GenCyber Girls Camp 2021 – Final Report

Need ideas for your camp? Read about our GenCyber Girls Summer Camp that was hosted at Coastline College. Activities and presentations were focused on digital forensics and law enforcement careers. High school students learned how to use forensics software to locate suspicious artifacts.

Campers had the opportunity to meet with law enforcement and cybersecurity professionals to discuss cyber careers and real-world cyber scenarios encountered by people working in the field. Cybersecurity education and career pathways were shared to help the campers understand the options and available resources. Campers learned how to use forensic software tools to examine digital evidence with a mock case based on suspicious activity related to the purchase of tiger cubs.

Law enforcement agents presented each day, including 10+ FBI agents, Fontana Police Department’s K9 unit, US Customs Enforcement, and a Probation Officer that focuses on digital forensics. The campers worked in teams to develop a forensic report that included their examination of the digital evidence, their findings about the suspicious activity, and how they believed the evidence was related to the activities of the mock case. At the end of the week, campers presented an overview of their digital forensics examination and analysis in teams.

Prior to the start of the in-person camp, the campers had an option to attend four remote sessions held each week that included an introduction to cybersecurity, cyber ethics and civic responsibility, online safety and cyber wellness, and a panel of speakers which included female cybersecurity professionals.

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