High School Students to Become Cyber Warriors at University of San Diego Camp

High school students will have the opportunity to become cyber warriors at a camp hosted by the University of San Diego Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering from Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29. The camp runs from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day in Loma Hall.

One of only four schools funded in California, and the only one in San Diego, USD's GenCyber program is funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency.

The GenCyber Academy of Excellence offers 10th through 12th graders the opportunity to learn the basics of cyber security skills and ethics, along with a variety of exciting activities including responding to mock cyber attacks and hacking, and designing systems to prevent them.

“With daily cyber attacks on government, corporations and other key institutions, these camps are building a pipeline of young people ready to meet these challenges and develop interest in careers that offer starting salaries of $80,000 or more,” said Chell Roberts, Dean of the USD Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering.

The camp also includes field trips to the FBI and General Atomics in San Diego along with a Cyber Range Demo on Friday where students will put their hacking skills to the test using Network Mapper (Nmap) to scan sites without being detected and obtain protocol, ports and other key information to penetrate a site.

More than 200 applications were received from all over the country for 40 spots in the camp. Students selected range from those with lots of experience to those from underrepresented communities who will be encouraged to consider STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.

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 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’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 recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that 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.


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