S.T.E.M. Programs


Protect and defend critical networks and systems at the NSLC on Cybersecurity.
  • Level: High School
  • Grades: Enrolled in 9-12
  • Length: 9 days
Are you concerned about information security and cyberterrorism? Do you want to protect the nation from dangerous cyberattacks against our networks, data systems and critical infrastructure? At the NSLC on Cybersecurity learn how experts in the field monitor, mitigate, and prevent online threats. You will explore the world of cybersecurity from the perspectives of government, business, and individual consumers.

Program Highlights

Cybersecurity Highlights

Meet the Experts
Meet with and learn from security experts, government officials, and executives leading the way in cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Simulation
Tackle the challenges faced by organizations every day in this true-to-life security simulation, where you and your team will root out cyber threats and defend against a targeted attack.

Interactive Classes and Workshops
Learn the basics of cybersecurity during workshops on Information Systems, Cyber Defense, Data Communications & Networking, Cryptography, Digital Forensics, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Dates & Locations

Hands-On Simulations

While at the NSLC you will participate in hands-on workshops and simulations designed to prepare you for a career in cybersecurity and learn to harness new technologies to confront tomorrow’s security challenges.

As part of a digital forensics team, you will face challenges in cyber defense as you protect your organization from attack and develop a comprehensive security plan.

Meet Cybersecurity Professionals

While at the NSLC’s high school summer cybersecurity program, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the fields of cybersecurity.
Examples of past guest speakers include:

Secretary Jeh Johnson
Security of Homeland Security, Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Hart Rossman
Director of Global Security, Amazon Web Services

Lt. General Vincent Stewart
Director, Defense Intelligence Agency

Lt. General Timothy Kadavy
Director, Army National Guard

Mr. Brett Holmgren
Vice President of Cyber Risk Management, Capital One

Mr. Dennis Bartko
Director Capabilities Development Group CIO, U.S. Cyber Command

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC high school cybersecurity program is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of cybersecurity.
These trips may include:

American University

  • National Defense University, College of Information and Cyberspace, Fort McNair
  • Department of Homeland Security, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC)
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • NSA Cryptologic Museum
  • Capitol Hill & Smithsonian Museums
  • Historic D.C. Monuments at Night

Leadership Training

At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.
Leadership topics tailored to the Cybersecurity program include:


Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. 

Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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