PUNCCH* Just for Adolescents
This week-long program is designed to provide
technology-focused students in grades 9 through
12 with knowledge and hands-on experience in
cybersecurity, and introduce them to the many
career opportunities in this growing field. The
central excercise is a scenario where participants will
be tasked with protecting the digitalized healthcare
records of the community and their own families.
The program will increase students’ knowledge
of networking and computer security, including
attack-and-defense strategies, through tutorials
and hands-on activities. Students will be taught by
experienced Marymount cybersecurity faculty and
will be assisted and mentored by current MU students
who have selected cybersecurity as their specialization.
Participants will collaborate with a diverse group of
peers to “breach” and “protect” a computer system
containing electronic medical records. The institute
culminates with a cybersecurity competition.
Practicing cybersecurity professionals will visit the
classroom to introduce students to the many career
opportunities in government and industry.
*PUNCCH (Project, Use and ANalyze Approach to Cybersecurity
Competitions in the Healthcare Environment) is supported through a
grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by resources
supplied by Marymount University.