The NYU Tandon School of Engineering is now accepting applications for the Computer Science for Cyber Security (CS4CS) summer program, a free, three-week intensive introduction to computer science and cybersecurity for high school girls.
A new major sponsorship by The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC), the premier post-trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry, will enable 48 students to attend classes on the Downtown Brooklyn campus of NYU Tandon, tackling topics including digital forensics, steganography, “white-hat” hacking, and cryptography.
CS4CS aims to help young women gain STEM skills and confidence, and to build the pipeline of young women entering cybersecurity— a high-paying field growing at ten times the rate of the overall job market, and one in which women are dramatically underrepresented. The United States and many other countries have a shortage of cybersecurity professionals, a situation that has been recognized as a major threat to national security.
DTCC, this year’s CS4CS sponsor, has supported STEM education efforts at NYU Tandon for several years, and the firm’s cyber experts have served as guest lecturers during past CS4CS programs.
CS4CS is one component of STEMNow, a lineup of more than a dozen summer workshops and classes designed to engage New York City middle and high school students — and their teachers — in hands-on STEM learning. Founded in 2013, STEMNow has reached thousands of students and hundreds of teachers, many of whom hail from underserved communities with little local access to STEM programs and facilities. Women, who represent just 25 percent of the STEM workforce, comprise almost 60 percent of STEMNow participants.
CS4CS applicants should be rising 9th-12th grade girls living within commuting distance of NYU Tandon. No cybersecurity or computer science experience is necessary. Applications are due April 9, 2018.