About the Program

2019 GenCyber Details

This summer, the Institute for Security, Technology and Society (ISTS) will convene two summer programs for high school students on the Dartmouth College campus. The programs explore current interdisciplinary research in cybersecurity and privacy. As our nation’s critical infrastructure, political processes, and businesses come under cyber-attack, there is an ever-increasing need to educate more students to enable expansion of our cybersecurity workforce.

Program Notes

  • The programs are not residential – there is no on campus lodging, but lunch will be provided in Dartmouth's main dining facility.
  • Students may apply to only one program, not both.
  • There is no charge for the program. These community outreach programs are generously funded by Dartmouth College and the GenCyber program, a partnership between the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, to help young people learn about cybersecurity and how cybersecurity knowledge can be of benefit in the future. 

Introductory Program

  • Dates: Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 12
  • Open to: Students entering 9th through 12th grade in the fall of 2019
  • Program Focus: Cyptography, digital forensics, privacy, and security awareness. Lessons will integrate lectures with hands-on and interactive activities, augmented with field trips and guest speakers. 

Advanced Program 

  • Dates: Monday, July, 29 - Friday, August 2
  • Open to: Students entering 10th grade through their freshman year of college in the fall of 2019.
  • Program Focus: Will expand from the base that was laid by the introductory course and will appeal to those with a solid understanding of basic cybersecurity concepts who are looking to expand their knowledge.

Program Description

The programs combine lectures with hands-on and interactive activities, augmented with field trips and guest speakers. Members of the College’s computing services staff will provide a ‘behind the scenes’ look at security. In keeping with the outreach mission of the ISTS, participants are requested to complete an outreach project of their own design to spread the word about cybersecurity.

Topics to be covered during the programs include: 

  • Cybersecurity First Principles
  • Introduction to Computer Security and Case Studies
  • Ethics Discussion (at the beginning and end of the camp)
  • Security in the "Real World"
  • Security best practices and security awareness
  • Security terminology
  • Studies and careers in computer security
  • Primers on security as related to networks (e.g., through intrusion detection), systems, and humans

Program Director

Adam Goldstein, professor of cybersecurity at Champlain College and ten-year veteran of Dartmouth’s Information Technology Consulting Group, will lead this year's programs. Adam, besides being keenly interested in teaching cybersecurity fundamentals, also has years of experience implementing information security programs and projects.