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UA Little Rock to host first ever NSA GenCyber Cybersecurity Camp in Arkansas

Philip Huff, left, and Sandra Leiterman, right, head the UA Little Rock CyberGym. Photo by Ben Krain.
Philip Huff, left, an assistant professor of cybersecurity, and Sandra Leiterman, right, manager head the UA Little Rock Cyber Arena. Photo by Ben Krain.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will hold a prestigious, nationwide summer camp for junior high and high school students who want to learn the latest skills in the high-demand field of cybersecurity. The camp is offered at no-cost to students.

The Arkansas GenCyber Strength Training Program is open to any rising students in grades 7-12. The two-week summer camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon July 12-16 and July 19-23.

The program is sponsored by a $100,000 grant from the National Security Agency and provides some of the best cybersecurity training for secondary school students from the top educators across the nation. Students will have the opportunity to work with hands-on cyber attacks and defense workouts in the Cyber Arena and hear from world-renowned experts in the cybersecurity profession. Students may attend the program virtually or in person at the Cyber Arena in the Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

“Students will learn how to think like a hacker and stop cyber criminals in their tracks,” said Sandra Leiterman, managing director of the UA Little Rock Cyber Arena. “Each day will feature a world-renowned expert speaker in cybersecurity and the top hands-on cybersecurity training in the region.”

This two-week camp focuses on the GenCyber Cybersecurity Concepts. Participants will hear from industry experts about career opportunities, and will learn about cybersecurity with state-of-the art hands-on activities that allows the students to experience cyberattacks from both the victim and adversary side. 

Participants should fill out this online form to apply for the Arkansas GenCyber Strength Training Program.