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Intensive Cybersecurity Training for High School Teachers
By Admin (on 4/4/2014 @ 13:21:57, in Workshops, read 1428 times)

Here is a description and the link to the website: http://www.cs.uno.edu/~golden/intensive-ia-training.html

An NSA/NSF funded, two-week, intensive training program in cybersecurity for high school teachers will be held at the University of New Orleans from July 7 - July 18, 2014.  This training is funded by the GenCyber program and participation is by invitation only, but is free for invited participants, with lodging and travel (as required) and meals paid for by the grant.  The training will be provided by Prof. Golden G. Richard III, Director of the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance (GNOCIA) and Professor of Computer Science at the University of New Orleans.  The goals of this program are to increase cybersecurity awareness and expertise among high school teachers, to facilitate integration of cybersecurity topics into high school curricula, to increase awareness among students of the importance of cybersecurity and associated career opportunities, and to increase enrollment in cybersecurity at the University of New Orleans and other universities nationwide.  The latter goal is primary and supports a clear need for increasing the number of high school students interested in cybersecurity, to meet huge demands in both the public and private sectors for well-trained cybersecurity professionals.

Teachers attending the training can expect to significantly deepen their knowledge of cybersecurity, to prepare them to transition their experiences and the materials they receive into their classrooms.  Participants will receive a complete set of the instructional materials from the training, including Powerpoint slide sets, lab exercises, activities, etc. and are encouraged to use these materials to introduce aspects of cybersecurity into new courses or existing courses in science or technology.

A draft list of the topics that will be covered during the training is available.  These include:

o A Broad Introduction to Information Assurance and Cybersecurity

o Social Engineering

o Digital Forensics

o Malware (Computer Viruses, Worms, etc.)

o Network Security (Defending Networks, Penetration Testing)

o Cryptography

o Career Opportunities in Cybersecurity and Important Prerequisite Training

Requirements for Participation:

To be considered for the program, applicants must:

o Commit to full participation in the program, which runs from July 7 - July 17, 2014 in New Orleans, LA.  Remote or partial participation is not possible in this pilot run of the program.

o Seriously commit to integrating cybersecurity topics into new or existing courses in science, technology, or computing.

o Commit to prepare and submit a detailed report, within one year of the end of the training session, describing the steps taken to integrate cybersecurity topics into their high school's curricula, outcomes, perceived student interest, etc.  This feedback is essential and will be used to tune future editions of the training program.  A small financial incentive will be provided upon  submission of this report.

o Submit a signed letter from their principal, on school letterhead, which illustrates strong support for the teacher's participation in this program and for the goals of the program.  This letter should be scanned and emailed to Professor Richard via golden@cs.uno.edu.

o Prepare a formal application.  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FORM.

Reasonable travel expenses, lodging, and meals will be reimbursed for invited participants.  Full details will be provided if you are invited to participate.  Please feel free to email me at golden@cs.uno.edu if you have any questions.