NSA Summer Camp Trains Horde of Script Kiddies
GenCyber is the NSA Summer Camp program taking place across America co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The partnership is working with 29 university campuses in 18 states to expose middle and high school students to the problems of cyber security. The camps are free to participate and the NSA hopes to expand the program to 200 locations by 2020.
The NSA’s vision for the program is to solve the Nation’s serious shortfall in the number of skilled cyber security professionals. Their claim is that inspiring enough individuals to apply their talents in this field is critical to the nation’s economic security. The program started shortly after rogue system administrator Edward Snowden abandoned his post.
“It is important to seize the imagination of young people who have an interest in this field, showing them the challenges and opportunities that await them,”said Steve LaFountain, dean of NSA’s College of Cyber.
GenCyber camps help interested young people – from every corner of the United States and from diverse backgrounds – gain some incredible experience in this ever-changing field.
Steve LaFountain is the dean of the NSA’s College of Cyber. He began the initiative in October, following the release of internal NSA documents on Wikileaks and began work with the NSA In 1982. As dean, he oversees the programs 1,400 American middle schoolers and teachers. When questioned on whether Snowden’s actions affected his ability to recruit he stated students that he spoke to are not “bothered by, let’s say, the politics of things like that.”
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The dean also stated that there are other processes in place to ensure that the program does not recruit the next Snowden to their ranks. Ironically, the program advertises that it is looking for students who question the status quo.
Images from Ryan Tyler Smith and NSA.