Featured Camp of the Week: NW Cyber Camp

From our friends at NW Cyber Camp:

NW Cyber Camp is Oregon’s premiere cybersecurity summer camp program! At NW Cyber Camp, students will have the chance to work hands-on with the same tools and tackle simulations of real problems that actual cybersecurity professionals deal with daily as they learn to work individually and in a team setting. Supplementing this hands-on work is a wealth of information about cybersecurity careers and discussions on ethics and how they relate to the applied use of cybersecurity knowledge.

Each classroom is also regularly visited by a host of professionals currently working in cybersecurity in roles ranging from entry-level to executive leadership in industries running the gamut from government and law enforcement to some of the state and country’s leading corporations and entities. Each guest speaker will take students through a day in their lives and lead the class in hands-on exercises. NW Cyber Camp’s guest speakers all provide students with advice, guidance, and mentorship on how to someday step into the roles that they currently occupy.

In addition to traditional co-ed classrooms, NW Cyber Camp also provides girls-focused programming. In their girls-focused classrooms, students who may not always feel comfortable in a conventional STEM classroom are taught by women and visited by a majority of female guest speakers who currently work as successful members and leaders of the cybersecurity workforce. These guests act as living proof that even those not portrayed as the typical cybersecurity specialists in culture and media can also thrive within the industry. NW Cyber Camp’s girls-focused classrooms are open to anyone who would feel more comfortable in a girl-focused, women-led classroom, regardless of gender or gender expression.

All students who participate in NW Cyber Camp’s summer program are also invited to attend the Technology Association of Oregon’s Fall Cybersecurity Summit, where they can attend keynote sessions with current cybersecurity professionals and special sessions and panels dedicated to cybersecurity careers and educational pathways. Participating students will also have the chance to compete in a winter “Capture the Flag” competition, which will allow students to once again work with the tools and concepts they learned in camp while competing in a friendly, learning-driven environment for a whole host of different prizes!

Best of all, thanks to funding from the Oregon Cybersecurity Center of Excellence and National Security Agency, participation in NW Cyber Camp is entirely free for all students! Camp sessions are available throughout July in Portland, Clackamas, Gresham, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene, Bend, and Klamath Falls.

For more information about NW Cyber Camp and to find out when each camp is running, visit nwcybercamp.org and click on the “Registration” tab.

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