Cyber Warriors: A Comprehensive Introduction to
Cybersecurity Tools and Techniques

Date: July 26-30, 2021 (9:00AM- 4:00PM), online via Zoom.

Targeted Participants: Advanced middle & high school students from San Antonio and surrounding school districts. Some Linux/UNIX and coding experience is preferred.

Program Highlights: This camp will introduce students to the world of white-hat hacking and penetration testing. Starting with a comprehensive introduction of foundational cybersecurity principles, this camp will introduce participants to the various toolkits and approaches used to compromise and secure vulnerable computer and network systems, applications, and protocols. Students will be mentored towards pursuing advanced technical or research-focused careers in the exciting field of cybersecurity. They will also be exposed to the ground-breaking cybersecurity research currently taking place in the Computer Science department at UTSA. This course will be taught by Prof. Murtuza Jadliwala in a highly interactive setting within a small group of students.

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Participants Will:

  • Learn basic principles of cryptography, user authentication and access control, data privacy and anonymity, and software and protocol vulnerabilities.
  • Get familiar with Kali Linux and the various tools and toolkits it provides for vulnerability exploitation and penetration testing.
  • Participate in interactive hacking sessions and exercises in a controlled setting to get hands-on experience in using and deploying some of the popular Kali toolkits and applications.
  • Attend career mentorship sessions and exciting research/technical talks by prominent cybersecurity researchers and professionals.

To Apply:

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Evaluation and Acceptance:

Evaluation and Acceptance: Enrollment is very limited, so apply early. Women, minority and students from low-income families are highly encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted until July 6th 2021 and admittance/acceptance decisions will be emailed soon after that. Admittance to the camp will be competitive and will be based on the student's statement of purpose, background and academic preparation, and CV.

Registration Fee:

$100 for each student accepted to the program (paid on-line) as commitment to attend the program. Students/parents facing economic difficulties/hardships are encouraged to apply, and can request waiver of registration fee, with statements/notes from their school counselors