Cybersecurity Bootcamp (Middle School)


Mies Campus


Rising sixth through eight graders (ages 11–14)

Program Overview

This bootcamp provides a more in-depth look at cybersecurity and is targeted at students with prior knowledge of basic cybersecurity concepts. Like the Introduction to Offensive Hacking and Introduction to Defensive Hacking programs, students will practice hands-on offensive and defensive hacking techniques while in a lab environment.

Topics covered will include: 

  • The concept of “red teams,” “blue teams,” and “purple teams”
  • Setup of a virtualization environment for penetration and threat assessment testing
  • An overview of attack vectors, including brute force, denial of service, scans, backdoor attacks, and more
  • Concepts and methods for mitigation of risk, including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, system hardening, and intrusion prevention systems
  • The setup of Kali Linux, along with various tools such as Nmap, Aircrack-ng, Wireshark, Metasploit Framework, Burp suite, John the Ripper, Social Engineering Toolkit, and Maltego among others
  • Using scanning tools such as Nmap, Wireshark, Dig, NSlookup, and others to understand the security posture of the network

Program Faculty

Maurice Dawson is an assistant professor of information technology and management within the College of Computing at Illinois Institute of Technology. Additionally, he serves as director of the Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education and is responsible for working with the faculty who are members of the center. Before joining academia, Dawson was an engineering manager for unmanned air systems and a senior program manager for rotary wing aircraft. He has a doctor of computer science from Colorado Technical University and a doctor of philosophy in cybersecurity from the Intelligent Systems Research Centre at London Metropolitan University. 


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