IUP Receives Funding for Seventh Annual GenCyber Summer Program

Posted on 11/30/21 11:28 AM

For the seventh consecutive year, IUP has been awarded funding from the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation to offer a free week-long GenCyber summer program along with pre/post camp activities for middle and high school students. 

Waleed Farag, director of the IUP Institute for Cybersecurity and professor of computer science, has been project director for the GenCyber program since the first offering in the summer of 2016. Through funding from the NSA and NSF, Farag and his team have been able to offer eight GenCyber summer camps for students and teachers, featuring topics ranging from physical security and hacking techniques, to digital forensics and robot programming.

The 2022 GenCyber camp will be held June 13–17. Camp lessons will cover a variety of topics and consist of group instruction, hands-on activities, and individual labs, taught by faculty with established expertise in cybersecurity education and research. This year program also include pre-/post-camp activities days. 

All student participants will leave camp with a stronger understanding of cybersecurity and new skills to help them stay safe online. Students will also receive an electronic kit to help explore cybersecurity topics during camp, and to take home once camp concludes.

Applications for participation are now open, with a submission deadline of February 4, 2022. All interested students should visit the GenCyber website to access detailed information and the online application. Questions can be sent to gen-cyber@iup.edu.