The University of New Mexico is hosting the National Security Agency's 2015 Cyber-security summer camp for high school students. Called GenCyber, the two week camp will be held on UNM’s main campus July 13-17 and 20-24. Sessions will start each day at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Camp activities will be held in UNM computer labs with extensive hands-on activities. 

GenCyber will give middle and high school students a chance to learn about the state of the art in a university setting. All courses are taught by faculty from the University of New Mexico, and the camps are offered at no cost to participants.

GenCyber will also teach educators by helping them gain knowledge and skills in the cyber-security field and design curricula to train the next generation cyber-security workforce.

Camp topics include:

  • Information security principles and assessments
  • Digital forensics
  • Visit to the FBI Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory
  • Security concepts with Linux
  • Attack and defense tools and scenarios
  • Academic and career pathways in cyber-security and information assurance

The camp can accommodate up to 40 student participants. Local (Albuquerque area) participants must provide their own transportation to and from the camp. Pending final funding approval from the National Science Foundation, UNM expects to fund up to 15 students from locations outside of Albuquerque. Funding will include mileage and hotel costs. Out-of-town students must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or teacher while in Albuquerque who must supervise the student during non-camp hours.  Teachers and student groups may attend the camp together.

GenCyber is funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. University and college campuses in 18 states are hosting GenCyber summer camps this year. Officials plan to expand from the current 43 camps to 200 by 2020.

For more information, contact Nishia Largo