University of Delaware

Outreach Activities

Cybersecurity summer camp

Every summer UD hosts a week long United States Cyber Challenge (USCC) camp. USCC is a national program that works with states to connect cyber talent to the industry. This camp event is organized by USCC in conjunction with UD, Delaware State University, Wilmington University, Delaware Technical Community College and the Delaware Department of Technology and Information (DTI). Camp participants come from nearby universities and local high schools. They are selected based in part on their scores from Cyber Quests, an online competition offered through USCC in April that in 2014 drew more than 1,600 participants from over 700 schools nationwide. The camp prepares participants for careers by exposing them to both the offensive and defensive aspects of cybersecurity. Participants attend inĀ­depth classes on digital forensics, web penetration testing, and packet crafting taught by college faculty, SANS Institute senior instructors, and other cybersecurity experts. In addition they attend a career fair that could potentially help them land jobs. A capture the flag attack and defense competition rounds out the week, with campers testing their new skills by completing tasks to either hack a server or protect it. From 2010 to 2014, 191 students have graduated from the USCC Delaware Cyber Camp.