Cyber Defense Training Camp



Cyber Defense Training Camp is an intermediate level* 7 day residential summer program for high school men and women (rising juniors and seniors). Participants will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of cybersecurity and gain practical skills through instruction by an experienced security professional. Students learn about career options in the field, take at least one field trip and hear from a variety of speakers to learn more about how to prepare to enter this exciting profession.  Additionally, students will be introduced to the Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES) honors program offered at the University of Maryland.

*Technical experience is recommended, including networking, Cisco Academy, and/or Java programming.


The goal is to prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals through interactive learning, skill building, and utilization of available resources.  Participants will be introduced to the cybersecurity programs available at the University of Maryland and they will be exposed to various careers in the field of cybersecurity.

Typical Camp Day

8:00-8:45am     Breakfast
9:00-12:00pm  Classroom Instruction*
12:15-1:15pm  Lunch
1:30-5:15pm    Classroom Instruction
5:30-6:30pm    Dinner
6:45-8:45pm    Cyber Defense Exercises
9:00-10:00pm  Evening Team Building Activity

*Field trips and guest speakers are scheduled during Classroom Instruction time blocks. 

The Curriculum

  • Operating Systems
  • System Administration
  • Networking
  • Programming

Additional Activities

  • Campus Tour
  • Fiel trip to the NSA Cryptologic Museum
  • Cyber Defense Exercises
  • Team Building Exercises
  • Guest Speakers

Please note that the schedule is subject to change as new opportunities arise.

Program Dates

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