184th Hosts Cyber Boot Camp

Members of the 184th Intelligence Wing hosted a cyber boot camp on July 27th, 2017. The boot camp focused on teaching local high school students basic concepts of cyber security. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Justin Jacobs)

By Tech. Sgt. Justin Jacobs, 184th Public Affairs

The 184th Intelligence Wing and Wichita State University partnered to host a cyber boot camp at the university’s engineering building near Jabara Airport, Wichita, July.

What is a cyber boot camp? It is a weeklong camp designed to teach local high school students about cyber security.

The students learned different characteristics of the cyber world that aren’t well-known since training opportunities are often limited. The kids also learned how to protect their computers from potential attacks.

Col. Joe Jabara, vice wing commander, 184th Intelligence Wing, and Polly Basore, outreach coordinator, Wichita State University’s College of Engineering STEM, collaborated to find a mutually beneficial event.

“This is a perfect venue for us to help the community and raise awareness of the importance of a cyber security curriculum,” said Jabara.

For students to be accepted into the boot camp, they had to submit an application and an essay. Overall, 23 participated and all of their fees were paid by Booz Allen Hamilton, a management consulting firm that fosters the development of problem solvers.

Lt. Col. Andrew VanderZiel, commander, 299th Network Operations Security Squadron, organized, recruited volunteers and conducted the boot camp with the help of 14 volunteers from the 184th Cyber Operations Group.

The 127th Cyber Operations Squadron loaned the training equipment that was used in the boot camp.

Students spent the first four days learning about the different aspects of the cyber world and how to prevent and protect from cyber-attacks.

On the fifth day, they applied their training to protect assets and prevent attacks that were performed by the 14 volunteers.

“It’s fun to get involved and give kids a venue to work and learn aspects of the cyber world that they normally wouldn’t be able to do,” said VanderZiel.