Marymount Receives Additional Grant for GenCyber Camps

Marymount University has again received a $92,000 grant from the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency for an annual summer camp series that provides middle and high school students experience working in cybersecurity and some basic knowledge that can help keep them stay safe online.

    “Technology is a big part of their lives, but many of them really don’t know anything about internet safety,” said Dr. Diane Murphy, chair of MU’s Department of Information Technology, Management Sciences and Cybersecurity. “It’s almost like a group of people who can essentially drive cars without having passed a driving test.”

    The camps change that. The goal of GenCyber, as they are known, is to attract, educate and inspire a new generation of college-bound students to the field of cybersecurity, said Murphy. This year’s offerings include a two-week residential camp, an advanced camp and a day camp. The camps are tremendously popular and reached enrollment capacity quickly.  

    Marymount’s cybersecurity program is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.