Cyber Defense Training Camp

Interested in the Cyber Defense summer program? Share your interest with us: Summer Academy Applications will open in February 2022.

Cyber Defense Training Camp

During this summer program, rising 11th and 12th grade boys and girls learn and apply their skills in intermediate networking, programming, hacking, and more while learning about the careers in cybersecurity and cybersecurity options at the University of Maryland. Learn more here.

Cyber Defense

Program Overview


Cyber Defense Training Camp is a 7-day residential summer program for rising junior and senior high school students. This year we plan to offer this camp virtually over a two-week period. 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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***For 2021, Cyber Defense will be a virtual experience. ***


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:  June 21st - July 2nd
  • Time:    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Lunch at 1:00 PM with a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous instructional activities.)

Program Details

Typical Camp Day

10:00 AM Introduction to Cybersecurity

11:00 AM Linux Basics

12:00 PM Basic CLI Navigation

1:00 PM Lunch

2:00 PM Teambuilder or Guest Speaker/Panel

2:30 PM Linux & Basic CLI Navigation Exercises & Kahoot

4:30 PM Daily Wrap-up

6:00 PM Evening Social Activity: Drawing Twins


*Field trips and guest speakers are scheduled during Classroom Instruction time blocks. 

The Curriculum

  • Operating Systems
  • System Administration
  • Networking
  • Programming

Additional Activities

  • Campus Tour
  • Field 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 virtual program is $500. This fee covers program materials and activity costs. 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. Participants must currently be in 10th or 11th grade (no exceptions).

Required Documentation:
- Unofficial Transcript
- Reference Name and Email


All applicants must upload in this form or send their most recent UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS to Applications without corresponding transcripts will not be evaluated for the program. Transcripts must be sent within two weeks of the submitted application.

All participants must supply a name and email for one reference. This person should preferably be a teacher or instructor of a computing/cyber training/camp the student has attended or a math/science teacher. References will be contacted via email to complete a reference form. If you need to update or provide additional information about your reference, please email

Please title all emails as follows:
Applicants First and Last Name - Cyber Defense Application 2021.

Example: John Smith - Cyber Defense Application 2021

How to Apply:

Applications for the 2021 Summer Camp will open on February 1st.

Decisions about Cyber Defense will be made in March. Once accepted, you must pay a $250 deposit to confirm your spot.

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Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact:

Iribe Initiative for Inclusion and Diversity in Computing
8125 Paint Branch Dr
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-7615