This summer, CACR and Wonderlab hosted the "Codemakers and Codebreakers" cybersecurity virtual workshop June 21-25.
This weeklong virtual workshop provided middle and high school students with the unique opportunity to learn about cybersecurity from experts. Students were given their own environments in which they were able to use the tools and techniques that professionals use to protect and attack computer systems.
Among the topics covered were cryptography, cybersecurity careers, cybercrime, data forensics, lockpicking, network security, programming, social engineering, vulnerability testing, website penetration testing.
These subjects were taught through a hands-on approach with interactive exercises, games, and discussion. This program is made possible through a partnership with the Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research.
Couldn't make it to this year's camp, but want to stay in touch? You can also sign up below for more information on the Security Matters Cybercamp.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the most frequently asked questions about the 2021 CACR/Wonderlab Cybercamp.
Cost per registrant: member $160; non-member $175; $155 access pass
Space is limited so register early.
The camp will be held every day from Monday, June 21 through Friday June 25, 2021.
Each day the camp will start at 9:30am and end at 2:30pm Eastern Daylight Time
Students entering 7th grade through 12th grade.
There will be no in person component to the camp. Some exercises that require in person attendance such as computer data forensics, lock picking, the data center tour, and social engineering have been adjusted accordingly to work within an online setting.
No. However you will need to be a resident of the United States.
We do not expect students to have any experience in cybersecurity or information technology to participate in the camp, however we do expect that students are familiar with the basics of how to use a computer and also understand how to mute their microphones, turn on/off their video within Zoom.
The camp will be held using the Zoom video conferencing software. Zoom allows multiple people to join the same video conferencing room and for managers of the room (called hosts) to control who has access.
We recognize that there has been concern about the use of Zoom and the camp staff are taking measures to protect the Zoom room from intruders and so called zoombombers through the following steps:
Password protecting the zoom room.
Using the waiting room feature to vet attendees before joining.
Not allowing people to join the room until the host has joined.
Requiring at least 2 camp staff to be present at all times
Limiting the size of the room.
Not allowing screen sharing unless approved by the host.
Having a backup room id ready with the same protections in case the main one is compromised.
In addition, the camp staff have a lot of experience with using Zoom for 2 years prior to the COVID-19 crisis as it is the video conferencing software that we use for our regular meetings.
No. Your child only needs to download the latest Zoom client and connect to the meeting ID that will be sent to you in an email that will be sent to registrants.
Although the camp can be attended just through the use of the Zoom client, which can function across many platforms, we strongly recommend that you use a recent desktop or laptop computer built within the last 5 years running the latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
Camp participants will be given access to accounts on a website called Jetstream, which will allow them to run a remote desktop within their browser for use on camp activities. We do not recommend using a tablet for the remote desktop as you may have trouble typing information.
An ideal setup so that the student can experience the Zoom room and participate in interactive exercises through the remote desktop at the same time would be through running Zoom side by side with a web browser. This could be accomplished with Zoom running on a mobile tablet next to the computer or through multiple monitors on a single computer, or by having a browser window side by side to the Zoom window.
Among the topics covered are cryptography, cybersecurity careers, cybercrime, data forensics, lockpicking, network security, programming, social engineering, vulnerability testing, website penetration testing.
The camp is focused on teaching children how computers do get hacked maliciously by presenting information about how computer and website hacking works. We believe that understanding how cyberattacks work is fundamental to understanding how to protect yourself and networks online.
At the start of the course and also throughout the camp we remind students of the ethical issues involved with hacking and explain that the activities in the camp are only authorized to be performed during the camp. The camp activities take place within a controlled environment where the students have permission to perform the exercises. We explain how cybersecurity professionals go about receiving permission first prior to doing any of these activities in real world environments.
The camp is taught by experienced cybersecurity and information technology professionals from Indiana University and the University of Illinois. In addition, staff from Wonderlab will be present at all times throughout the camp. The Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research is responsible for the camp content and has been holding annual cybersecurity camps for high school students since 2016.
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