Cyber Fire School

The "Cyber Toaster"

The 2018 School is finished accepting applications. Check back in November/December for updates about the 2019 School!

The Cyber Security School is a paid 10-week summer internship program to prepare students for careers in cyber security. The school has two tracks: incident response where students will learn the necessary concepts and skills for responding effectively to cyber security incidents, and cyber research where students will apply their skills to develop innovative solutions to help address national cyber threats. In addition to classroom training and lectures, students will spend most of their time working with a mentor on a small team project either in cyber research or in investigating a historical DOE cyber incident.

The goal of the Cyber Toaster is to provide participants with the equivalent skills and experience one would obtain working a full month on a professional Incident Response team dealing with an Advanced Persistent Threat intrusion.

In this school, we train students on our core pillars, then task them with analyzing real data from an historical incident. At the conclusion of the program, students present their findings to senior management in standard incident reporting format.

In our first year, all participants reported gaining a significant amount of experience during the program. Almost 90% of participants reported receiving more advantageous training than their peers.

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2017 Cyber Toaster Students

Courses

Coursework follow's Cyber Fire's core pillars, with week-long courses in:

  • Network Archaeology
  • Host Forensics
  • Malware Analysis
  • Incident Coordination
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Final Project

In addition to classroom training and lectures, students will spend most of their time working with a mentor on a small team project.

At the end of the summer, students present their findings at the LANL Student Symposium, and in a mock incident briefing to senior management.

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Schedule

Weeks 1-3

Morning lectures on core fundamentals of cyber security

Afternoon projects to reinforce concepts learned in class

Weeks 4-9

Break into small teams and work on a selected project

Occasional morning lectures on advanced topics

Week 10

Symposium presentation

Cyber Spark exercise

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