GenCyber returns to UW-Green Bay, Aug. 5-9

Local educators can attend at no cost

Green Bay, Wis. — For the third year in a row, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement was awarded a grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) for its GenCyber program, the only of its kind in Wisconsin.

The Division was awarded $57,000 for a GenCyber teacher camp, which will be held Aug. 5-9. The vision of the GenCyber program is to be part of the solution to the nation’s shortfall of skilled cybersecurity professionals. Ensuring that enough young people are inspired to direct their talents in this area is critical to national and economic security especially as the country becomes more reliant on cyber-based technology in every aspect of their daily lives.

A team of cybersecurity experts will guide teachers through hands-on activities using current technologies, introduce the concept of digital citizenship and providing online safety information to share in their classrooms.

The camp curriculum will be covering the following:

— Secure Coding Elements, Defensive Programming Fundamentals (Software Security)

— Programming using Raspberry Pi Linux Commands (basics, file permissions, networking)

— Programming with Python

— Cryptography and its Applications (Information & Usable Security)

— Networking Security Basics

— Mobile Security

— Cyber Intelligence: Privacy and Machine Learning (Human Security & Surveillance)

— Database Security (including data-privacy and ethics)

— System Security (including OS level security topics)

— Cybersecurity Educational Software-Apps-Tools (Freeware)

— Capture the Flag Models and Cyber-School Competition Programs

Teachers will be provided a $500 stipend for their participation. They will receive $250 of that after their completion of the camp week.

The other $250 is contingent upon completion of implementing at least one camp lesson plan (or provided curricular module related to the GenCyber first-principles topic) or implement an instance of the Capture the Flag model in their classrooms/school during the Fall 2019 semester. New this year, participants will have the opportunity to earn a CyberChip digital badge.

To apply for camp, go to www.uwgb.edu/technology-camps/gencyber.

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