NSF awards Norwich grant for free teen summer cyber camp for second year

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

July 7, 2016

Norwich University has received a grant for more than $72,000 from the National Science Foundation, with support from the National Security Agency, to lead a weeklong summer camp on cybersecurity for rising high school juniors and seniors. Dubbed GenCyber@NU, the comprehensive program is free to all participants and will be taught by standout Norwich faculty and alumni.

Twenty-one students will dive into the fields of cybersecurity and cyberdefense. The pre-college program will be held July 17-23 and is designed for students interested in information security, digital forensics, cyberattack defense, and personal online protection.

All expenses for the week-long program, including tuition, room and board, field trips and program fees are covered at no cost to GenCyber@NU participants. This is the second year in a row that Norwich is offering this free program.

When asked last year to name a favorite aspect of the camp, students said: “Hands-on activities and good counselors,” and “I Ioved the fact that they were teaching us things such as the tools used for the forensic studies.”

About GenCyber:

“GenCyber” is a partnership between the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation to help young people learn about cybersecurity and how skills in that area can pay off for them in the future. Educating the next generation of cybersecurity experts is a priority for leaders in both the public and private sectors. Cyber threats are only growing, and improving defenses to better protect the nation is a must in this digital era. While the program, launched in 2014, focuses on raising awareness among students, camps for teachers are also available to help educators build curricula for their own schools.

GenCyber summer camps will be hosted by non-profit organizations, K-12 school systems, and university and college campuses in 35 states, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. The program is exposing largely middle and high school students and teachers to subject matter and cyber problem solving that will help prepare them for college coursework. The camps, some of which are overnight, are free for participants.

This is the third year of the program. The goal is to expand GenCyber from the current 133 camps to 200 by 2020.

About Norwich University Cyber Security Education:

Ranked #2 by the Ponemon Institute for cybersecurity in the U.S., Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cybersecurity education.

Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 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).

Beginning in 2002, Norwich University became a member of what is now called National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program.

Norwich recently announced it has officially partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs.

In February 2016 the Norwich University cybersecurity program was the only educational institution to be invited to support Super Bowl 50.

Most recently Norwich’s online graduate program was named one of the top 10 best cybersecurity graduate programs in the country by Universities.com.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

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Norwich University welcomes high school students to GenCyber cybersecurity camp

Today, Norwich University kicks-off a week-long pre-college cybersecurity program for 20 high school students called GenCyber@NU. Funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, participants will learn, explore, experiment and apply basic concepts of programming, forensics and cryptography, through a series of gaming, modeling, and simulation activities with peers and faculty mentors in a university setting.

The week-long overnight camp is offered at no cost to the students and includes building a computer for each student to take home. All classes are taught by faculty and alumni of Norwich University’s nationally recognized cybersecurity program.

GenCyber summer camps will be held on 29 university and college campuses in 18 states this year – exposing largely middle and high school students and teachers to subject matter and cyber problem solving that will help prepare them for college coursework. The camps, some of which are overnight, are free for participants.

This is the second year of the program. The goal is to expand GenCyber from the current 43 camps to 200 by 2020.

About GenCyber:

“GenCyber” is a new partnership between the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation to help young people learn about cybersecurity and how skills in that area can pay off for them in the future. Educating the next generation of cybersecurity experts is a priority for leaders in both the public and private sectors. Cyber threats are only growing, and improving defenses to better protect the nation is a must in this digital era.While the program, launched in 2014, focuses on raising awareness among students, camps for teachers are also available to help educators build curricula for their own schools.

About Norwich University:

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance 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). Ranked #2 by the Ponemon Institute for cyber security in the U.S., Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education.

Editor’s note: Pictured above, Jake Poretsky, 17, of Northborough, Mass., checks into GenCyber@NU, a weeklong cybersecurity camp held at Vermont’s Norwich University and funded by the NSA and NSF.

Photo credit: Norwich University/Mark Collier

Norwich University Applied Research Institutes Names New Board Member

Bank president and CEO Thomas S. Leavitt will join the 11-member board, bringing particular expertise to NUARI’s financial-sector cyberthreat security work
Norwich University Office of Communications

April 30, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) named Northfield Savings Bank President and CEO Thomas S. Leavitt, of Waterbury Center, to the NUARI board of directors.

Leavitt joins 10 directors on the board, bringing 22 years of banking experience, including oversight of all functions and a history of community and board involvement.

A Burlington, Vt., native, Leavitt holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business & Economics and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Leavitt will bring significant insight to NUARI’s focus on supporting the U.S. financial sector with unique cybersecurity tools.

“NUARI is at the vanguard of cybersecurity research and information assurance education. Leading an institution that is part of the nation’s financial system, I am acutely aware of the threats that must be vigilantly managed,” Leavitt said. “It is an honor to join a board comprised of leaders that have served at the highest levels of national defense, industry and academia.”

NUARI has collaborated with the Department of Homeland Security to help prepare individuals and institutions to respond to catastrophic network failures, natural disasters, distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks and other events that can impact market activity, communications and essential services for critical infrastructure.

To that end, NUARI created DECIDE-FS®, a massive, multi-participant simulator that places decision makers, securities traders, IT and other stakeholders into complex, simulated scenarios focused on the effects of cyber incidents as well as other hazards.

In 2011, NUARI ran Quantum Dawn I, the largest critical infrastructure cyber threat exercises for the U.S. financial sector. A follow-up exercise in 2013, Quantum Dawn II, drew 50 organizations and 500 participants in the financial sector. The only cyber threat exercise of its kind, Quantum Dawn III is planned for later this year.

“NUARI is building upon its leadership in developing [its] cyber threat war-gaming platform, DECIDE-FS, and is looking forward to Tom’s significant service in banking and finance to help NUARI’s strategic focus in this area,” said Phil Susmann, NUARI president.

Directors serve two-year terms and can serve up to ten years.

“Norwich University and Northfield Savings Bank have a strong bond that dates to the founding of our bank in 1867” Leavitt said. “I look forward to working with Phil Susmann and the NUARI team to support the advancement of a vital 21st century mission.”

About NUARI

The Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) were federally chartered under legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) in 2002 and are funded in part through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. NUARI is dedicated to pursuing the ideals of Norwich University founder Captain Alden Partridge to participate in the building of the nation and to prepare its graduates to protect the American way of life. NUARI builds on the university’s status as a National Security Agency Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

NUARI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, serves the national public interest through the study of critical national issues and the development of related educational and training programs by conducting rapid research, developing and deploying necessary technologies, and by addressing related policy, information management and technology issues to enhance a national capability for preparedness and response. NUARI accomplishes its mission by developing strategic alliances, partnerships, collaborations, and outreach programs with diverse public and private sector stakeholders, communities of governmental and non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions, and business and industry associations and entities.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

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