Cybersecurity

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Join us for one week of pre-college, academic classes!

Our Cybersecurity pre-college program experience will help you understand the basics of confidentiality, integrity and availability as applied to a variety of challenges. Use the Windows operating system as an example of a system that can be manipulated by an adversary. You will learn the basics and background, work to understand the workings of a computer and where mistakes can occur, passwords, configurations, user permissions and more.

This course will also teach about networks and how the computer, mobile device, or tablet all rely on the Internet and local networking to exchange information. Other learning opportunities will include:

  • Cryptography and secrets that can be protected with mathematical algorithms.
  • Securing passwords, files and messages
  • Understanding challenges like capture the flag exercises using material that will be covered in class to prepare for a competition to be held on the last day
  • The culmination will be a Hackathon competition where student participants will compete to negotiate challenges in a fun environment (with possible hints) in different domains.

This program is a hands-on course ideally suited for students completing grades 10-12. If you have not taken a computer course you will be teamed up with more experienced students. For students with more skills, you will be challenged to share your knowledge to anchor your understanding, acting as team leads in exercises learning new concepts and techniques.

Expectations – We will have fun learning however this is meant to be an academic enrichment program, not a week long hangout with video games. There will be some reading and exercises along the way that will challenge you and allow you to consider if this is an area you would like to study.

Resources – You can find information online at www.cyberseek.org describing the demand for cybersecurity workers in the Unites States. Globally, over 2 million workers are needed as the economy relies more and more on the internet to manage transactions, track financial assets and perform commerce.

Facilities – Utilize the state of the art Cyber Lab at the Embry-Riddle Prescott Campus with faculty and students from the Cyber Intelligence and Security degree program. The National Security Agency (NSA) recently acclaimed the program as a NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. The lab has 24 stations with dedicated servers and an isolated network for experimentation and education.

For: High School Students ages 15-18 who are interested in cybersecurity

Program Fee: $1,300

Program Dates: July 12-17, 2020

Location: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott, 3700 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, AZ 86301

Registrations will be accepted until the program is full. The total enrollment capacity for this program is 14 per week.

Registration Process

Complete our Registration form and deposit by clicking "Register Today" at the top of this page. Once you register and pay the deposit, you are conditionally enrolled in the program.

Registration/Enrollment Packet - An email receipt of payment with a link will be sent to you after the registration/enrollment and deposit has been submitted, to download, complete and return to our office.

We must receive the completed Registration/Enrollment Packet within 30 days to hold your spot in this program.

Once we have received all required documents, your student is fully accepted to the program.

Personal Statement: Each participant is required to submit a personal statement of 150-250 words answering the following question: "Please tell us what attending this program would mean to you." Then submit to the Summer Programs Office with your Registration Packet.

Teacher Recommendation: Please print the Teacher Recommendation form and have completed by a teacher, then submit to the Summer Programs Office with your Registration Packet. This form must be returned for your registration to be complete.

Registration Packet: A link will be sent to you after the registration has been completed to download, complete and return to our office.

Parents, guardians and families are invited and encouraged to participate in the Completion Luncheon/Dinner on Friday at noon. The Completion Luncheon/Dinner for the Summer Programs participants is included in the cost of tuition; please do not include the student in your count.

The fee for our luncheon guests is $18 per person. If you have any questions, please contact our office at (928) 777-3956.
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Contact Information

Prescott, AZ
Phone: 928-777-3956
Email: prsummer@erau.edu

Summer Overnight Camps

Live on campus like Embry-Riddle students and explore career possibilities in flight, mechanical engineering, global security, or what it is like to be a NASA astronaut.

Embry-Riddle's overnight summer programs at the Daytona Beach Campus and Prescott Campus introduce the technology of today to the aviators, engineers, and astronauts of tomorrow.

Students live in on-campus dormitories — under the supervision of approved counselors — and share their initial experience of University living with other young people near their age