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National Security Agency Funds ­c Berkeley Cybersecurity Summer Camp For High School Students

Students in the cybersecurity camp at the University of California, Berkeley.

The University of California, Berkeley is hosting a camp to teach high school students about cybersecurity.

Credit: Ariel Hayat

The University of California, Berkeley is hosting a camp called CY-BEAR to teach 22 high school students about cybersecurity as part of a larger system of 43 camps funded by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and the U.S. National Science Foundation.  

The aim is to fill the "very large" shortage of about 1 million cybersecurity workers needed in both government and industry, according to NSA's Steven LaFountain.  

The program, called GenCyber, began with six camps in 2014 and has since expanded to 18 states and 29 universities. LaFountain notes universities submit their own camp proposals and curricula, and GenCyber imposes only a few general guidelines, such as making the camps free for participants.  

The Berkeley camp seeks to engage local high school students who lack access to computer science education, says Aimee Tabor with Berkeley's Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology.  She notes the camp's students comprise 55 percent female and 64 percent underrepresented minorities. NSA staff will visit the camp in mid-July to evaluate the program and determine whether to continue its funding.

From Daily Californian
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