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Institute for Pervasive Cybersecurity

Events, Competitions, and Workshops

Upcoming Events

See here for an ongoing list of the most current events, competitions, and workshops the Institute has available or are supporting.

Free One-Day Idaho Education Conference

Idaho Cybersecurity Day

Date: October 13, 2022
Location: The Riverside Hotel
Registration: Register HERE for free to join beginners to professionals in this conference in cybersecurity. Registration is required as lunch is provided as well as needing seat count.

Note – This is a multi-day conference, only the 13th day is free for everyone, if you would like to attend the other 2 days, it will cost 75 dollars per person.

Read More About This Event Here

Workshop for High School Teachers to Learn and Teach Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Workshop

Registration Deadline:Friday, May 31, 2022
Date: June 9th and June 10th 9am – 5pm
Participant Cost: $50
Professional Education Cost: $60 paid by the Concurrent Enrollment Program.
Register: Contact Michelle Steffens, M.Ed Online Program Manager – CORe (208)426-1896
Location: Boise State University campus.

Parking will be provided.

Lunch will be provided

Join us for a two-day PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT opportunity for high school instructors in any discipline who are interested in Cybersecurity. The workshop will examine the basic concept of a system and how it relates to security principles and practices and will examine the threats to computers, devices, and information systems that seek to access, modify, damage, delete, or withhold personal and sensitive information. It will also provide an understanding of the security defenses an individual and organization can take to mitigate the various threats to computers, devices and information systems. The lesson plans can be offered as a concurrent enrollment course (CPS 100) to support high school students.

TOPICS will include:
• The Internet and Systems Thinking
• Introduction to Information Security
• Personal, Computer, Internet, and Mobile Security
• Cybersecurity Management

Sin Ming Loo, PhD, is the Director of Cyber Operations and Resilience
Program and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boise State
University. He holds a joint-appointment with Idaho National Laboratory.

Eleanor Taylor is the Cybercore Program Manager for Workforce Development
and University Partnerships within the National and Homeland Security
(N&HS) directorate at Idaho National Laboratory (INL). She is responsible
for accelerating and expanding interdisciplinary talent pipeline efforts
to address critical control systems challenges across the nation.

Jana Richens is the Workforce Development Coordinator for Cybercore
Integration Center within the N&HS directorate at INL. She is responsible
for supporting workforce development efforts including intern program
support, STEM outreach and events, and university engagements.

Asynchronous Online Course: A Training for Professionals and Educators

Cyber Informed Engineering Training

Mode of Instruction: A seven-week, asynchronous online course with a virtual kick-off meeting and weekly office hours.
Virtual Kick-Off Meeting:
June 24, 2022. 9:00-10:00am
Participate through professional development or through non-degree seeking pathway by earning 1-credit hour of graduate course work for the Cyber Operations and Resilience (CORe) MS degree.
For Idaho educators, this training is available at no cost. Seats are limited for both options. Please contact Sin Ming Loo at
Professional Development (Enroll by June 24, 2022):
browse/allcourses/extended studies/course/su22-core-514-cyber-informed-engineering
Earning Graduate Credit as Non-Degree Seeking (Start the application by June 20, 2022):

Join us on a 7-week journey to learn more about cyber informed engineering
(CIE). In this training/course, you will be introduced to the secure design
principles and CIE framework. Today’s engineers must now plan how to
design out cyber risk from the beginning and throughout the entire lifecycle
of a system. CIE helps learners understand and mitigate the inherent risks
of digital technology by introducing a mindset to encourage participants
to identify the most important information and operations within a system
along with the appropriate detection and defense to ensure resilience and
integrity of critical infrastructure systems. It is also for educators looking to incorporate cybersecurity into their curriculum.
• Introduction to Secure Systems Design
• Security Architecture – Developing a Security Culture
• Active Defense: Establish the Context
• Supply Chain Considerations
• Adversarial Thinking – Making Compromise Difficult
• Resilience and Self-Healing: Making Disruption Difficult
• Make Compromise Detection Easier and Reduce the Impact of Compromise

Instructor: Sin Ming Loo, PhD, is the Director of the Cyber Operations and Resilience Program and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boise State University. He holds a joint-appointment with Idaho National Laboratory.

Security Awareness for General Education Teachers

NSA Gencyber Teacher Camp 2022

The GenCyber Teacher Camp at Boise State University allows participants to understand security procedures, practices, and threats regardless of their knowledge level in IT/CS. The goal of this non-residential program is to help participants understand the dangers that come with using Internet, social media, and smart devices and increase their knowledge of system vulnerabilities, threats, attacks, and protections.

Information Sessions:

We have hosted three information sessions (5-6 PM on March 14th, March 30th and April 20th) via zoom. The information session gave an overview of the camps.

Summer Camps:

When & Where

Two camps will be offered in the Boise State Computer Science Department in downtown Boise (777 West Main St. Boise, ID 83702). Breakfast and lunch is provided each day.

  • 1st camp: July 11, 2022 – July 15, 2022, 8:30am-4:30pm
  • 2nd camp: July 18, 2022 – July 22, 2022, 8:30am-4:30pm


The GenCyber program at Boise State University is designed for secondary education teachers in Southwest Idaho and the Boise area to:

  • Create local cyber security awareness
  • Build a community of practice to promote cyber security for everyone
  • Design, develop, implement, and evaluate lesson plans for teachers in the area of security and privacy
  • Provide cyber security resources and make them accessible to the community

Program Goals

  • Maintain/expand the secondary teacher community for cybersecurity education we have built in 2017, 2019 and 2021.
  • Promote cybersecurity education to as many students as possible by delivering cybersecurity lessons in all subject areas in secondary schools.
  • Provide cybersecurity teaching/learning resources and follow-up opportunities to support teacher participants throughout the school year.


Topics include password protection, phishing, cryptography, virus, Trojans, wireless and network security, and Sphero BOLT robots are taught in class, from which participants are exposed to all ten cybersecurity first principles.

Class Form

Team-Based Learning (TBL), an Evidence-Based Instructional Practice, will be used to create an engaged community of learners.


All hands-on activities are unplugged and only simple mathematical preliminary knowledge is needed, thus appropriate to all teachers with different backgrounds. In addition, pre-camp materials are shared, allowing participants to gain some preliminary knowledge.

Stipend and Credits

Teachers selected to participate in these workshops receive a $750 stipend:

  • $500 (summer camp) + $50 (parking support)
  • $100 (post-camp activity 1 in Fall 2022)
  • $100 (post-camp activity 2 in Spring 2023)

In addition, two professional education credits are offered and participants take home a Sphero BOLT.

Find out More and Where To Apply Here

Educational Week for High School Students

Cyber Summer Camp

Age Groups: 7th – 12th Grade Students
July 18-22, 2022
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Boise State University’s College of Engineering
Cost: $150 (Scholarships Available)
Registration: Taking Students on Past Original Deadlines, Apply Here

The Cyber Operations and Resilience Program or CORe for short is hosting the Cyber Summer Camp for junior high and high school students (7th-12th grade) to provide students with a hands-on experience to the world of information technology and cybersecurity. Students will learn the basics of information technology and security, as well as cybersecurity basics.

You will have the opportunity to:

• Learn what’s in a computer

• Install an operating system

• Build a network

• Learn what a cyber blue team does

Find out more information about Cyber Summer Camp