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GenCyber Summer Camps for Middle and High School Students in North Texas (Summer 2023)

GenCyber Program

The GenCyber program provides free summer cybersecurity camps across the nation for students and teachers at the K-12 level. Funding for the GenCyber program is provided jointly by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. As part of the solution to the Nation's shortfall of skilled cybersecurity professionals, the primary purpose of the program is to support the growth of the next generation of cybersecurity experts for the nation. The goals of the GenCyber summer camps are to "increase interest in cybersecurity careers and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the nation, help all students understand correct and safe on-line behavior and how they can be good digital citizens, and improve teaching methods for delivery of cybersecurity content in K-12 curricula." For more information about the GenCyber program, please visit

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GenCyber Cybersecurity Summer Camps at UNT

The GenCyber Cybersecurity Program at the University of North Texas is part of the GenCyber program. The program is hosted by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, which was has been designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) and National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Our vision as part of the GenCyber program is to engage students at an early age in cybersecurity field and inspire them to become skilled cybersecurity professionals. The goals of our summer camps are to help students at an early age to understand correct and safe on-line behavior, increase students' interest in cybersecurity careers and improve diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the nation.

The GenCyber Cybersecurity summer camps at UNT are non-residential, day camps. In the camp, students will be exposed to cryptography, network security and digital forensics through highly engaging and interactive activities including games, hands-on labs, animation/simulations, videos, and invited speakers. The camp curriculum is at introductory level and prior computer programming or cybersecurity knowledge and experience are not required. The GenCyber summer camps at UNT are open to North Texas middle and high school students who are in the 7th-11th grades (i.e., rising the 8th-12th grades in Fall 2023) at no cost.

The curriculum will center around the GenCyber Cybersecurity Concepts and the GenCyber Cybersecurity First Principles which are fundamental to understanding and practicing effective cybersecurity, and represent the foundation upon which cybersecurity mechanisms are reliably built and cybersecurity policies can be reliably implemented.

GenCyber Cybersecurity Concepts: Defense in Depth, Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability, Think Like an Adversary, and Keep It Simple.

GenCyber Cybersecurity First Principles: Data Hiding Least Privilege, Abstraction Domain Separation, Resource Encapsulation Simplicity, Modularity Process Isolation, and Layering.



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