Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
Interested in learning about cybersecurity? This week-long virtual summer course introduces students to cybersecurity and concludes with a national cybersecurity competition for middle and high school students. The virtual course is designed for students who have not previously participated in cybersecurity competitions and have not previously taken a cybersecurity course. Some experience in computer science is helpful but not required. The camp is based on the national CyberPatriot program. Topics will range from how and why to set passwords to setting security policies in both Windows and Unix. By the conclusion of the course, you will be familiar with cybersecurity, be able to apply the concepts to both Windows and Unix operating systems, and will have the opportunity to test your skills against other beginning teams from around the country in a CyberPatriot competition.

Students will be expected to run a virtual machine on their device. Most laptops and desktops should work and the camp will walk students through the virtual machine (VM) installation process. Details will be shared in early June.

Questions? Contact Dr. Dan Massey (
*This class will consist of a combination of three synchronous sessions during the day and asynchronous work sessions.

Synchronous sessions will include:
9:00-9:45 a.m. Daily overview, guest speakers
12:30-1:00 p.m. Post-lunch review, guest speakers
2:45-3:00 p.m. Daily wrap-up

Asynchronous sessions will vary from track to track. Instructors will share details 1 week before the camps begin.

*For this camp you will need to access the internet. If you do not have a device to get on the internet, please complete the device loan survey that will be in the notification email you should receive after registering. If you do not receive this email, please reach out to Eric Berngen at and he will forward you the survey to assist with obtaining an iPad loan for the duration of the camp.
Ages: MS/High School
July 13-17 - 9:00 - 3:00
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