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ITAM will host AFA High School CyberCamp at CWU Ellensburg Campus Summer 2019

Central Washington University to host AFA CyberCamp

Ellensburg, WA – Central Washington University is one of the distinguished organizations across the United States selected to participate in the 2019 season of the Air Force Association’s (AFA) CyberCamp Program beginning next summer.

As an AFA CyberCamp host, Central Washington University will receive software and a hands-on curriculum kit designed to teach students cyber safety, cyber ethics, and critical network security skills and tools. Each AFA CyberCamp will culminate in an exciting team-based competition that puts the campers in the role of IT administrators tasked with finding and addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated network environments. The local AFA CyberCamp competitions will closely mimic AFA’s annual CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which will enter its eleventh season in October.

According to Nathan White, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity and co-coordinator for the camp, there are two main goals for the camp. The first goal is to broaden students’ understanding of and interest in a cybersecurity career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cybersecurity careers are one of the fastest growing careers, and we want students to be aware of that as a potential career. Additionally, our second goal is to teach the students more about safe online behavior.

The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created by the Air Force Association in 2009 to attract students to cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.  In addition to the annual National Youth Cyber Defense Competition and the new AFA CyberCamp program, CyberPatriot has three other programs for various age groups. The Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) was designed to introduce young students to online safety. The Cyber Education Literature Series was created to teach younger children about cyber safety with the debut of the illustrated Children’s book: Sarah the Cyber Hero. The newest program for CyberPatriot is CyberGenerations: a senior citizens guide to cyber safety that will premiere in late spring 2018. To learn more about CyberPatriot, visit www.usycyberpatriot.org.

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