Tuesday, May 23, 2017

University of New Orleans to Hold Fourth GenCyber Cybersecurity Summer Program for Teachers

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The University of New Orleans will hold its fourth GenCyber program in which computer science faculty members provide two weeks of intensive cybersecurity training to high school teachers from around the country. The program, which will take place July 10-21 on the University of New Orleans campus, is funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.

The 20 teachers who are selected will receive extensive instruction from cybersecurity experts as well as a $500 stipend and a Chromebook that is loaded with all of the security tools that are necessary for the training. The program is free to participants, including meals and travel and lodging—if applicable.

“As our daily lives become ever more reliant on cyber systems, the importance of strong cybersecurity will continue to grow and expand,” said Vassil Roussev, professor of computer science. “There is an insatiable demand for trained professionals to meet the needs of both industry and government agencies. GenCyber is a unique opportunity to help prepare our high school teachers for the challenges of promoting essential cybersecurity awareness and skills among all students.”

Participants will expand their knowledge of cybersecurity, learn how to integrate cybersecurity topics into their curricula and build lesson plans for their classrooms. The priority application deadline is June 6. To apply, visit http://gencyber.cs.uno.edu.

The University of New Orleans was one of the first universities in the nation to hold a GenCyber training camp beginning in 2014. The Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance at the University of New Orleans is designated as a Center of Excellence in Cybersecurity Operations by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

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University of New Orleans Department of Computer Science
Vassil Roussev, professor