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Online ISECOM Hacker High School Summer Program

Introduction to Cybersecurity

This 2-week program provides a deep, 360-degree understanding of how computer and digital information works and its connection to the field of cybersecurity. It will prepare you to take the official Certified Hacker Analyst certification exam, sponsored by the Institute for Security and Open Methodologies.

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So much of our lives are online, from shopping to keeping up with friends even applying for college—and cyber criminals know it. Our cybersecurity bootcamp is a chance for high school students to learn how to stay one step ahead of criminals and but also get ahead within the fast-growing growing high potential industry of cybersecurity.

This 2- week online course, developed in partnership with the Institute for Security and Open Methodologies (ISECOM) and taught by Quinnipiac’s own Information Security professionals, teaches the high school students cybersecurity fundamentals and skills to not only keep their identity and personal devices safe from attackers, but understand what “hacking”—the ability to figure out computer systems—is all about.

Specific topics covered will are internet infrastructure, malware, attack analysis, digital forensics, email safety, and web security and privacy. This knowledge isn’t only essential, but incredibly valuable to employers in almost every field all over the world.

By the end of this course, you’ll walk away with:
  • A deep, 360-degree understanding of how computer and digital information works and its connection to the field of cybersecurity
  • The chance to take the official certification exam for Certified Hacker Analyst, sponsored by the Institute for Security and Open Methodologies
  • A certificate of completion with a QU instructor written review and assessment
  • 1-month access to Quinnipiac’s own Cybersecurity Badge & Course Certifications

Course Costs:

The 2021 program tuition fee of $1,200 covers:
  • 2 full weeks of well-designed and professionally facilitated cybersecurity programming, with teaching assistant staff available throughout
  • Daily meetings, multimedia learning and fun team and independent project challenges
  • Quinnipiac T-shirt

Hands-on Experience


Choose from 1 of 2 different program session dates below:

  • Session 1: June 21 – July 2, 2021
  • Session 2: July 12 – July 23, 2021

Typical Daily Schedule:

Time Activity Detail
9 a.m. Morning program meeting and check-in This meeting provides a chance to review the day ahead as well as check in with everyone before the program begins.
10 a.m. Daily live online class via Zoom with team breakout sessions Faculty will discuss and review the key topic for the day, often already presented to students the night before via the online self-paced class and multimedia.
Noon Online social lunch break Get to know your classmates, or those from other online programs, while playing fun online games.
1 p.m. Independent and team challenge time This is a chance to put your hacker skills to the test in both independent and group challenges.
3 p.m. Live class challenge review A chance to review the results, build on your learning and prepare for the next day.
4 p.m. Scheduled office hours for assistance from instructor and teaching assistants over Zoom Your time to work independently or jump on zoom to get help with any tough concepts or areas where you want to really push ahead.
After Hours Independent learning online Flexible to each student’s schedule and goals within the program, the program includes the option to watch, read and discuss different aspects of that day’s lesson online at a time that works best for you. Students who do well in the program have a chance to take and pass industry credentials both through ISECOM & Quinnipiac.

Participation Requirements

  • Participants must be a current high school student
Technology Requirements
  • Windows 10; Mac running 10.14 or higher; or Linux OS (Debian-based linux like Ubuntu, Mint, Cent OS). No ChromeBooks allowed as these lack too many of the CLI tools needed for class.
  • Must have a working camera for all online instruction sessions
Due dates to register and pay:

Deadline to apply: Friday June 4, 2021 5pm Eastern

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  • Space is limited per session to 20 students and enrollment is based on a first payment basis.

Payment deadline: Friday June 4, 2021 at 5 pm Eastern


A list of equipment or materials needed to participate:

  • Students will need reliable access to a computer and Wi-Fi.


This program is provided in a licensed partnership with Institute for Security and Open Methodologies, a leader in the field of security with regards to resources, research and certifications. isecom.org

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:
David Charron, MBA
Director of Summer Programs & Planning
Email: summerprograms@qu.edu