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AFA Summer CyberCamp

Introducing Students to Exciting Careers in Cybersecurity

Join us for the 7th annual Summer Cybersecurity Day Camp program in partnership with the Air Force Association’s Cyberpatriot program and the Liberty University Center for Cyber Excellence.

Through in-depth teaching, coupled with lots of hands-on application, students will be immersed in a cyberspace experience designed to heighten their understanding of the exciting opportunities for careers in Cybersecurity.

Throughout the week, they will train on cyberoperations which culminates on Friday when they protect and defend their network and systems during a simulated cyberevent.

2021 Camps:

  • Select from two camps (or attend both)
    • June 21-25 | Standard Camp
      • For beginners or
      • Students with limited computer experience
      • Rising 8th to rising 10th graders
      • While designed for 8th to 10th graders, the camp is also out to rising juniors and seniors who need this basic experience to:
        • Sharpen or practice cyber skills
        • Prepare themselves for a local CyberPatriot team
        • Prepare for attendance in our Advanced Camp (not a requirement for Advanced Camp)
  • July 12-16 | Advanced Camp
    • For students with some or limited computer knowledge
    • Students who attended a standard camp
    • Students active in the CyberPatriot program
    • Rising 9th to rising 12th graders

We encourage students to attend both camps and offer discounts in registration rates for the second camp. The topics covered are very similar however, in the advanced camp we dive deeper and we find the more advances students are able to help the other around them.

Location: Liberty University School of Business, Center for Cyber Excellence

Cost: Check back later 

Limited discounts and scholarships are available. Contact the ddonahoo@liberty.edu for details.


Qualifications

Each camp is designed to host 25 to 30 participants. This opens the door to up to 60 area youths to be selected to participate in the camp.

The camp will provide hands-on training and activities in the state-of-the-art computing resources in the new School of Business building.


Registration

Deadlines

  • Standard Camp: Online registration portal closes on June 15, 2021
  • Advanced Camp: Online registration portal closes on July 6, 2021

Waitlist for both camps will automatically start once the camps are full. Your registration will process but you will not be charged unless a slot opens. We always hold a few Advanced Camp registrations aside for campers in the Standard Camp who decide they want the Advanced Camp as well. At the end of the Standard camp, these slots will be opened to any waitlist.

For any other questions, please email ddonahoo@liberty.edu.


Program Vision

Provide a venue that will open the eyes of young students to the opportunities of a career path in Cybersecurity and thus to help solve our nation’s shortfall of skilled cybersecurity professionals.

Program Learning Objectives

  • Increase interest in cybersecurity in general and careers in the cybersecurity workforce
  • Help all students understand the importance of cyber safety and how to protect their personal devices and information from outside threats.
  • Emphasize fun, hands-on learning of cybersecurity principles that are relevant and applicable to everyday life.

Camp Highlights

New for this year’s camp is nationally recognized curriculum provided by AFA CyberCamp consisting of five instruction modules, student workbooks, demonstration software, and competition software that will teach students important skills in cyber safety and cybersecurity.

The curriculum is designed to be completed over five days, with the fifth day serving as a day of mini-competition. All sessions are Monday through Friday, with Fri​day being the mini-competition day.

Based on pre-camp surveys, our instructors will pick and choose which areas of interests their students might best learn from. For the first four days of the camp, instructors have the option to pick what topics are best suited for their session. The only day that cannot be flexible is the Friday Competition day.

Cybercamp Potential Subject Areas

  • Windows 10 Module
    • Windows Graphical Utilities,
    • Windows Command Line,
    • optional Sysinternals Suite
  • Cisco NetAcad Networking
  • Ubuntu 16 Module
    • Init Systems,
    • Advanced Command Line,
    • Processes and
    • Scheduled Tasks, optional
    • Security Policies and PAM,
    • optional Networking

Cybercamp Tentative Schedule

  • Monday: Cyber Ethics, Windows 10 Module
  • Tuesday: Windows 10 Module, Ubuntu 16
  • Wednesday: Ubuntu 16
  • Thursday: Cisco Networking
  • Friday: Mini-CyberPatriot Competition