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Midwest Cyber Center hosts camps in partnership with McKendree, Ranken

Midwest Cyber Center was selected to participate in the fourth season of the Air Force Association’s CyberCamp Program this summer.

midwestcybercenterloogMore than 120 students participated in the AFA CyberCamp at McKendree University. More than 50 students participated in the AFA CyberCamp at Ranken.

The AFA CyberCamp at McKendree University was held June 25 to June 29 and the one involving Ranken from June 18 to 22.

The sessions were led by volunteer cyber advisors from Eagle Technology, Aegis Strategies, Build-a-Bear, Emerson, 375th Comm Sq, 835th COS and 837th COS and supported by MC². The event was sponsored by Scott Credit Union who provided shirts for each participant.

As an AFA CyberCamp host, MC² received software and a hands-on curriculum kit designed to teach students cyber safety, cyber ethics, and critical network security skills and tools. Each AFA CyberCamp culminates in a team-based competition that puts the campers in the role of IT administrators tasked with finding and addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated network environments. The local AFA CyberCamp competitions closely mimic AFA’s annual CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which will enter its 11th season in October.

 The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created by the Air Force Association in 2009 to attract students to cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to the nation’s future.

“CyberPatriot is an amazing program which offers a robust curriculum and challenges for students to learn the basics of cybersecurity,” said Tony Bryan, executive director of MC². “We are proud to lead the regional efforts for CyberPatriot and will continue to promote and advocate for the program’s success.”

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