Florida Center for Cybersecurity

Florida Center for Cybersecurity, Whitehatters, USF partner to offer new cybersecurity summer pre-college program

Cyber Defense Boot Camp will be offered to rising high school juniors and seniors, July 25-29.

TAMPA, Fla. (March 8, 2016) -- The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) is helping build interest in cybersecurity by launching a weeklong summer program for high school students.

Cyber Defense Boot Camp, through the University of South Florida's Pre-College Program, will be offered for the first time July 25-29 and allow rising high school juniors and seniors to learn hands-on techniques and computer security fundamentals.

Created through FC2, the commuter program will be led by students in the USF Whitehatters Computer Security Club, and offered at USF's Tampa campus.

"Central to our mission at FC2 is to serve as a facilitator for cybersecurity education throughout Florida," says Sri Sridharan, managing director and chief operating officer for the Center. "Our ultimate goal is to see this program duplicated across the state, building interest in the field of cybersecurity and increasing the pipeline for talent in Florida."

Sridharan says students who complete the program will gain real-world skills and also learn about careers in cybersecurity. On the last day of the program, students will have an opportunity to test their skills against a controlled cyber attack simulation.
For more information or to apply, please visit USF Pre-College.

About the Florida Center for Cybersecurity
Created during the 2014 legislative session, the Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC²) is a shared resource for cybersecurity research, education and outreach across the state and beyond. The Center fosters collaboration between higher education, government, defense and business communities to share knowledge, resources and training opportunities that help mitigate cybersecurity threats and create opportunities for innovative solutions. Located at the University of South Florida, FC² is leading efforts to position Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity.

About USF Pre-College
The University of South Florida Pre-College offers high school students with exceptional ability an opportunity to pursue academic interests, discover career opportunities, and explore the independence of university life. Teens can choose from eight different academic programs during summer 2016, with residential and commuter options, ranging from four days to four weeks, and covering a variety of disciplines in STEM fields and the arts. Learn more: precollege.usf.edu/summer-programs

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The Florida Center for Cybersecurity is helping build interest in cybersecurity by launching a weeklong summer program for high school students.