The next generation of cyber warriors recently wrapped up a week-long camp at Catawba Valley Community College. Fifty middle and high school students learned more about cybersecurity careers and “ethical hacking” at GenCyber Summer Camp held at CVCC.
CVCC provided the free experience to educate children about careers in a rapidly growing, high-demand career field. In a hands-on environment, students learned from a combination of lectures and interactive activities, followed by group competitions. Topics taught included computer hardware, operating systems, cybersecurity tools, hacking tools and ethics.
CVCC offered the free experience through GenCyber, which received grants funds from the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.
Cyber threats are real, constant, and always changing, according to NSA’s GenCyber Program Manager Tina Ladabouche. The NSA grant provides GenCyber Camp opportunities for children to learn more about this issue that affects everyone and will continue to do so in the future.
“We had students who were eager to learn about ‘White Hat, Black Hat’ hackers,” said CVCC Information Systems Security Instructor Rick Barnes. “They learned that some hacking—ethical hacking—is actually good.”
Century Furniture Technical Services Manager Stacy Duncan spoke to students about information technology. He called the camp an investment in the future for local businesses.
For more information about future GenCyber Camps, contact Rick Barnes, 828-327-7000, ext. 4312, firstname.lastname@example.org.