Norwich In the News: “Camp Teaches Teens to Solve Cyber Crimes”

Norwich University Office of Communications

Updated July 14, 2015

Vermont Public Radio’s story on the Norwich GenCyber@NU digital forensics summer camp for high school juniors and seniors was rebroadcast by the national news program Here & Now. A co-production of NPR and WBUR in Boston, Here & Now is carried on 383 radio stations across the country and is heard by an estimated 3.6 million listeners each week. The midday news program aired the GenCyber@NU segment on July 13, 2015.

VPR radio reporter Charlotte Albright first profiled the GenCyber@NU program on June 25, 2015. The free, weeklong camp allowed 20 rising high school juniors and seniors to explore the fields of cybersecurity and digital forensics with Norwich faculty and cybersecurity majors. Participants built their own computers and solved a fictional crime by real-life gangsters Bonnie and Clyde. Albright interviewed camp co-directors Prof. Peter Stephenson and recent Norwich computer security and information assurance graduate Katya Lopez ’15.

You can listen to the full VPR story here.

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 in the News: AP Story on GenCyber Summer Camp

A feature on free summer cyber camps sponsored by the NSF and NSA spotlights the GenCyber camp for high school juniors and seniors at Norwich this summer and quotes Prof. Peter Stephenson.
Norwich University Office of Communications

May 4, 2015

Wilson Ring of the Associated Press wrote about Norwich University’s free, week-long GenCyber summer cybersecurity camp for high school juniors and seniors in a May 2, 2015 article, “Summer Camps With a Mission: To Create Cybersecurity Experts”:

    “At Vermont’s Norwich University, 20 high school students will build computers they’ll be able to take home … And none of the children or their parents will have to pay a cent.”

Picked up by national and international media outlets, the wire service feature takes a broad look at a variety of National Security Agency and National Science Foundation-sponsored cybersecurity camps for tweens and teens being held across the country this summer. The article explains that the free day or overnight summer programs are part of a larger effort by the federal government to nurture an interest in cybersecurity among young people to better meet the country’s growing—and largely, unmet—need for a well-trained cybersecurity workforce.

Among other sources, Ring interviewed Norwich University professor and cyber expert Peter Stephenson, PhD, who teaches classes in network attack and defense, digital forensics, and cyber investigation:

    “The 20 high school students who will attend the Norwich University camp in Northfield, which is national recognized for its cybersecurity programs, will build their own computers, learn about attacking and defending networks, and hear from speakers, said Peter Stephenson, the director of the school’s Center for Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics.
    ‘Obviously, the government is hoping, especially the NSA, is hoping that they’ll be able to take advantage of some of these students as they progress, but there’s no requirement here that these students move on to government,’ Stephenson said.”

The AP story has been picked up by ABCNews.com, the Houston Chronicle, and the South Florida Times, among other outlets.

NSF Awards Norwich Grant for Free Teen Summer Cyber Camp

Norwich University Office of Communications

April 17, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University has received a grant for $55,675 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.

Students will dive into the fields of cyber security and cyber defense while building their own computers, which are theirs to take home at the end of the week. The pre-college program will be held June 21-27 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, program fees, and round-trip airfare and transportation to and from the Norwich University campus (as applicable), are covered at no cost to GenCyber@NU participants.

Applications are due May 1. Interested students should submit a letter of interest, a letter of recommendation, and an unofficial high school transcript via email to gencyber@norwich.edu. For more information, please visit: http://profschools.norwich.edu/business/gen-cyber-camp/.

About Norwich University Cyber Security Education

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.

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.

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. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu    

Media Contact
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
(802) 485-2886, (m) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich Offers Architecture, Cybersecurity Summer Camps for Teens

Rising juniors and seniors will build their own computer and study cyberdefense in a free, week-long camp sponsored by the National Science Foundation, while budding architects explore design with top Norwich faculty.
Norwich University Office of Communications

April 10, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University is offering two new summer camps led by standout Norwich faculty and alumni for rising high school juniors and seniors.

The first program, GenCyber@NU, is a free, US government-sponsored camp for cyber security and cyber defense in which students will build their own computers to take home. The week-long pre-college program, to be held from June 21-27, is designed for students interested in information security, digital forensics, cyberattack defense, and personal online protection.

The camp is funded by a grant from the National Security Agency and National Science Foundation and is FREE for attending students. All expenses for the week-long program, including tuition, room and board, round-trip airfare and transportation to and from the Norwich University campus (as applicable), field trips, and other program fees are covered at no cost to GenCyber participants.

Applications are due May 1. Interested students should submit a letter of interest, a letter of recommendation and an unofficial high school transcript via email to gencyber@norwich.edu. For more information: bit.do/cyber-camp.

Norwich University undergraduate and online graduate programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education and are certified by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE). Norwich University has been a member of the National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps Scholarship for Service program since 2002.

The second program is facilitated by Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art, which will hold a Summer Design Academy from July 5-11. During the weeklong program, students will grapple with design thinking and explore the communication of their ideas through various media and hands-on projects.

Workshops, lectures, demonstrations and off-campus experiences complement daily design studios. Students will gain a broader view of the field while developing skills and portfolio materials to add to their college applications. Students will also be advised on the college admission and portfolio-building processes.

Local designer and Norwich alumnus Joshua Chafe of Truex Cullins in Burlington, Vt., will join School of Architecture + Art faculty to provide design guidance and critique as students learn to design and build full-scale structures and spaces during studio time.

The cost, including room and board, is $750. Applications will be accepted through May 20. For more information: http://bit.ly/1CDBp8r.

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture. Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only NAAB accredited architecture school in northern New England.

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. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
(802) 485-2886, (m) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu