Summary of GenCyber Youth Camp:
The Department of Computer Science hosted first Southern University GenCyber Youth Camp supported by National Security Agency from May 24th to June 7th. The camp consisted of two (traditional and virtual respectively) weeklong non-residential camps for middle and high school students. The camps were designed to instill in participants awareness of safe online practices, ethical behavior, and cybersecurity concepts through lectures and hands-on activities. Topics and activities included concept-specific warmup exercises, lectures on the cyber landscape, cybersecurity vocabulary, cryptography, programming, computer hardware, robotics, human-computer interaction, ciphering and deciphering, career opportunities, team presentations, and other cybersecurity related activities. All the six concepts, defense in depth, confidentiality, integrity, availability, think like an adversary, and keep it simple, have been delivered to the students at an introductory level. Gencyber Youth Camp fulfilled two goals: (1) increase interest in cybersecurity among the youth and (2) enhance cybersecurity awareness among the youth. The surveys show 92% of our in-person students and 98% of our virtual students would like to engage and learn with cybersecurity concepts at advanced level and are likely interested to continue their cybersecurity education.