100 8th through 12th grade girls are in Madison this week for a summer camp devoted to cyber security. This is the second year for the GenCyber camps sponsored by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. The agencies are interested in filling a need for cyber security experts, both in government and private industry.
There are 40 camps GenCyber camps held around the country this year. The camp at Dakota State University is one of four just for girls. The initial 60 slots for the free camp filled up quickly and prompted Sioux Falls-based SDN Communications to provide funding allowing 40 more girls to attend. DSU also held a co-ed GenCyber camp in June.
Ashley Podhradsky is assistant professor of information assurance and forensics at Dakota State and director of the camp. She joined Dakota Midday and discussed the benefits of an all-female camp dedicated to cyber security.