Dr. Sumesh Philip is leading an initiative for the School of IT to host the GenCyber Summer Camp at Illinois State University in July 2022. GenCyber camps are a part of the federal government’s solution to the nation’s shortfall of skilled cybersecurity workers. The GenCyber camp is a free residential summer camp supported by a grant from the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Sumesh Philip

The primary objective of the grant is to host a residential summer camp at Illinois State that teaches fundamental cybersecurity concepts to high school students as they experience college life at Illinois State over a weeklong period. Camp attendees will not only learn topics in cybersecurity but also be aware of careers in the field and majors that they can pursue to shape a career in cybersecurity.

“My hope is that the camp attracts good students who want to learn more about the field and perhaps even pursue a cybersecurity degree at Illinois State,” Philip said.

Learn more about GenCyber Summer Camp at Illinois State at: it.illinoisstate.edu/cybersecurity/gencyber/index.php.

Learn more about a B.S. cybersecurity degree at Illinois State at: it.illinoisstate.edu/academics.