Cybersecurity camp at UW-Green Bay hopes to bridge gap in need for talent

“According to the National Security Agency (NSA) there’s a shortfall of cybersecurity professionals in the U.S including here in Wisconsin. To bridge the gap there’s a cybersecurity camp happening this week called Gencyber UWGB for teachers wanting to bring the interest of this profession to their classrooms. shows the demand versus supply. In Wisconsin there is a high need for cybersecurity experts but it’s a nationwide trend. Experts expect the gap to grow over the next few years.” See more via Cybersecurity camp at UWGB hopes to bridge gap in need for talent via WBAY.

UW-Green Bay hosts cyber security camp | WHBY

There’s a shortage of cyber security workers across the nation and a local school hopes to get more people interested in the field. UW-Green Bay is hosting a camp this week for teachers wanting to talk about the job in their classrooms. It’s the only one of its kind in the state. See more via UW-Green Bay hosts cyber security camp | WHBY.

GenCyber returns to UW-Green Bay, Aug. 5-9, 2019

Local educators can receive GenCyber training at no cost

Green Bay, Wis.—For the third year in a row, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement was awarded a grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) for its GenCyber program, the only of its kind in Wisconsin.

The Division was awarded $57,000 for a GenCyber teacher camp. This year’s camp will be held August 5-9, 2019. The vision of the GenCyber program is to be part of the solution to the nation’s shortfall of skilled cybersecurity professionals. Ensuring that enough young people are inspired to direct their talents in this area is critical to national and economic security especially as the country becomes more reliant on cyber-based technology in every aspect of their daily lives.

The GenCyber teacher camp targets teachers who are passionate about providing students with the tools they need to be safe and responsible online. A team of cybersecurity experts will guide teachers through hands-on activities using current technologies, introduce the concept of digital citizenship and providing online safety information to share in their classrooms. Participants learn cybersecurity curriculum that they can take back to their classrooms to help students understand correct and safe on-line behavior, and increase diversity and interest in cybersecurity and careers in the cybersecurity workforce.

Teachers will walk away from camp with a comprehensive set of teaching materials mapped to appropriate standards, including lesson plans, access to “Raspberry-Pi” starter kit and Cozmo robot lending library and project ideas for their classrooms. Bonus is a network of like-minded teachers to collaborate with and share ideas in the future. The camp curriculum will be covering the following:

  • Secure Coding Elements, Defensive Programming Fundamentals (Software Security)
  • Programming using Raspberry Pi Linux Commands (basics, file permissions, networking)
  • Programming with Python
  • Cryptography and its Applications (Information & Usable Security)
  • Networking Security Basics
  • Mobile Security
  • Cyber Intelligence: Privacy and Machine Learning (Human Security & Surveillance)
  • Database Security (including data-privacy and ethics)
  • System Security (including OS level security topics)
  • Cybersecurity Educational Software-Apps-Tools (Freeware)
  • Capture the Flag Models and Cyber-School Competition Programs

GenCyber camps are open to all participants at no cost. Funding is provided jointly by the NSA and the National Science Foundation. Teachers will be provided a $500 stipend for their participation. They will receive $250 of that after their completion of the camp week. The other $250 is contingent upon completion of implementing at least one camp lesson plan (or provided curricular module related to the GenCyber first-principles topic) or implement an instance of the Capture the Flag model in their classrooms/school during the Fall 2019 semester. New this year, participants will have the opportunity to earn a CyberChip digital badge! Leading the effort will be the Division of Continuing Education’s Executive Director Joy Ruzek and Director of Camps and Conferences Jason Mathwig, along with Assistant Prof. Ankur Chattopadhyay (Information and Computing Science). To apply for camp, visit the GenCyber Teacher Camp website:

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, Division I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit


UW-Green Bay student honored by Women in Technology Wisconsin

Sallie Petty, a UW-Green Bay senior majoring in Computer Science, was honored Tuesday, July 17 as an “Impact Member Award” recipient by Women in Technology Wisconsin during its annual meeting at Fox Cities Stadium. WIT Wisconsin recognized Petty as an outstanding role model who is making significant contributions to their community through her time, actions, talents and dedication. Sallie is the founder of the campus student organization at UW-Green Bay, WITonCampus at UWGB, and she is a student leader in Google IgniteCS at UW-Green Bay.  She also serves as the lab administrator and social media/marketing manager for UW-Green Bay Cyber Security, Outreach and Education and has been involved in the GenCyber camps for the past two summers on campus. She represents UW-Green Bay in the community at a multitude of events demonstrating robots and talking about technology efforts at UW-Green Bay. Petty currently interns at Breakthrough Fuel in Green Bay. Congratulations!

Reminder: UW-Green Bay GenCyber Camp

Reminder that UW-Green Bay’s GenCyber Camp application due date, June 1, 2018, is approaching. To apply, applicants are required to submit a letter of support from their school principal to ensure the support of implementation of a cybersecurity activity during the fall 2018 school year. Letter can be uploaded in the application. The camp is for teachers and educators, no experience required. Dates for camps are July 23 to 27, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day. The camp is free of cost, lunch is included.

GenCyber campers using a mobile device

UW-Green Bay GenCyber wildly successful in comparison

Similar to the 71 locations in 39 states across the nation this summer, UW-Green Bay hosted a GenCyber camp for students in grades 7-9. The UW-Green Bay GenCyber camp was one of the larger camps in the nation with close to 100 participants (compared to an average of 25 campers among 130 camps!). Organizers were particularly proud of the gender mix as 32 percent were female. Narrowing the gender gap and addressing issues related to female under-representation in computing sciences, including cybersecurity, is a major challenge for all computing educators. Increasing familiarity with jobs in this field is an important first step to solving this. UW-Green Bay may have “cracked the code” by intentionally providing camp information to organizations such as girl scouts, Green Bay Boys and Girls Club, United Way, local school districts, Salvation Army, Junior Achievement and the Einstein Project — all organizations that encouraged girls to enroll. Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand and females are an important part of a talented and diverse talent pool needed in this area. The goal of the camp was to help students understand correct and safe online behavior, develop knowledge about cybersecurity content and create awareness of careers in the cybersecurity workforce. Local news station WBAY-ABC2 reported about the UW-Green Bay camp. The story can be seen here.

Safety first: GenCyber Camp teaches students about internet safety, career potential

Congratulations to the UW-Green Bay team that hosted the first-ever National Security Agency (NSA) GenCyber Camp in the state of Wisconsin, July 31 through August 4. Assistant Prof. Ankur Chattopadhyay (Information and Computing Science) led the way with the curriculum, and UW-Green Bay alumnus Joel Williquette ’12 ’15 (Interdisciplinary Studies, Masters of Management), CIO of Capital Credit Union (a sponsor of the camp) served as an instructor.

Students entering grades seven through nine received practice and exposure to safe online practices, network security, privacy and got a feel for what a career in cybersecurity would entail. More than 100 students participated in the camp, administered by UW-Green Bay’s Jason Mathwig, Director of Camps and Conferences, Division of Continuing Education and Community Engagement.