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Fighting Cybercrime

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 24, 2017) – Local high school students from Albany, Troy and Bethlehem recently participated in UAlbany’s first annual cybersecurity summer camp hosted by Sanjay Goel, director of the School of Business’ Information Security and Digital Forensics department.

The weeklong camp, called “CyberExplorers” introduced students to the basics of cybersecurity by exploring topics such as emerging cyber threats, computer forensics, incident response, cryptography, social engineering and log analysis. Students also had the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities and learn about degree and career paths in cybersecurity.

Goel offered the camp free of cost through a grant awarded by The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He was one of NIST’s five national partners who split $1 million for committing to take a community approach to advancing cybersecurity education and workforce development.

Multiple faculty members in UAlbany’s School of Business and College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity joined Goel as camp mentors.

“The demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals is only continuing to rise,” Goel said. “It is important that we teach the next generation about hacking, so they do not become victims themselves, but also so they are prepared to fight cybercrimes of the future.”

You can learn more about the NIST grant here. Also, view coverage of the summer camp on Spectrum News.

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