NxtGen IT and Cybersecurity

Introduction to Hardware, Software, Networking, and Virtualization

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NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances surrounding COVID-19, all in-person programs have been canceled. We will resume our on-campus Pre-College daytime programs in the summer of 2021.

View our 2020 Pre-College Online Summer Programs

Workshop Objectives

Students will learn the basics of system security, including:

  • Desktop/server hardware
  • Operating systems (Windows and Linux)
  • Networking (local area networks and wireless)
  • Virtualization using VirtualBox

Who Should Attend

This NxtGen IT and Cybersecurity course is open to any high school sophomore, junior, or senior, as well as those technically advanced incoming freshmen who receive Illinois Tech staff approval. No prerequisite knowledge is required; however, it is recommended that students have some technical knowledge. Students practice hands-on, basic skills and continue into advanced techniques while building small, project-based websites and web applications.


Vasilios (Billy) Pappademetriou is an adjunct instructor in the Department of Information Technology and Management at Illinois Tech and an adjunct faculty member at College of DuPage. He is also the faculty adviser of the HAM Radio Club and Research Lab group at Illinois Tech, and has a federal license at amateur radio.