COMPASS Cybersecurity Program

Cybersecurity Summer Immersion Program

Cybersecurity is one of the most rapidly expanding fields in the world today. The Air Force Association (AFA) CyberCamps program was created to continue to inspire students to pursue STEM related activities outside of the school year. This program emphasizes fun, hands-on learning of cybersecurity principles that are relevant and applicable to everyday life. Students will learn the importance of cyber safety and how to protect their personal devices and information from outside threats. Participants do not need to have any special skill set to participate in the standard program. Some very basic knowledge of computer hardware is helpful but not necessary. A basic English reading level is essential as many individual and group labs and activities are written directives and students must work alone and with small groups to accomplish tasks. The most important skill to possess is the passion to learn and a positive attitude!

COMPASS 2021 will be held June 20-25 and June 27-July 2, 2021. The program will be co-facilitated by Montreat College Cybersecurity Professors Greg Sayadian and Thomas Hill (alumnus).

What You’ll Experience

On the first day of camp, students will take a placement test to determine if they should participate in our standard or advanced curriculum.

Topics – Standard

  • Cybersecurity Career Opportunities
  • Cyber Ethics
  • How Computers Work
  • Auditing and Monitoring
  • Windows File Protection
  • Ubuntu 16 and Linux

Topics – Advanced

  • Cybersecurity Career Opportunities
  • Cyber Ethics
  • Auditing and Monitoring
  • Windows 10 Graphical Utilities and Command Line
  • Ubuntu 16 Advanced Command Line
  • Cisco Networking

Hands-On Experience

  • Basic Command Line Security
  • Ubuntu 16 Demonstrations
  • Mini-CyberPatriot Competition

A Day in the Life

  • 7:30-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 8:45-10:15 a.m.: Session 1 – Cybersecurity Career Opportunities and Cyber Ethics
  • 10:15-10:30 a.m.: Break
  • 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Session 2 – How Computers Work
  • 12-1 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:15-2:45 p.m.: Session 3 – Cybersecurity Principles, Virtual Machines
  • 2:45-3 p.m.: Break
  • 3-4:30 p.m.: Session 4 – Windows File Protection
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Free Time
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner
  • 10 p.m.: Lights Out
  • 7:30-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 8:45-10:15 a.m.: Session 1 – Cybersecurity Career Opportunities and Cyber Ethics
  • 10:15-10:30 a.m.: Break
  • 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.: Session 2 – How Computers Work
  • 12-1 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:15-2:45 p.m.: Session 3 – Cybersecurity Principles, Virtual Machines
  • 2:45-3 p.m.: Break
  • 3-4:30 p.m.: Session 4 – Windows File Protection
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.: Free Time
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Dinner
  • 6:30-10 p.m.: Evening Activity – Capture the Flag
  • 10 p.m.: Lights Out
 

Where You’ll Be

Montreat College is part of the Asheville area’s vibrant cultural life. Explore the countless outdoor activities that make Western NC an international destination for adventure seekers.

Where You'll Stay

COMPASS attendees will stay in newly-renovated Anderson Residence Hall. Rooms include two twin beds, two dressers, two desks, two chairs, two closets, one or two bookcases, and a private restroom.

Where You'll Eat

COMPASS attendees will dine in Howerton Dining Hall, which features multiple dining options to accommodate individuals with dietary preferences and allergies.

FAQs for Students and Parents

Register for COMPASS

COMPASS 2020 will be held the week of June 21, 2020.