Summer cyber security camps hope to inspire next generation professionals
The program hosted 44 camps since 2015.
Some tech experts say cyber attacks are on the rise but there not enough professionals in the field. To inspire the next generation, GenCyber Hawaii, a program supported by the University of Hawaii, is hosting one week summer cyber security camps across the state over the next couple of months for middle and high school students.
The camps include activities related to solving codes, online security, networking and programming.
"It’s about providing opportunities for them to learn early that they can be ahead of the game instead of waiting till college to try and figure out of what they want to do," Jodi Ito, Chief Information Security Officer, UH System, said.
"Whatever you put out there on the internet, it never goes away. It stays there forever so that’s what our camps want to do is to introduce them to safe practices," Preshess Willets-Vaquilar, Programs and Training Manager, Honolulu CC PCATT, said.
The program hosted 44 camps since 2015. There are still camps this year with available seats:
June 24-28, 2019 Security Xploration Camp at the Moloka'i Education Center (Moloka'i)
July 1-5, 2019 STEMworks GenCyber Camp at Kaua'i High School (Kaua'i)
July 15-19, 2019 STEMworks GenCyber Camp at Kea'au High School (Hawai'i Island)
July 15-19, 2019 All Skill Levels Camp at Leilehua High School (O'ahu)
July 22-26, 2019 All Skill Levels Camp at Waipahu High School (O'ahu)
To learn more and register for a camp, visit https://gencyber-hi.org