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Cybersecurity Goes to Summer Camp

By ­VA Today

June 29, 2018

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University of Virginia (UVA) researchers are training educators on how to teach cybersecurity to adolescents through a summer camp program.

"We want to improve the teaching methods and empower high school students with cybersecurity," says UVA's Ahmed Ibrahim. "We want to get more students involved in cybersecurity because it is a growing field."

The GenCyber Cyberwars Camp, sponsored by the GenCyber Program underwritten by the U.S. National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, had high school teachers spend seven days in training, with follow-up support to be provided by program organizers during the coming school year.

Presenters highlighted the idea that cyberattacks are inevitable and unavoidable, citing many breaches into business and government websites that exposed sensitive records.

"We hope to give teachers some ideas and tools to get their students excited about learning about cryptography, privacy, and cybersecurity, and how these things can impact them," notes UVA's David Evans.

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