Cyber Defense Training Camp


Program Overview


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.

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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 topics and careers in the field of cybersecurity.

Program Dates and Times

  • Dates:  Sunday July 9-Saturday July 15, 2017
  • Time:    3:00pm Sunday July 9 – 12:00pm Saturday July 15, 2017

Program Details

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.


The cost of the program is $1190. This fee covers housing in a UMD dormitory, all meals, transportation to field trips and recreational activities. Please do not include the fee at the time of application. The fee is due upon acceptance to the program. This however does not cover transportation to and from the camps. We do not offer transportation to and from camps, and so all arrangements are to be made by campers and their families.

At this time we do not offer refunds for campers.


Program Application

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

Transcripts: Unofficial Transcripts are required when applying.

**Please Note**  -  All applicants must send most recent UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS to Applications without corresponding transcripts/emails will not be evaluated for the program. Transcripts must be sent within one week of the submitted application.

Please title all emails as follows:
Applicants First and Last Name - Cyber Defense Application 2017.

Example: John Smith - Cyber Defense Application 2017

How to Apply:

Applications for the 2017 Summer Camp are now closed.

Do not complete forms until you have been admitted to the program!

Camp Participation Forms - CLICK HERE

  • All forms must be completed by May 13, 2017
  • Any required signatures must be completed by hand. Please note the highlighted fields are required signatures.
  • Any other required information can be completed in the PDF or by hand.

All forms must be emailed to or to the address listed below.


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Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Robert Burgard

3400 A.V. Williams Building

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742

If you have any questions, please contact::

Robert Burgard
Graduate Assistant for Education
Maryland Cybersecurity Center
3400 A. V. Williams Building
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-6735

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