Kennesaw State University GenCyber Program


Frequently Asked Questions
About KSU's GenCyber Program

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  • The GenCyber program is a 3-phase cybersecurity workshop which will be hosted by KSU during the Summer of 2023. The three phases include a pre-workshop (online for 15hours), on-campus workshop for 30 hours and post-workshop (hybrid-15hours). The program will be helmed by highly qualified KSU professors (Ph.D.) and feature top cybersecurity professionals as guest speakers.

  • The program is meant to provide introductory knowledge into cybersecurity and its career offerings to high school students. Learning resources will include areas from cybersecurity principles, ethics, risk management, ethical hacking, adversarial thinking, computer network and security along with state-of-the-art Netlab cyber range to introduce students with network and forensics activities.

  • Rising high school sophomore, junior and senior students with priority given to students from underrepresented minority groups and without any prior GenCyber experience. Students will be required to disclose identifying information, parent / guardian information, school counselor information, current GPA and must submit a statement declaring interest in the program. Students must be either Permanent Residents or US citizens to be accepted into the program.

  • It is one of the 259 universities with R1/R2 designation with strong emphasis on cybersecurity, computing and engineering research in the nation. It is the home of the first undergraduate degree in information security at a public institution in the Southeastern USA region. Additionally, KSU first received the National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance or Cyber Defense Education in 2004 and has been renewed for 2022. KSU currently ranks as the #1 online BS in Cybersecurity and MS Cybersecurity nationwide.

  • The dates given here are tentative and subject to change, but adequate notice will be provided to accepted participants in the event of schedule changes.

    Pre-workshop will be online for 15hours.

    On-campus workshop will be completed at a designated KSU Campus from June 5th to June 9th for 30 hours. During the on-campus section, start time will be from 9:00 Am to 4:00Pm. We would like students to on site by 7:45Am to allow time to settle before starting each day. 

    Post-workshop will be hybrid format for 15 hours hybrid.

    The program is ABSOLUTELY FREE and there will be no costs to students.

  • Spots will fill in quickly. Priority will be given to applications submitted by October 31, 2022

  • To be considered for the program, please scroll to the bottom of this page and activate the "Apply Now" link to complete the form.
  • Contact the Program Directors:

    Dr. Hossain Shahriar 
    Associate Professor of Information Technology, Lead PI, Camp Director 
    College of Computing and Software Engineering 

    Dr. Maria Valero

    Assistant Professor of Information Technology, Co-PI, Lead Instructor
    College of Computing and Software Engineering

    Note that email is the easiest and fastest way to contact the program directors with GenCyber questions.

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