National Cyber Warrior Academy
A GenCyber Summer Camp
The National Cyber Warrior Academy (NCWA) GenCyber summer camp is a ten-day, residential cyber academy for area high school students at the University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Dahlonega Campus. The camp is scheduled for June 21-July 1, 2017.
The mission of the NCWA is to inspire the next generation of cyber operations and cybersecurity professionals in the north Georgia region.
Housed at The Military College of Georgia and one of six Senior Military Colleges in the nation, UNG’s NCWA GenCyber program will prepare students for military, federal service, and civilian cybersecurity career paths with an emphasis on personal, organizational, and national cybersecurity awareness and ethical cyber operations training in a 10-day, residential cyber camp.
The academy includes 80 hours of instructional and extension activities, including 40 hours of hands-on labs in learner-centered classrooms using the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) iLabs curriculum. The standards-based content will reinforce Cybersecurity First Principles through hands-on exercises. In addition to lab exercises, students will participate in extension activities involving coding in Python, Sphero robotics, Drone programming, 3D printing, car hacking, and capture-the-flag and red-team/blue-team events.
The mix of mini-lectures, hands-on labs, mid-day get-up-and-move extension activities, and evening team-building and CTF events will engage learners using multiple modalities. Daily scrum presentations, Q&A, and student presentations of various hacking exercises and Cyber First Principles concepts will help students take active ownership of their learning experiences.
Physical fitness is part of the academy with students participating in daily athletics or moderate aerobic exercise and calisthenics.
We will review and select the top 40 applicants between May 1 and May 20. We will notify you of your status before May 31. If you are selected, we will provide you with registration and logistical information.
Dr. Bryson Payne is a tenured professor of computer science in the Mike Cottrell College of Business at the University of North Georgia and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®).
Dr. Payne is the author of the popular book Teach Your Kids to Code: A Parent-Friendly Guide to Python Programming (2015) from No Starch Press, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Tamirat Abegaz is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UNG. He earned his Ph.D. from Clemson University and brings a wealth of user experience to the University of North Georgia.
Prior to joining UNG, Abegaz served in a variety of web development roles in Ethiopia including senior web developer for Africa Union, and as project manager for Commercial and National Bank of Ethiopia.
Why at UNG?
The NCWA is a collaboration of the Center for Cyber Operations Education, the Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies, and the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at UNG. Our sister program, the Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA), has a successful six-year track record of preparing high school students for college-level foreign language or international affairs education leading toward a potential career in federal service in Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Korean and German.
What's the cost?
Free. The National Cyber Warrior Academy is funded by a grant from GenCyber.
Who may participate and what are the requirements?
High school students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors in fall 2017.
Priority consideration will be given to students who are FSLA graduates or who have studied a strategic language (such as Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) in school or elsewhere.
Priority consideration also will be given to students who have demonstrated high aptitude and achievement in high school math and/or computer science courses (>3.5 GPA in Math/CS courses), or who have participated in computer-related extracurricular activities (e.g. computer programming, robotics or cyber competition team membership, etc.).
Cyber Programs at UNG
Click the links below for more information:
Dr. Bryson Payne, CISSP®, Director
Center for Cyber Operations Education
129 Barnes Hall, Dahlonega Campus
Articles About the Academy
UNG: Power Player in Cybersecurity Education in Georgia
Inside UNG, April 18, 2017
Cyber Competitions for High School Students
- US-CERT Cyber Competition Search - National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies
- National Cyberwatch Center - Upcoming Conferences/Events
- MITRE Cyber Academy (High School and College)
- CyberPatriot (Middle and High School)