Colorado Springs To Host NSA Cybersecurity “Bootcamps”


May 16, 2016 – SecureSet, the nation’s first cybersecurity academy and accelerator, worked with STEMsCO to win a $100,000 grant from Generation Cyber (GenCyber), a program spearheaded by the National Security Agency and National Science Foundation to address the growing shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals in the United States. SecureSet will bring cybersecurity ‘bootcamps’ to Colorado Springs this summer aimed at both high-school students, and middle-school and high-school teachers, particularly in the Peyton, Widefield and Falcon districts.

The summer camps, which are free of charge to attendees and will take place the weeks of July 11 for teachers and July 18 for students, will provide a new level of cybersecurity education, including hands-on training related to network security, systems security, detection and logs, and applied cryptography. Up to 25 students will be admitted into the camp based on an application process that reviews campers’ interest and commitment to STEM and cybersecurity.

“Our camps will help provide cybersecurity education to students and teachers from all backgrounds so they can learn these important skills and have an opportunity to turn it into a career,” said Bret Fund, co-founder of SecureSet and director of the company’s academy. “Cybersecurity professionals are in high-demand in business and government and our goal is help educate a generation of people who can fill these critical jobs.”

“The chance for our Peyton School District students to attend an NSA GenCyber Camp this summer, free of charge, is an amazing opportunity,” said Tim Kistler, superintendent of Peyton School District. “Expanding that to our educators, so even more of students can benefit from this event, is outstanding. The advantage of rural students having access to reliable, free transportation to and from the camp is critical to getting the participation we desire. We deeply appreciate STEMsCO and SecureSet writing this grant with the Peyton School District in mind. We are aggressively pursuing such offerings, and are quite pleased that this is falling into our lap.”

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