The High Tech Crimes Unit will be participating in a Cybersecurity Camp that will be hosted by Purdue University. The High Tech Crimes Unit is a multi-jurisdiction, law enforcement task force headed by the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office that conducts investigations involving computers, cellphones, and other technology. Members of the High Tech Crimes Unit will help instruct portions of this camp. The camp will be held from June 12-17 on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus.
The following is a description of the camp and can be found at https://polytechnic.purdue.edu/newsroom/cybersecurity-camp-inspire-next-cyber-stars:
The camp, which aims to inspire the next generation of cyber stars, targets underrepresented minority students who will be enrolled in high school during Fall 2016. Students must be entering the 9th – 12th grades to apply. It is the first GenCyber student program to be offered in Indiana and surrounding Midwestern states.
Participants will learn about programming, cybersecurity, networking, ethics and online safety as part of the foundational courses. In addition, they will experience hand-on activities focused on eight topics: High Tech Crime Unit, cryptography and steganography, digital forensics, malicious software, mobile app development, network forensics, robotics, and the cybercriminal.
“We want our 40 students to leave the six-day camp with a sense of awareness of cybersecurity issues, potential careers in cybersecurity, and an appreciation for its impact on the individual and society at large,” said Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, assistant professor of computer and information technology at Purdue University.
To ensure a level playing field, GenCyber camps are open to all student and teacher participants at no cost. Funding is provided jointly by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.
The camp is limited to 40 students. Interested students can get more information and apply at https://polytechnic.purdue.edu/camps/gencyber.
Lt. Brian Gossard
Community Outreach and Crime Prevention
Lafayette Police Department