Protect and defend critical networks and systems at the NSLC on Cybersecurity.

Are you concerned about information security and cyberterrorism? Do you want to protect the nation from dangerous cyberattacks against our networks, data systems and critical infrastructure? At the NSLC on Cybersecurity learn how experts in the field monitor, mitigate, and prevent online threats. You will explore the world of cybersecurity from the perspectives of government, business, and individual consumers.

Program Highlights

Explore an interdisciplinary career path
Learn how the fields of computer science, business, and national security merge together to protect critical information systems.

Interactive workshops
Cryptography, digital forensics, network security, and cloud computing sessions equip you with skills to defend a client's cyber safety.

Attack and defend
Learn how to anticipate cyber attacks and defend against threats through hacking challenges.

Meet the professionals
Security experts, government officials, and leading cybersecurity executives share how they address cyber challenges.

Hands-On Simulations

While at the NSLC you will participate in hands-on workshops and simulations designed to prepare you for a career in cybersecurity and learn to harness new technologies to confront tomorrow’s security challenges.

As part of a digital forensics team, you will face challenges in cyber defense as you protect your organization from attack and develop a comprehensive security plan.

Meet Cybersecurity Professionals

While at the NSLC’s high school summer cybersecurity program, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the fields of cybersecurity.

Examples of past guest speakers include:

Secretary Jeh Johnson
Security of Homeland Security, Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Hart Rossman
Director of Global Security, Amazon Web Services

Lt. General Vincent Stewart
Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

Lt. General Timothy Kadavy
Director, Army National Guard

Mr. Brett Holmgren
Vice President of Cyber Risk Management, Capital One

Mr. Dennis Bartko
Director Capabilities Development Group CIO, U.S. Cyber Command

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC high school cybersecurity program is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of cybersecurity.

These trips may include:

Johns Hopkins University

National Defense University, College of Information and Cyberspace, Fort McNair | Google | MITRE | National Security Agency | Capitol Hill & Smithsonian Museums | Historic D.C. Monuments at Night

Leadership Training

At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the Cybersecurity program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Public Speaking
  • Intrapersonal Communication

College Credit Option

American University (AU) and NSLC have a unique partnership that enables you to earn college credit by enrolling in a supplemental online course designed to correlate with your NSLC program’s area of study. By enrolling in this credit course, you will enjoy a stimulating, innovative, and personalized college-level learning experience that builds on your NSLC accomplishments. The course is for one credit and is taught in a self-paced, asynchronous format across six weeks, allowing ample time to complete assignments. The course is designed to work within the framework of NSLC; students are not expected to complete coursework while on campus. Students may register for college credit via their personal student portal (myNSLC) once they have enrolled in an NSLC session.

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Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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