The University of Central Arkansas is hosting the 2017 Analysis and Investigation through Cyber-Based Scenarios (AICS) Camp for high school students and teachers. The weeklong camp begins June 25.

The Department of Homeland Security through the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC) funds this camp.

Dr. Stephen Addison, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, serves as principal investigator for the grant.

AICS is a week-long residential program with a national intelligence focus in the context of cyber, consisting of discussion sessions using a scenario-based approach to security issues, hands-on computer science labs, a cryptographic component, film sessions and a final challenge, each of which integrates the history, ethical issues, applications and theory behind the development of analysis and synthesis of information in the context of threat assessment to critical systems.

The aim of AICS is for participating high school juniors to have a broader exposure to applications of liberal arts, mathematics and science, and thus to be more likely to choose careers in which a broad cyber background is required.

Moreover, teachers who participate will gain a deeper appreciation for the mathematics/science or liberal arts they teach, as well as how analysis is done in both technical and non-technical fields impacted by cybersecurity.

Based out of Bossier City, Louisiana, NICERC develops innovative cyber-based curricula for use by K-12 teachers across the country. The curricula developed by NICERC is free to any K-12 educator within the United States and comprises the Cyber Interstate–a robust library of cyber-based curricula that provides opportunities for students to become aware of cyber issues, engage in cyber education, and enter cyber career fields.