NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University has earned two grants totaling more than $187,000 from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to host two virtual cybersecurity summer camps.

These comprehensive programs, free to all participants, will be taught by standout Norwich faculty and students including Director of the Center for Cybersecurity and Forensics Education and Research Professor Dr. Huw Read.

The application deadline is May 14.

The two grants were awarded in 2020 and deferred until now because of the coronavirus pandemic. They are: $88,047.79 for GenCyber@NU and $98,962.49 for GenCyberForensics@NU.

GenCyber@NU, for the CyberSecurious, running June 28 to July 2, is in its sixth year and is all about understanding cyber basics, good cyberhygiene, and protecting yourself online. GenCyberForensics@NU, for the CyberSleuths, running July 12 to July 16, is in its third year, and is for those who want to learn how the professionals track criminals through cyberspace.

High school students entering their junior or senior years in fall 2021 are invited to apply for the camps.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, letter of recommendation and an unofficial high school transcript via the online submission for GenCyber@NU: and for GenCyberForensics@NU,

GenCyber@NU features:

  • Introduction to Cyber: Learn about information security and cyber forensics through lectures, labs and from guest speakers.
  • Hands-on exercises: CyberCorps camp counselors and faculty will reveal the inner workings of computers, networks, security and forensics in our “virtual war room.”
  • Hardware activities: Build a mini-computer and turn it into a digital forensic workstation!
  • Guest speakers: Experts will present “hot topics” in cyber and facilitate a Q&A with campers about life as a cyber specialist.
  • Competitive exercises: Wrap up your camp experience with surprise cyber forensic challenges. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

GenCyber participants will be provided with the hardware and software to build a minicomputer that they’ll keep at the end of the program.

GenCyberForensics@NU features:

  • Introduction to Cyber Forensics: Learn about the different jobs you can do within forensics, and get a sense of each.
  • Deep dive: Enjoy detailed training with hands-on exercises in several tools used for analyzing computers and mobile devices – with the opportunity to take a certification exam!
  • Follow the breadcrumbs: Including Norwich’s digital detective whodunit.
  • Guest speakers: Experts will present “hot topics” in forensics and facilitate a Q&A about life as a forensic specialist.
  • Competitive exercises: Surprise cyber forensic challenges with prizes awarded to the winners.

GenCyberForensics@NU participants will be provided with the hardware and software to do remote security checks, which students keep at the end of the program.

Norwich University’s cybersecurity education programs are ranked No. 2 nationally by the Ponemon Institute and consistently rank among the nation’s best. Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Defense Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3).

In 2020, Norwich University was designated the lead institution of the nation’s six Senior Military Colleges to develop the Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Institute program using grant funding provided by NSA. The Norwich Cyber Institute is now developing academic, experiential (internal/external), and educational infrastructure leading to a talent pipeline for potential careers in the military and civilian DoD cyber workforce.

In 2020, Norwich University was also awarded a two-year NSA grant to lead the Cybersecurity Evidencing Competency Oversight Project. Norwich is leading workgroups to determine the development and measurement of competency in students, competitions, and tools. In support, the Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) is developing and executing 10 regional NCAE-C cybersecurity exercises engaging students for skills competency development and measurement.

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