Program Overview

Students hacking in class
Students hacking in class

If you enjoy watching “Mr. Robot” or” CSI: Cyber” or you are intrigued by cybersecurity in current events, you’re the ideal student for this program. No one could escape the media attention given to the hacking of the Democratic party emails during the 2016 elections – and the story continues to unfold. It is clear that cybersecurity is now at the forefront of our daily lives and the need to secure our computers and systems is increasing exponentially.

As the old saying goes, you must “know they enemy.” In order to secure computer systems, you need to learn how hackers think and operate. In this program, students are put through a series of activities to learn how easy (or difficult) it is to hack a computer system, thus learning the skills that would allow them to join the growing community of ethical hackers whose mission is to secure computer and information systems.

Still undecided about taking this program? Rumor has it that there are currently as many as 200,000 cybersecurity jobs left vacant because there are not enough skilled workers to fill them, which is making cybersecurity one of the hottest career paths in the world.

  It was my first time traveling abroad and I really enjoyed every moment in Summer College. Thanks to the program, I was able to experience college life and I made friends from all over the world in one place. Just in two weeks my leadership and personality grew and the Cybersecurity program helped me a lot. I improved my skills and also I found my real interest in what I want to study in the future!  ~ Shahad A., Cybersecurity Summer College student, 2018

Program Objectives

  • Learn what are the challenges of cybersecurity
  • Understand ‘Ethical Hacking’
  • Develop a spirit of teamwork
  • Participate in a Hackathon and apply the theory and practical skills they have learned

Computer Studies Track

Interested in learning more about computers? Summer College students can choose an additional computer studies program in a consecutive session and receive 10% off both sessions. Choose two additional computer studies programs and receive 15% off all three sessions (Scholarship and Financial Aid will apply to each program attended). Or build your own track and explore even more of what Syracuse University has to offer!

Session I: June 27 – July 10: Digital Forensics, IT Girls

Session II: July 11 – July 24: Learn to Code, MakerSpace & 3D Printing, Mobile App Development

Session III: July 25 – August 7: Computer Animation and Game Design, Cybersecurity: Hackathon Challenge

 View all programs by session date to build your own track!

Learn more about Cybersecurity: Hackathon Challenge:

Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bio

Program Dates & Details

Session Dates

Session III: July 25 – August 7, 2020
Duration: 2 weeks


Credit: Noncredit
Grading System: Pass/Fail

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Costs:

  • Residential: $3,560
  • Commuter: $2,746

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Requirements

What to Pack

While it is not required, students are encouraged to bring their own laptops.

Student Expectations

Students are expected to complete all their daily tasks and to be resourceful when experiencing difficulties. In case they run into any problems they should seek quick resolution by reaching out to teaching assistants, the professor or other students.

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Students will have class Monday – Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Cybersecurity students during the Hackathon
Cybersecurity students during the Hackathon
  • 8:30 – 9:00 Introduction/Overview
  • 9:00 – 9:30 Lecture/Presentation of the Topic of the Day
  • 9:30 – 11:00 Learn the Basics
  • 11:00 – 11:15 Break
  • 11:15 – 12:30 Hands-on Lab
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30 – 3:00 Hands-on Lab
  • 3:00 – 3:15 Break
  • 3:15 – 4:30 Hack on My Own
  • After Class: Daily Wrap-up

Learn the Basics: Students participate in a series of instructional activities, exercises, and tutorials to provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform their work.

Hands-on Lab: Each Hands-on Lab is designed specifically to highlight the topic discussed and guides students through their exercises allowing them to leverage their understanding.

Hack on My Own: Students will have the opportunity to practice what they have learned on their own by working their way through a series of challenges.

Daily Wrap-up: Students are required to maintain a cybersecurity journal/diary during this time slot summarizing what they learned in their own words. They will be aided by templates and dialogues to ensure organization and completeness.

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Field Trips

The students will be participating in at least one field trip although more could be incorporated depending on availability. The Outdoor Ropes course operated by Department of Recreation Services (DRS) is selected as a challenge to promote teamwork and camaraderie which is critical to effectiveness of any cybersecurity organization.

End Event

The course will end with a mini hackathon in which students will have to maintain and defend their systems against a multitude of hackers determined to bring their system down! Parents are invited to this event, which will be on August 7.

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to leave on Friday, August 7 after 4:30pm upon the completion of the end event. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bio

Bahram Attaie – Assistant Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies

Bahram Attaie is an Assistant Professor of Practice at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) and has been teaching Information Technology at Syracuse University since 1995. More recently he has been specializing in cybersecurity and in 2015 he was the director of the Northeast Collegiate Cybersecurity Defense Competition (NECCDC) hosted by the iSchool. He was also coach of the Syracuse University team that won the 2018 National Cyber Anyalyst Challenge. Although he retired from full time teaching in December of 2017 he remains very active in cybersecurity and continues to teach part time as an adjunct professor.