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Cybersecurity camp for local high schoolers at UNF

Students in cybersecurity camp listening to professorThe University of North Florida’s School of Computing teamed up with Florida State College at Jacksonville to host the #GenCyber cybersecurity summer camps for local high schoolers.

The #GenCyber project is the first of its kind locally and aims to expose high school students to trending topics within the cybersecurity industry through games and hands-on labs and learn from top leading speakers at IBM, FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

The project is raising cybersecurity awareness in Northeast Florida by offering two separate five-day camps at each collegiate institution. The camp at UNF took place this week for 35 local high schoolers and the FSCJ camp took place last week.

The program is supported by funding from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The camp’s program director and director of the UNF Center for Cybersecurity, Dr. Swapnoneel Roy, is excited to provide creative learning opportunities to local youth.

“The project aligns youth outreach strategies with key pre-college, STEM-focused community organizations to build interest for high-demand cybersecurity careers throughout the Northeast Florida region,” Roy said.

Each participant receives a certificate of completion at the end of camp and post-camp opportunities including webinars and virtual mentoring sessions.

Learn more about the GenCyber program and available camps or email Dr. Roy at