University of Pennsylvania is offering a free Cybersecurity Camp for middle and
high school students and teachers from June 13 to June 17, 2016, on the IUP campus.
camp is part of a national initiative supported by the National Security Agency
and the National Science Foundation. IUP is the only school in Pennsylvania
that is part of this initiative for 2016.
for the camp are due by May 23, 2016, but late registrations may be considered based
on availability. Information about the camp and application forms are available
at the IUP GenCyber website. The
camp is limited to 45 participants (30 students and 15 teachers).
camp runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Lunch and a snack will be provided
as part of the program, which includes direct instruction, group activities, and
hands-on experiences. It will be taught by a team of faculty with established
expertise in cybersecurity teaching and research.
students will receive a free miniature computer to take home; all teachers will
receive a free iPad to take home. Teachers will also receive Act 48 credits and
mileage reimbursement for those who commute to the camp for 10 miles or more is
Waleed Farag, Department of Computer Science, and Dighton (Mac) Fiddner, Department of Political Science, received a grant of $50,000 from the National Security Agency for this
program, “Fostering a Strong Cybersecurity Culture in High and Middle School Students
and Teachers in Western Pennsylvania Through a Holistic Multidisciplinary Approach.”
camp has two main goals for students,” Farag said. “First, to increase interest
in cybersecurity careers and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the
nation; second, to help students understand correct and safe online behavior,
including learning hacking defense techniques.”
“For teachers, the program is designed
to help improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content for
kindergarten through grade 12,” Farag said. The program for teachers will
present multidisciplinary cybersecurity teaching skills and modules to be used
in the classroom.
to national experts, jobs in cybersecurity have grown 91 percent nationally, and the
demand for cybersecurity workers is expected to rise to 6 million globally.
more information, persons may contact Farag at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at
A 2014 Ponemon Institute study
ranks Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Computer Science Department among
the top 25 percent of 183 American schools for cybersecurity education. The
Ponemon Institute conducts independent research on digital privacy and
This ranking reflects
IUP history of recognition for excellence in the field of cybersecurity and
IUP is a National
Cyber Security Alliance “Champion,” recognized by the National Cyber Security
Alliance. IUP was recognized in a 2014 national survey of “Best Schools for
Cybersecurity” by HP Enterprise Security, released in October 2015. The
university was ranked in the top 25 percent of all cybersecurity programs in
the nation. Only four Pennsylvania colleges and universities were rated in the
The university is a
recent recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation to support
women and minorities in cybersecurity. It has received several NSF grants
related to this discipline.
IUP was first
selected as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance
by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security in
2002, a recognition that the university continues to hold. IUP is one of only six institutions in
Pennsylvania and one of just 102 universities in the nation selected for this
IUP’s program is unique because of its interdisciplinary
character, blending the disciplines of criminology and computer science. In
addition to the development of computer programs and systems for cybersecurity,
IUP’s program focuses on cybercrime detection, loss prevention, and how to
collect the evidence to prosecute cybersecurity offenders.