Cybersecurity Camp registration will begin in late January/early February 2020.
July 12 - July 18, 2020
How do hackers gain access to your email, social media, and bank accounts? How anonymous are online activities? At Texas Computer Science Hacking and Security summer camp, you’ll learn about real-world security and privacy. Learn the techniques black hat hackers and even governments use to explore networks, gain control of computers, and steal money and identities. Armed with this knowledge, learn how to protect your computers, phones, accounts, and privacy. This is a hands-on camp that will use real-world tools and techniques to understand the vulnerabilities and countermeasures for current security and privacy exposures.
When/Where is the camp?
The camp will be held July 12-July 18, 2020 on the UT-Austin campus. We will accept the first 60 registrants.
Who Can Attend?
The camp is open to boys and girls going into 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades.
What will we be doing?
- With hands on the keyboard, we’ll find the online presence of a company, entity, or person using public searches
- Using common (and free) hacking and security tools, we’ll find the computers, services, and vulnerabilities on a network
- We’ll learn how to crack wireless networks and view data in transit
- We’ll crack passwords and gain access to remote systems
- We’ll learn how easy it is to pierce the veil of anonymity online
- We’ll learn the best ways to use and configure our email, Snapchat, and other social media platforms to protect our data and privacy
Do I need prior programming experience?
No programming knowledge is necessary, but you should have experience with email and social media, plus an innate curiosity about how things work. Ideally you've been involved with some technology projects or hobbies such as drones, robotics, Raspberry Pi, a web server, or creating applications.
Campers are supervised at all times and camper to counselor ratios will be 1:10. Counselors stay in the residence halls with the campers.
Housing and Food
Campers reside in one of the residential halls on campus. Campers will stay two to a room based on age and gender. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided for all campers. If you have food allergies, please note that on your waiver and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
Chris Prosise, an engineer and entrepreneuer in Austin, Texas, will be teaching the curriculum. He served as an intel officer at the Air Force Information Warfare Center and co-founded Foundstone, later acquired by McAfee and Intel. He performed some of the Internet's earliest penetration testing and incident response services. The co-author of Incident Response: Investigating Computer Crime, he also taught graduate courses on Ethical Hacking and Incident Response at Carnegie Mellon University. Chris currently teaches a very popular undergraduate course at UTCS called Ethical Hacking and provides consulting services to early stage start-ups.
Tiffany Buckley, Camp Director, has worked for UTCS for 14 years on admissions, enrollment, student organizations, diversity initiatives and summer camps.
- You must be a high school student entering your freshmen, sophmore, junior or senior year in fall 2020.
- You must have a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Cost of Camp
Tuition for the camp is $1,995 and includes room and board, t-shirt, hat and other promotional items.
Cancellation and Refunds
Prior to May 15 - Full refund minus a $300 deposit per session canceled.
May 16 - May 31 - You will receive 75% of your registration fee.
June 1 - June 15 - You will receive 50% of your registration fee.
After June 16 - No refunds will be given.
We will be offering two fully paid scholarships to the camp. If you have financial need and would like to apply for a scholarship, please feel out this application by April 1, 2020. We will let you know if you are chosen by May 1. (Scholarship application will be available Feb. 1).