University of San Diego to Host California’s Only Advanced GenCyber Camp

They are still in high school but a group of students from around the country will explore some of the most sophisticated elements of cybersecurity at California’s only Advanced GenCyber Rising Stars Camp at the University of San Diego.

Students will take on roles as security engineer, cyber investigator, penetration tester and cyber analyst at the camp funded by the National Security Agency that runs from Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4.

 “Nearly every day, our nation faces cyber attacks on our security, government, industry and nonprofit institutions,” said Chell Roberts, Dean of the USD Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. “We are honored and excited to host this exclusive advanced camp that will help develop a pipeline of talented, young professionals to meet these challenges.”

 “Unlike typical Cyber Boot Camps where the entire focus is on a monolithic, Capture the Flag event to solve puzzles and earn points, the GenCyber Advanced Boot Camp gives students a crash course in advanced tools for exploiting vulnerabilities in target systems and performing hands-on malware analysis,” said Ash Mozano, Professor at the USD Center for Cyber Security Engineering and Technology.  “The camp culminates with a gamified hacking experience where students will really put their newly acquired knowledge and tools to the test.”

 As they explore password cracking, incident management and other advanced topics, students will be using Project Ares that provides cybersecurity teams the opportunity to practice skills and hone tactics via a next-generation online gaming platform developed by Boulder, Colorado-based Circadence, a recognized leader in the federal cybersecurity community.

 The camp also includes formal instruction from USD faculty, team projects to solve cybersecurity problems, field trips to cybersecurity organizations in San Diego and speakers including Erik La Cam, San Diego Special Agent Secret Service Computer Forensics, and Laura Lee, Executive Vice President of Cyber Training & Assessments at Circadence.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.