Course Overview

If you enjoyed watching “Mr. Robot” or” CSI: Cyber” or you are intrigued by cybersecurity in current events, you’re the ideal high school student for this summer STEM course. No one could escape the media attention given to the hacking of the Democratic party emails during the 2016 elections. It is clear that cybersecurity is now at the forefront of our daily lives and the need to secure our computers and systems is increasing exponentially.

As the old saying goes, you must “know thy enemy.” In order to secure computer systems, you need to learn how hackers think and operate. In the Cybersecurity program, students are put through a series of activities to learn how easy (or difficult) it is to hack a computer system. These skills will allow them to join the growing community of ethical hackers whose mission is to secure computer and information systems. The core of the learning is via group-based activities, labs and challenges. Students posses a broad spectrum of skills, and they are encouraged to share and spread their knowledge. Students can also pursue greater individual goals by taking advantage of the provided resources.

Still undecided about taking this program? Rumor has it that there are currently as many as 200,000 cybersecurity jobs left vacant because there are not enough skilled workers to fill them, which is making cybersecurity one of the hottest career paths in the world.

Course Topics

  • Security CIA and Encryption Technologies
  • Internet and Network Security
  • Network-based Attacks and Social Engineering
  • Web and Database Attacks and Mobile Application Security
  • Malware and Scanning for Vulnerabilities
  • Ethical Hacking Reporting and Communication

Course Objectives

  • Learn what are the challenges of cybersecurity
  • Understand ‘Ethical Hacking’
  • Develop a spirit of teamwork
  • Participate in a Hackathon and apply the theory and practical skills they have learned

Course Information

Course Prefix and Number: SCN 043

Eligibility: Students must be of rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior status – or a 2021 high school graduate. 

Credit: Noncredit

Grading: Pass/Fail

Cost: $2,500
Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Information

Summer College Online: Explore college life before stepping foot on campus! High school students can enroll in a college-level course, pursue their academic interests, and meet likeminded students in daily virtual events and activities.

“I loved the Cybersecurity: Hackathon Experience because it was a great introduction to what I plan on studying later on in life. This course taught me a lot of the basics that go into cybersecurity. The professor encouraged mistakes and let us know that it is all part of the process. I feel as though after taking this course, I have a head start on everybody that will be taking an undergrad cybersecurity course with me in the future.”

— Will T., Summer College Online Cybersecurity Student, 2020

Course Dates and Details

ProgramCourse DatesSynchronous Class Time (Eastern Time)Credit/NoncreditStatus
Summer College Online3-Week Session II:
August 9 – August 27, 2021

Course Requirements

Technology Requirements

  • A laptop or desktop computer with webcam
  • Reliable internet connection
  • A space conducive to taking an online class (without distractions)

Student Expectations

Students are expected to complete all their daily tasks and to be resourceful when experiencing difficulties. In case they run into any problems they should seek a quick resolution by reaching out to teaching assistants, the professor, or other students.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students will have live, synchronous class Monday – Friday from 1:00 -2:30pm EDT. The class is entirely hands-on with most of the lectures/presentations taking place during the live synchronous sessions.  The sessions will be recorded so they can be accessed on demand.

They can look forward to the some of the following:

Learn the Basics: Students participate in a series of instructional activities, exercises, and tutorials to provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform their work.

Hands-on Lab: Each Hands-on Lab is designed specifically to highlight the topic discussed and guides students through their exercises allowing them to leverage their understanding.

Hack on My Own: Students will have the opportunity to practice what they have learned on their own by working their way through a series of challenges.

Daily Wrap-up: Students are required to maintain a cybersecurity journal/diary during this time slot summarizing what they learned in their own words. They will be aided by templates and dialogues to ensure organization and completeness.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College virtual activities to meet and connect with other students across the world. Check out our Virtual Campus Experience page for more information!

Faculty Bios

Bahram Attaie – Assistant Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies

Bahram Attaie is an assistant professor of practice at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) and has been teaching Information Technology at Syracuse University since 1995. More recently he has been specializing in cybersecurity, and in 2015 he was the director of the Northeast Collegiate Cybersecurity Defense Competition (NECCDC) hosted by the iSchool. He was also coach of the Syracuse University team that won the 2018 National Cyber Anyalyst Challenge. Although he retired from full time teaching in December of 2017, he remains very active in cybersecurity and continues to teach part time as an adjunct professor.

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