First day of 'Intro to Cybersecurity Camp' held at NMU

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - High school students are gaining hands-on experience in the world of cybersecurity this week at the ‘Intro to Cybersecurity Camp’ at Northern Michigan University.

Monday was the first day for the new camp. The program lasts is one week long and involves two courses. The first one is an introduction into the world of cybersecurity.

“Gives them a little bit of an idea of how cybersecurity impacts today’s world, what they can expect as far as a career going into cybersecurity, along with some things to know like hashing and other security types and things they will see in the real world,” said Ben Chaney, the Cybersecurity Camp Facilitator.

The second course this week becomes more complex. It's called ‘Linux Unhatched’ and the students learn about the operating system and how to utilize it in the real world.

This is a self-paced camp, meaning the students will be moving at their own pace through the two separate courses.

Stephanie Zadroga-Langlois is the Director for Continuing Education & Workforce Development at NMU and she is excited to watch everyone learn at their own pace.

"They are also going to learn a lot of very valuable tools, a lot of it is going to be about safety within cybersecurity, ethical hacking, what to watch out for because there are a lot of dangers within the cyber world and we want to make sure that if you are interested in getting involved, you do know what to look out for and what to be careful of,” said Zadroga-Langlois.

This camp is open for all skill levels.

Ashley Oleksy is a 16-year-old student at Negaunee High School and actually became interested in cybersecurity through one of her classes.

“I took a class my freshmen year called BEST and it was computers and I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would, so then my teacher, Mrs. Holmgren, she taught us about cybersecurity and stuff and I was really interested in it,” said Oleksy.

Although this camp is new, there will be more courses in the future similar to this one, thanks to the recent opening of the Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Institute at NMU.

"Moving forward we are going to offer things like this quite a bit and not just for high school aged students, but also for adults looking for career path changes,” said Zadroga-Langlois.

A list of courses will be available once the remodeling of the Northern Center is complete.

You can find more information on this camp here.

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