The University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity hosted two combination GenCyber camps for high school students and grade school teachers in July. The UWF Center for Cybersecurity staff incorporated the NSA Day of Cyber, Basic Cyber Challenges, the NSA Weekly Crytogram Challenge and the GenCyber First 10 Principles into the camp curriculum.
West Florida High School junior Malcolm Pressley said Day of Cyber “is definitely worth checking out.” Pressley particularly enjoyed the video that allowed him to experience a day in the life of six National Security Agency professionals. He said his profile matched with those of a director and computer network operator, and the Day of Cyber program further convinced him that he possesses the skillset for a career in cybersecurity. Gulf Breeze High School freshman Foster Ware said the video opened his eyes to all of the possible careers at NSA.
A panel of cybersecurity experts addressed some of the Day of Cyber roles during an hour-long session with camp participants. Teachers learned how to use Day of Cyber training in the classroom, and the UWF Center for Cybersecurity staff encouraged the teachers to use the material in their courses. Students competed in Capture the Flag on the final day of the camp. Capture the Flag included topics from the Cyber Challenge such as Morse code, cryptology and general problem solving.
For any additional information about the camps, please view our social media platforms. We posted throughout the two weeks on Twitter @UWFCyber, our UWF Center for Cybersecurity Linkedin account, and our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UWFCyber/
Also, we blogged about the camp and distributed the blog to media, corporate partners, school district administrators and participants: http://uwf.edu/centers/center-for-cybersecurity/blog/headline-170730-en.html.