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Summer Pre-College: Cybersecurity

Earn college credits this summer and take the first steps towards becoming an ethical hacker.

Summer Pre-College: Cybersecurity

Session 1 (Poughkeepsie, NY Campus, residential): The 2020 Session 1 programs will run June 28th - July 11th.

Session 2 (New York City Campus, commuter): The 2020 Session 2 NYC program will run July 13th - July 24th.

Have you ever wondered how computer hackers go about accessing your bank records and medical files, stealing your identity, and holding your data for ransom?  Or what you can do to protect yourself and others from cyber attacks which seem to grow more frequent and more complex all the time?  At the Marist cybersecurity program, you’ll take the first steps towards becoming an ethical hacker, by learning some of the tools and techniques used in this field.  You don’t need to have any programming experience; we’ll teach you everything you need to create secure code and test for vulnerabilities in information technology systems.  Using the same tools as security professionals, you’ll learn about viruses, worms, and other types of malware, passwords, encryption, phishing, cyber-warfare, and wireless network security.  You’ll have a chance to safely practice your skills on a fake “online banking” system and other environments in our cloud computing lab, and work with real-world data in our state-of-the-art Security Operations Center.  We’ll illustrate best practices with recent examples of real-life cyber attacks, and discuss how they should have been prevented.



Welcome to Marist's Summer Pre-College in Cybersecurity Program

Marist College is a highly selective comprehensive liberal arts institution noted for its leadership in technology in and out of the classroom. When prospective students see Marist–our beautiful location on the Hudson River, top-notch facilities, the faculty attentiveness, and the sheer enjoyment of their experience here–they want to join our community. At Marist, students get a premium education, develop skills, make lifelong friends, and finish ahead of the competition for their next steps.

Cybersecurity Program Goals:

  • Understanding risk assessments, access privileges, kill chains, and other basic concepts
  • Analyze email, web, and cloud security attacks and defense
  • Gain hands-on experience with tools like WireShark, AppScan, and more
  • Practice basic secure programming principles
  • Learn about mobile and wireless security considerations
  • Understand what makes a strong password system
  • Experience cryptography, hashing, and steganography through hands-on labs

Earn College Credit Over the Summer

Marist Summer Pre-College is geared toward sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school. Upon successful completion of the Summer pre-college cybersecurity program, each student will earn three (3) transferable college credits in computer science and information technology.  

Please see below for the 2020 Pre-College program costs. Cost includes tuition & fees, housing & all meals, field trips, and all course materials. Cost does not include travel expenses. Students may wish to bring funds for incidentals, shopping at the Marist Bookstore or the local mall, souvenirs, and any personal items they wish to purchase. New York City cost includes tuition & fees, lunch, field trips, all course materials and one overnight stay on the Marist Poughkeepsie campus.