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A Cybersecurity Camp for Girls

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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June 29, 2016





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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering Division: Evaluation: Exploring the Impact of Summer Programs on K-12 Youth (Part 1)

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Cariana Cornel Brigham Young University


Caralea M. Cornel Brigham Young University

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Caralea Cornel is a sophmore in the information technology program at Brigham Young University. She is currently working as a research assistant in the cybersecurity research lab and hopes to continue to learn more about what cybersecurity has to offer.

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Dale C. Rowe Brigham Young University

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Dr. Rowe has worked for nearly two decades in security and network architecture with a variety of industries in international companies. He has provided secure enterprise architecture on both military and commercial satellite communications systems. He has also advised and trained both national and international governments on cyber-security.
Since joining Brigham Young University in 2010, he has designed a variety of courses on Information Assurance, Cyber Security, Penetration Testing, Cyber Forensics and Systems Administration and published over a dozen papers in cyber-security.

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Samuel Moses Brigham Young University

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Samuel Moses is a Security Analyst at Brigham Young University Office of Information Technology. He earned his Bachelors in Information Technology August 2015, emphasizing in the fields of System Administration and Cyber Security. Currently Samuel Moses is working on his Masters in Technology emphasis in Cyber Security.

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The demand for cybersecurity analysts and awareness is increasing, the employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 37 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Today, women represent just 10 percent of the cybersecurity workforce. Thus, to increase the amount of people going into cybersecurity, primarily women, we must start at the base: schools. There, we can emphasize the need for being cyber savvy and also address the need to have balanced teams of men and women.

In 2015, we hosted a Girls Cybersecurity Camp for years 9 through 12 that was primarily planned and hosted by female undergraduate students. With 38 attendees, student mentors and faculty prepared a series of workshops, seminars and activities designed to educate and inspire girls to consider potential career paths in cybersecurity. Due to the success of this project, we are planning a bigger and more significant event for the summer of 2016 along with a supplemental series of workshops for STEM teachers at middle and high-schools.

In this paper we discuss the methods and implementation of our 2015 summer camp. We look at the perceived strengths and weaknesses of our approach to identify successful aspects and recommend improvements for the coming year. By including data from entry and exit surveys, we are able to comprehensively analyze both the perceived impact of our camp from the attendee’s perspective. We also acknowledge and thank **** and **** for their generous financial support of this effort.

Cornel, C., & Cornel, C. M., & Rowe, D. C., & Moses, S. (2016, June), A Cybersecurity Camp for Girls Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26303

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