Ethical Hacking for Teens

Robert Morris U. is working with Northwestern U. to bring an Ethical Hacking session for high school students to the Escape conference this coming May. This is a pretty cool workshop that they have run in the past, and this year they are setting it up specially for CPS students.
Please complete this interest form so that the organizers can get in touch. Based on interest, they will decide whether to create one or two sessions. There is a limited amount of space in the sessions, and registration will open closer to the date (May 6, 2017).
More info:
The Escape conference is an annual meeting in the area of data science and sports analytics. The Ethical Hacking session covers how the “bad guys and gals” create viruses, use wrappers, crack passwords, and exploit vulnerabilities in network devices (computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones) and information networks.  This course will help participants understand how to protect themselves and others against malicious users on the Internet while exploring the world of information technology.
You can read more about the conference and last year’s Ethical Hacking session here.


Scholarship: The Search for Hidden Figures

If you’re a female with talent in STEM who hasn’t yet been recognized for her great work or potential, this is your chance: Tell us how you’ll use STEM to change the world, and you could win $50,000 in scholarship money, plus exciting opportunities that will help you pursue the work you love. We have two opportunities—junior and professional—so choose the age group that’s right for you and apply by Dec. 10!

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

“October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. We live in a world that is more connected than ever before. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.”

UIC is focusing on increasing users’ awareness and understanding of Phishing scams this year, with a weekly page highlighting important information.   Take a look:

UIC CS Open House Monday 10/10

From the UIC CS site:

The best way to find out more about us is to attend one of our open house gatherings to see our department and meet some of our faculty and staff. These gatherings are targeted towards prospective students who are currently either high school juniors or seniors or are considering transferring from a community college. Parents and friends are also welcome.

Open House gatherings will be held on the dates shown below, many of which are days when Chicago Public Schools and some suburban districts do not have school: