College to Host Air Force Association's CyberCamp Event


For the second consecutive year, Riverside City College will participate in the Air Force Association’s (AFA) CyberCamp Program.

The RCC AFA CyberCamp, which will be held July 30 - August 3, can accommodate 50 students. The camp runs from 9 am to 4 pm. Enrollment is free and open to incoming high school juniors and seniors. Students can register through Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/2018_RCC-CyberCamp.

Attendees will receive software and a hands-on curriculum kit designed to teach students cyber safety, cyber ethics, and critical network security skills and tools. The AFA CyberCamp will culminate in a team-based competition that puts the campers in the role of IT administrators tasked with finding and addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated network environments. The AFA CyberCamp competitions will closely mimic AFA’s annual CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which will enter its 10th season in October.

“The need for trained cyber security professionals is continuing to grow and there are currently many unfilled positions,” Skip Berry, assistant professor, Cyber Security, CISSP, said. “This trend will continue into the foreseeable future. Riverside City College has a robust cyber security program and we are looking to reach high school students to help foster their interest in pursuing this exciting and challenging career field and take advantage of the courses RCC offers to help them achieve their goals. Job openings will continue into the foreseeable future.”

The CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created by the Air Force Association to attract individuals to cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. In addition to the annual National Youth Cyber Defense Competition and the AFA CyberCamp program, CyberPatriot has launched the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative designed to introduce young students to online safety. To learn more about CyberPatriot, visit www.usycyberpatriot.org.​​