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Community Outreach Events

The Cybersecurity Complex at Norfolk State University sponsors numerous community outreach events to inform the community of ways to stay safe in the current climate. Outreach at the Cybersecurity Complex also serves to foster increased interest in the cybersecurity field in high school students.

Community Involvement

The Cybersecurity Complex has hosted several events for the community including workshops, summer camps and internships. Hosted by the Center of Excellence and facilitated by the staff, these events have had long lasting impact on the hundreds of students who have attended the various functions since its inception the first workshop in 2010:

City of Hampton High School Visit -  
Students enjoyed an introduction to SWIFT programming hands-on exercise using Sparrow robots. They also participated in a second hands-on session: "Introudction to Cybersecurity with stenography § cryptography".

11/01/2021 -  Three NSU students won the SANS+HBCU Cyber Range Fall Classic Cyberwars competition -
Aniya Brown, Jaemond Reyes and Amon Thomas undergraduate students with Norfolk State University’s Computer Science Department, participated in the SANS HBCU Net Wars cybersecurity competition on Tuesday, October 26 and Wednesday, October 27. The three students won the competition against 5 other teams, most of whom had 5 team members. The other schools were UVI, Benedict College, NC A&T, Hampton University and Bowie State. The winning prize was a trophy, a SANS coin and a $200 Amazon gift card for each student. They have also been invited to compete in the Tournament of Champions to be held in Washington DC in December.

Massie Emerging Young Leaders Community Summit – In partnership with local chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, 200 middle school students learned about cybersecurity, cryptography, steganography, cyber bullying and cyber etiquette, robotics, game design using Scratch and the Kodu game engine.

Cybersecurity Summer Academy – High school and middle school students learn the basics of computer forensics, cybersecurity and solve a case using forensic techniques learned during camp.

Cybersecurity club at Norcom High School in Portsmouth, VA -  mentored the faculty and students of I. C. Norcom High School to establish a Cybersecurity club in 2013.  The high school has hired a permanent Cybersecurity faculty member, introduced Cybersecurity into their curriculum and the club is very popular among student selections

Portsmouth Public School Coders - annually host Cybersecurity summer academy day visits for 60 students from the Portsmouth City Coders summer camp since 2015. Students are given tours and introduced to the fundamentals of Cybersecurity.

GenCyber Cybersecurity Camp in 2016 - hosted a two-week GenCyber Cybersecurity summer academy for 25 high and middle school students from the Hampton Roads area during summer 2016. These students were introduced to Cybersecurity and digital forensics on the NSU campus. The camp was jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) GenCyber grant and facilitated by Computer Science faculty and graduate students.

Va CyberCamp Program - assisted the City of Portsmouth in hosting a three week Cybersecurity summer academy for 25 high school students from the Portsmouth Public Schools district. These students were introduced to Cybersecurity and digital forensics as well as mathematics, physics, programming and robotics. The camp was sponsored by the state of Virginia through the Virginia Cybercamp grant program.

Charles City Introduction to Cybersecurity