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GLR Cybersecurity Academy

2023 Cybersecurity Academy
Ferris State University – Big Rapids, Michigan

The CAP Great Lakes Region Cybersecurity Camp provides a place for cadets to grow their knowledge of Windows and Linux operating systems, networking, cybersecurity careers, cybersecurity defense techniques, and leadership—while having some fun in the process! Cadets will become stronger CyberPatriot competitors, with sharper leadership and teamwork skills, and will learn about future education and career options.

All learning aligns with today’s needs in the Department of Defense, the public sector, and industry. Cadets can apply their acquired skills at home, in school, or at a job.

Ferris State University (FSU) hosts several sports and other types of camps during the summer months and is a great all-around environment where you can spend a week. FSU has top-shelf computer lab facilities with client endpoints (PCs), software, and networking needed for hands-on practice

EServices Registration & Payment System opens 1 December for summer activities. Applications submitted in eServices after 15 Jan are considered after all "On-Time" applicants. 

Min. Age: 12
Cost: $450.00

Activity Goal:

The Cybersecurity Academy's goal is to actively introduce cadets to the practice of cybersecurity, allowing them to acquire practical and relevant cybersecurity defensive knowledge and skills, hone leadership and teamwork skills, and learn about cybersecurity career options.  

Held at Ferris State University (FSU), Cybersecurity Academy is a one-week camp program with a curriculum that helps cadets acquire technical and “soft” skills needed to work in an entry-level cybersecurity role and as a member of a cybersecurity team.  Through guest speakers and a data center or plant tour, cadets are exposed to various cybersecurity education and career options.  Three technical courses are offered: systems, networking, and an IoT/OT course. The advanced curriculum can be tailored to each cadet using university-developed and external training materials.  Learning occurs through classroom instruction and hands-on lab work, plus a healthy mix of outdoor activities (e.g., games, a ropes course, orientation flights) designed to foster soft skill growth and maintain a high level of energy (and fun) throughout the week.  The academy began with a week-long school at the 2017 Michigan Wing Encampment based on the no-cost AFA CyberPatriot and NSA Day of Cyber curriculum.  It continued with a 28-cadet regional program at FSU in 2018 using the AFA CyberCamp standard curriculum as its core.  Cadets also toured the State of Michigan Lake Superior Hosting Center, attended an FSU low ropes course, and received o-flights.  FSU will grant one college credit hour to any cadet who completes the standard and advanced curriculum.

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