GenCyber Summer Camps for Middle and High School Students in North Texas

COVID-19 update: Our GenCyber 2020 summer program will be deferred to 2021 due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus. We will provide the new camp dates and application information in Fall 2020.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas will host 2021 GenCyber Cybersecurity Summer Camps for middle and high school students in the North Texas region. The overall goal of this GenCyber camp is to

  • Increase interest in cybersecurity and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the Nation,
  • Help all students understand correct and safe online behavior, and
  • Increase interest in Cybersecurity education and careers.


The curriculum will center around the GenCyber Cybersecurity Concepts and the GenCyber Cybersecurity First Principles which are fundamental to understanding and practicing effective cybersecurity, and represent the foundation upon which cybersecurity mechanisms are reliably built and cybersecurity policies can be reliably implemented.

  • GenCyber Cybersecurity Concepts: Defense in Depth, Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability, Think Like an Adversary, and Keep It Simple.
  • GenCyber Cybersecurity First Principles: Data Hiding Least Privilege, Abstraction Domain Separation, Resource Encapsulation Simplicity, Modularity Process Isolation, and Layering.

We will use real-world scenarios and our connected autonomous vehicle cyber-infrastructure in the curriculum.


UNT Cybersecurity programs:

UNT Center for Information and Computer Security (CICS)

 CICS was designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) and National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE) by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. [News]

UNT CSE Undergraduate Cybersecurity Certificate, and Cybersecurity Concentration

 The goal of the Cybersecurity Concentration is to provide interdisciplinary training, research, and professional services in cybersecurity. The concentration will prepare academics that are capable of conducting research on the critical issues in cybersecurity and related areas, and that are highly focused on information science perspective. They will fulfill the ever-increasing need for highly-trained researchers to assist the federal and state governments, the military, and the public sector in defending our information infrastructure and assets.

UNT Cyber Security Club

 The UNT Cyber Security Club provides students with an opportunity to learn about the concepts and techniques of information security and to network with current security professionals in the north Texas region. UNT team achieved the 5th place at the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition!

UNT Cybersecurity Summit

 The Summit showcases the unique cyber credentials found only at UNT, and seeks to share ongoing innovations and technologies in both the industry and enterprise sectors. The summit advances attendees' understanding of current and future challenges in cybersecurity through a variety of panels and speakers from industry, research, and academia.

NSF REU in Vehicular Edge Computing and Security at UNT

 The goal of this REU program is to increase the number of future professionals in the area of Autonomous Vehicles and Secure Connected Systems, and develop students’ ability to conduct research in computer and network systems (architecture, applications, and security).