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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.


Its In Progress! The Cyber Explorers NCAT Program

Session #1 Completed

Next Up Session #2


Program details

SessionDescriptionNotes
1 - Jun 21, 2022

Introductions and Warm-up to Cyber Security [Attack/Movie]

  1. Students should complete Hobbies, Computer background and Discord setup at Class-1-sheet
2 - Jun 22, 2022

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

  1. Presentation is here
  2. Quiz to complete is here
3 - Jun 23, 2022

Introduction to Computers (decimal and hexadecimal number systems)

Same presentation and Quiz as session #2.

4 - Jun 24, 2022

Overview of Logical Operators & Introduction to Cyber Security through Games

  1. We covered XOR and Logical Operations, Public Key Cryptography
  2. Student are encouraged to try the crossword puzzle game
  3. Read on Securtiy board games - Security Cards, Dx03D, Cards Against Security, Stratego, Control-Alt-Hack, Cyber Thread Defenders and Hacker.
5 - Jun 27, 2022

Fraud & Phishing

  1. Presentation
  2. Quiz For review, here is recorded session
    Homework
  3. Complete the Quiz
6 - June 28, 2022

Open Source Intelligence (Shodan, Google Dorking, etc.)

  1. Presentation
    Homework
  2. Post 1-5 Shodan Queries in #osint-queries channel
7 - June 29, 2022

Open Source Intelligence (Shodan, Google Dorking, etc.) - contd..

  1. Presentation
    Homework
  2. Post 1-5 Google Hacking queries in the #osint-queries channel
8 - June 30, 2022

Ethics & Introduction to Shell - with a game (ls, cat, grep, pipe, nmap, …)

  1. Ethics - Presentation
  2. OverTheWire Bandit Challenge
  3. Final Project Explanation [Ideas]
    Break Homework
  4. 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.
  5. Write two paragraphs on a Cyber Security Incident, What was intriguing to you about it? Post on security-incidents
9 - July 5, 2022

Projects and Security Incident Discussion

  1. Discussion of final project proposals and security-incidents
    Homework
  2. Post a refined version of your proposal with my feedback from today - Why, How?
  3. Include 2-3 links or resources which you will research for the project.
10 - July 6, 2022

Ethics (contd..)

  1. Ethics - Presentation
    Homework
11 - July 7, 2022

Computer Networking

  1. How does the internet work?
  2. Cyber Threats Demonstrated On Networks (WEP Attack & Wireshark)
  3. Session #6 Network Security Quiz Homework
  4. Session #5 Optional Challenge - Challenge Directory ZIP
12 - July 8, 2022

Careers In CyberSecurity - July 8, 2022

  1. Cyber Seek
  2. Classwork
    1. What career path would interest you in Cyber Security? Post in #career-paths channel.
    2. Work on presentation in Google Slides and post link to #projects channel
    3. Bonus Describe how internet works and post your favorite video link in #general channel
  3. Announcements
    1. 5-Minute Presentations next week on July 13th and 14th
13 - July 11, 2022

Introduction to Physical Security

  1. Project Background Research & Preparing for presentations
  2. TestOut Physical Security Videos
  3. Announcements
    1. Use ncatbot to submit project presentations command is !add_project [“title”] [“url”]
    2. We will have certificates and prizes for course completion and presentations.
14 - July 12, 2022

Introduction to Forensics & Security Engineering

  1. Project Milestone - Presentation Order
  2. Forensics exercise with disk data analysis - Follow along
  3. Data Science for CyberSecurity-
    1. Access logs, OS logs, Application logs, Service logs, syslogs
    2. Introduction to Intrusion Detection
  4. Announcements
15 - July 13, 2022

Project Demonstration & Cyber Security Topic Presentations,Team Presentations

  1. Project work Presentations Part 1
16 - July 14, 2022

Project Demonstration & Cyber Security Topic Presentations,Team Presentations

  1. Project work Presentations Part 2
  2. Announcements & Links - What’s next?
    1. Read a Cyber Security book - This is how they tell me the world will end
    2. Listen to Cyber Security Podcasts - Darknet Diaries, Stormcast
    3. Participate in Security competitions - NCL, Cyber Patriots,Try HackMe, Hack The Box
    4. Get a Security Certification - EC-Council, Security+, OSCP
    5. 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: 2022-07-14 20:08:33 +0000