High School Students Invited to Attend Cyber Security Camp in Portland, Oregon

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The Portland CyberPatriot summer camp, organized by the Portland State University Department of Computer Science and the Lincoln High School (Portland Public Schools) Coding Club, will be held from Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22, 2016. Students will receive valuable experience in one of today’s hottest career fields which will help them qualify for internships with local cyber security companies.

The Portland State University Department of Computer Science and the Lincoln High School (Portland Public Schools) Coding Club today announced the Portland CyberPatriot summer camp. The week-long camp, organized and managed by a team of high school students, educators and industry professionals, will be held from Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22, 2016.

“Cyber security is one of today’s hottest technical fields, with some experts forecasting a shortage of up to 1 million of trained professionals in the coming years,” said Charlie Kawasaki, CEO of Software Diligence Services and organizer of the Portland CyberPatriot Camp. “Careers in cyber security can be incredibly rewarding, high paying, and are in demand worldwide in just about every industry. We wanted to organize this camp to give local high school students an opportunity to learn about this exciting field and participate in hands-on classes with some of the cyber security industry experts who are working here in Portland.”

According to Kawasaki, the goal of the camp is to provide motivated high school students with a hands-on, introductory experience to cyber security principles, including hands-on implementation of cyber security policies and practices in Windows and Ubuntu operating systems. These are core skills applicable in any cyber security career, as well as providing students with an “on-ramp” to further high-school educational cyber security activities such as the “capture the flag” competitions.

The camp is designed for students interested in learning about cyber security, but who do not have experience or prior training in this field. The core curriculum and program design for this camp is based on the Air Force Association CyberPatriot Camp Program and will be supplemented with industry expert presentations including a special expert guest speaker from Lockheed Martin. Instruction will be provided by industry cyber security experts as well as instructors from educational organizations. The program’s guest speakers have deep experience in cyber security fields and insight into careers in cyber security including IT security, network security, and secure software engineering. In addition, students will receive an introduction to cyber security and ethics, an introduction to VMWare Player, hands-on security configuration of Windows and Ubuntu operating systems, a mock cyber competition, and the opportunity to participate in a networking reception with security business professionals at the conclusion of the camp.

Students who participate in this camp will receive valuable experience that can help them qualify for internships in cyber security. According to Kawasaki, three students on the organizing team of this camp have already secured internships at cyber and network security companies based in Portland.

The Portland CyberPatriot camp is also collaborating with EnergySec to find qualified and motivated students for internships in cyber security in the energy sector. Visit http://bit.ly/energysec-interns for more details.

Camp Details

  •     Date: Monday July 18th through Friday July 22nd, 2016
  •     Times: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (full day camp)
  •     Location: Lincoln High School, 1600 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205,
  •     Cost: $150. Scholarships available based on financial need.
  •     Food: Lunches provided.
  •     The camp facility supports a maximum of 30 students to ensure that each student will have a dedicated computer system.

How to Apply
Interested students may apply here http://www.softwarediligence.com/cyberpatriot-camp/. The deadline for applications is Friday, May 13, 2016. Prerequisites for the camp include demonstrated interest in computers, such as participation in programming classes or extra-curricular hands-on computer activities/camps.

Students will be selected based on demonstrated interest in computers and strength of application materials submitted. The selection criteria will also consider gender, ethnic and socio-economic factors to promote diversity and inclusion of under-represented groups in the STEM and cyber security fields.

Sponsors of the Portland CyberPatriot Camp include: CTL Corporation, EnergySec, Galois, ID Experts, Lockheed Martin, McKenzie Worldwide, PacStar, Rock Creek Corner, Software Diligence Services, and the Technology Association of Oregon.

For more information please visit http://www.softwarediligence.com/cyberpatriot-camp/

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