an initial and extremely successful cybersecurity camp for middle and high
school students and teachers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2016, IUP
is expanding the program to offer two free cybersecurity camps this summer at
camps are part of a national initiative supported by the National Security Agency
and the National Science Foundation. IUP is the only school in western Pennsylvania
that is part of this initiative for 2017.
directors Waleed Farag, Department of Computer Science, and Dighton (Mac) Fiddner, Department of Political Science, received two grants totaling $120,000 from the National
Security Agency for the program.
first camp, offered to both middle and high school teachers and students, will
be offered June 12 to 16 on the IUP campus. Applications for this camp are due
by May 21.
second camp, new this year, is Advanced Camp for middle and high school
students. It will be offered June 27 to July 3. It is technical oriented and
geared to students with previous programming and/or cybersecurity experience
and knowledge. Applications for this camp are due May 28.
about the camp and application forms are available at the IUP GenCyber webpage.
The combined camp is limited to 55
participants (40 students and 15 teachers); the student camp is limited to 30
camps run 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.
in the advanced camp will receive an Arduino Circuit Board to take home; students
in the student-teacher combined camp will receive a free Parrot Cargo Drone to
take home. All participating teachers will receive a free Chrome Book 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 available.
“The 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 on-line behavior, including learning hacking
“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% nationally, and the
demand for cybersecurity workers is expected to rise to 6 million globally.
more information, persons may contact Dr. Farag at email@example.com or by telephone at
A 2014 Ponemon Institute study
ranks IUP’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 security.
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 currently holding this recognition.
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.
From left: project
directors Waleed Farag and Dighton (Mac) Fiddner
received two grants totaling $120,000 from the National
Security Agency for the cybercamp program.