Tuesday, July 21, 2015

UNO Holds Second GenCyber Cybersecurity Program for Teachers

UNO computer science professor Golden Richard leads a GenCyber training session for 20 middle school and high school teachers from across the country.UNO computer science professor Golden Richard leads a GenCyber training session for 20 middle school and high school teachers
from across the country.

The University of New Orleans is holding its second GenCyber program in which UNO computer science faculty members provide two weeks of intensive cybersecurity training to middle school and high school teachers from around the country. The program, which takes place on UNO's lakefront campus from July 20-31, is funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.

The 20 teachers in UNO's camp are from 12 states; seven teachers are from metropolitan New Orleans.

"Teachers attending the training can expect to significantly deepen their knowledge of cybersecurity to prepare them to effectively transition their experiences, and the materials they receive, into their classrooms," said Golden Richard, professor of computer science and the director of the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance at UNO.

GenCyber allows teachers to learn about cybersecurity technology, design their own curricula and gain expertise needed to train future generations of cybersecurity experts. The program is free to all participants, including lodging, travel and meals.

Participating teachers are provided with a laptop that's configured and loaded with all of the security tools that are necessary for the training. Once the camp is over, the teachers will take the laptops back to their schools where they can duplicate portions of the training, perform demonstrations and otherwise integrate their new knowledge into their own classes.

UNO was one of only six institutions to host a GenCyber summer camp last year. This year, 43 camps—for both students and teachers—are taking place on 29 college campuses in 18 states. Program organizers expect there to be 200 camps in all 50 states by 2020.