Inspiring a new generation of students to consider the cyber security field is the goal of a free summer day camp next week at the University of San Diego.
The GenCyber Academy of Excellence, funded by the National Security Agency and National Science Foundation, takes place from July 25 to 29.
“In order to meet the cyber challenges facing the military, corporations and other U.S. institutions, we need to build a pipeline of young people ready to go into these fields,” said Winnie Callahan, director of the University San Diego Center for Cyber Security Engineering and Technology. “Capturing their interest and attention at an early age is the way to do that.”
USD is one of some 80 universities to receive funding for a camp nationally, and the only one in San Diego. The program includes formal instruction by engineering faculty, hands-on experience with cyber defense tools, and field trips to local cyber security organizations and companies including Sony and Qualcomm.
Students will respond to mock cyber attacks and hacking, and learn how to design systems to prevent them.
More than 400 applications were received for just 40 spots in the camp.
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