CACR Security Matters Cybercamp

The Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR) at Indiana University hosted a free "Security Matters Cybercamp" for high school students on June 24, 2016. About two dozen students from south central Indiana high schools attended the one-day camp covering cybersecurity and privacy topics such as web security, phishing, cyber ethics, and mobile phone privacy and security (see program below). Students also received a guided tour of the IU Data Center.   

The summer camp is a new initiative launched by CACR to

  • Educate youth about important online security and privacy matters,
  • Equip them with tools and knowledge to protect against cybercrime and other cyber threats,
  • Provide them with a glimpse into  a professional cybersecurity career, and
  • Address the urgent need to teach a new generation of cybersecurity experts.

    Students at the 2016 summer camp
    Students in front of the Big Red 2 supercomputer in the IU Bloomington Datacenter



The Bloomington Herald Times covered the camp on their front page in their June 27, 2016 edition.  Some of the pictures above appeared as part of the article.

Camp Program

  • Check-in and breakfast (provided)
  • Morning:
    • Introduction
    • Phishing - How emails wreak havoc 
    • Web (In) Security – Tricks hackers use  (hands on)
    • Cyber ethics – What is and isn’t cool
  • Lunch (provided)
  • Q&A
  • Afternoon:
    • Mobile Phone Security
    • Network Security – Securing computer networks
    • Cyber defense
  • IU Data Center Tour
  • Dismissal

Useful Links for Students

  • NATAS wargames - The web hacking games site used in the hands on
  • Norse IPViking - Real-time attacks animation site used at the beginning of the camp
  • Cybrary - A free, online cybersecurity library
  • Metasploit Unleashed - A free ethical hacking course
  • Kali Linux - The Linux distribution used for hands on exercises throughout the camp


CACR would like to thank the following for their support: Indiana University Surplus Stores and The Computer Clinic for providing camper laptops, UITS Campus Network Operations for setting up networking, for providing the NATAS web application wargame, UITS Storage and Virtualization for providing the virtual machine for the hands on portion of the camp, Indiana University Information Security Office for camp security, the Indiana University Data Center for the facility tour, and the and the volunteers who gave their time to help the students during the camp.


 For questions or comments about the camp, please email