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Cyber Explorers NCAT Program

NCAT Summer Bridge Program

Cyber Explorers NCAT is a 4-week summer program aimed at introducing Cyber Security discipline to students at NCAT. We call this cohort the CYBER AGGIES. The program doesn’t assume any exposure to computers and computer science. The first few sessions are tabletop fun games and exercises introducing concepts of Cyber Security like Cryptography, Network Security, Defense in Depth, Incident Detection, Incident Response et al.

The students will start early in the program on a project which could be a cybersecurity-related puzzle, poster or a project. This is a deliverable which students are expected to showcase in the Cyber Explorers finale.

Completed! The Cyber Explorers NCAT Program

Session #1 Completed

Next Up Session #2

Program details

1 - Jun 20, 2023


  1. Recording
  2. Students should complete Hobbies, Computer background and Discord setup at Class-1-sheet
  3. Roster
  4. Discord Invite
2 - Jun 21, 2023

Introduction to Cyber Security

  1. Recording
  2. Warm-up to Cyber Security [Attack/Movie]
  3. Presentation is here
  4. In Discord: Homework#1: Please share a link with few lines of description about a cyber security tidbit which you found information and entertaining.
3 - Jun 22, 2023

Introduction to Cyptography (Hands-on No Computers) (Cypher-1-3, Cryptography & Steganography).

  1. Recording
  2. Presentation is here
  3. Homework#2: Quiz to complete is here
4 - Jun 26, 2023

Overview of Logical Operators & Introduction to Cyber Security through Games

  1. Recording
  2. Presentation is here
  3. We covered XOR and Logical Operations, Public Key Cryptography
  4. Homework#3: Do 5 XOR 6 and show all your work.
5 - Jun 27, 2023

Cyber Security Games & Public Key Cryptography

  1. Recording
  2. Presentation is here
  3. Student are encouraged to try the crossword puzzle game
  4. Read on Securtiy board games - Security Cards, Dx03D, Cards Against Security, Stratego, Control-Alt-Hack, Cyber Thread Defenders and Hacker.
  5. Classwork: Use the inspiration from Cyber Security Games posted earlier and find one cyber security game which you find interesting and post a link in Discord.
6 - Jun 28, 2023

Open Source Intelligence - I


Fraud & Phishing

  1. Presentation
  2. Homework #4 - Quiz
7 - Jun 29, 2023

Open Source Intelligence - II


Shodan, & Google Dorking

  1. Presentation
  2. Homework#7: Use google hacking database, Shoadan Queries and Shodan Dorks and post in Discrod 2 Google Queries 3 Shodan Queries which show interesting results?

Python Code Reading

  1. Try Pythontutor to read code
8 - Jul 5, 2023

Ethics - I


  1. Ethics - Presentation
  2. Final Project Explanation [Ideas]


  1. Post two paragraphs as a project proposal for end of class. It will be 2-3 mins individual presentation - topics could be - write-up, code, game, story – Anything which excites you about computers and cybersecurity. Be specific on project topic and first paragraph answer why and second paragraph should outline how you will do it. Use project-proposal channel.
  2. Write two paragraphs on a Cyber Security Incident, What was intriguing to you about it? Post on discord
9 - Jul 6, 2023

Ethics - II and Security Incident Discussion



  1. Ethics - Presentation

Security Incidents

  1. Security Incidents explained

Introduction to Shell

  1. Introduction to Shell - with a game (ls, cat, grep, pipe, nmap, …)
  2. OverTheWire Bandit Challenge

Final Projects

  1. Discussion of final project proposals and security-incidents


  1. Post a refined version of your proposal with my feedback from today - Why, How?
  2. Include 2-3 links or resources which you will research for the project.
  3. Play the Bandit, get help for Commandline
  4. Read the Executive briefing from the 2023 Verizon DBIR Report, and on discord two interesting things your learnt from it.
10 - Jul 10, 2023

Introduction to Code (Reading Python Code)



  1. Share a Google doc of your project proposal with two paragraphs and references, post link in “project” tab of roster
  2. Implement a basic calculator using the Google Collab environment and share link in “coding” tab of roster
11 - Jul 11, 2023

Introduction to Coding (Functions)


Google Colab Coding Work



  1. Read the following articles: 1.1 PEP8 1.2 How to learn programming in 10 years
  2. Implement a basic calculator with function and share in Google colab
  3. Share a Google doc of your project proposal with two paragraphs and references, post link in “project” tab of roster
12 - Jul 12, 2023

Python Programming (Testing) (III)


Google Colab Coding Work



  1. Complete the calculators program and add it to your roster
  2. Propose a project partner after reading the project write-ups
  3. Read PEP8
13 - Jul 13, 2023

How to developer Programming skills & Test Game play



  1. Test gameplay of The Hogwarts Escape
  2. How to learn programming in 10 years


  1. Create a Github account and post on Discord thread
  2. Write a paragraph on your implementation of your project in your project document, and update project tab
  3. Review the Gameplay of The Hogwarts Escape and post on Discord


  1. Post personal programming ideas on discord
14 - Jul 17, 2023

Introduction to Forensics & Security Engineering


  1. Project Milestone - Presentation
  2. Forensics Presentation
  3. Physical Secuirty Presentation


  1. Make sure you have presentation link for your project in the “project” tab of Roster
  2. Optionally Listen to Deviant on Darknet Diaries
15 - Jul 18, 2023

Computers & Networking

No Recording Available

Computers & Networking

  1. How does the internet work?
  2. Presentation

Data Science for CyberSecurity-

  1. Access logs, OS logs, Application logs, Service logs, syslogs
  2. Introduction to Intrusion Detection
  3. Explain Personal Finance Data Analysis with Jupyter Notebook


  1. Complete presentation in add it to “project” tab in your roster.
  2. Complete code assignment “Final Calculator” and add it to your code tab in roster
16 - Jul 19, 2023

Security Careers



  1. Cyber Seek


  1. What career path would interest you in Cyber Security? Post in #chat
  2. Enter your LinkedIn and Github Profile in Roster
17 - Jul 20, 2023 (8:00am - 9:30am PST)

Guests & Student Presentations - Final Class!

  1. Project work [Presentations]

  2. Announcements & Links - What’s next?

    1. Listen to Cyber Security Podcasts - Darknet Diaries, Stormcast
    2. Participate in Security competitions - NCL, Cyber Patriots,Try HackMe, Hack The Box
    3. Get a Security Certification - EC-Council, Security+, OSCP
    4. Follow Us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube

Through the Cyber Explorers, we aim at having a comprehensive introduction to cyber security, related hackathons and exposing students to cyber security career paths. The program finale will showcases student work and projects to a broad audience.

Project Ideas & Process

  1. Enhance the Cyber Explorers escape room
  2. Develop a poster against Cyber Bullying & Teen education.
  3. Develop a poster and tools for person cyber security - tools, image guide etc.
  4. Work on the Cyber Security games - Security & Privacy cards, Dx0D
  5. Past Ideas from Students

Last Updated: 2023-03-21 03:08:48 +0000