Training Tomorrow’s Cybersecurity Experts is Top Priority

Developing a strong workforce of skilled cybersecurity professionals is a top priority for the Oregon Cybersecurity Advisory Council (OCAC) to help protect the digital lives of all Oregonians.

NW Cyber Camp, a hands-on immersive cybersecurity summer camp co-founded four years ago by OCAC Vice Chair Charlie Kawasaki, is a great program focused on training tomorrow’s cybersecurity experts. During the camp, high school students throughout Oregon will be introduced to cybersecurity and encourage to pursue one of today’s fastest growing careers given the significant increase in cyber attacks and data breaches across the country.  

Currently, Oregon has 2,911 cybersecurity job openings, according to CyberSeek.  “Given the extreme need for more cybersecurity professionals in the workforce, it’s imperative that we start training the next generation of cybersecurity experts by providing the kind of hands-on, immersive learning experiences that will get students excited about technology,” said Steve Parker, president of EnergySec, the new organizer of the camp.

NW Cyber Camp 2019, to be held July 15 through July 19, will provide valuable cybersecurity training to students and teach them how to defend computer systems and networks from cyber attacks, breaches, and malware. A new Advanced Cybersecurity Camp will be held July 22 through July 26 for students who want to continue their cybersecurity training after attending NW Cyber Camp. For more information about the camps and to apply, please visit:

NW Cyber Camp 2019 Details

  • Co-Ed, Center for Advanced Learning, 1484 NW Civic Drive., Gresham, OR 97030
  • Co-Ed, Mentor Graphics, 8005 Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070
  • Co-Ed, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97330
  • Girls Camp, Oregon State University – Portland location, 621 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
  • Advanced Camp, Co-Ed, Center for Advanced Learning, 1484 NW Civic Drive., Gresham, OR 97030

NW Cyber Camp and its supporters, including title sponsor PacStar, are making an impact on our youth. NW Cyber Camp, will feature leading industry professionals and cybersecurity educators who will share cybersecurity techniques to help students gain confidence, learn valuable skills, and prepare them for a future career in technology. Industry experts from Aruba, Facebook, Galois, Iovation, McAfee,  PacStar, PKI Solutions, Splunk, and other companies will be speaking at the camp. The girls-only camp session will feature women instructors and guest speakers. Register now at

$21,250 in Scholarships Offered to Students for Public Key Infrastructure Training

PKI Solutions Inc., a sponsor of NW Cyber Camp again this year, will award five scholarships for an online in-depth Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) training course (each course valued at $4,250), to students selected from this year’s NW Cyber Camp. The scholarships will pay for motivated students to attend an intensive Microsoft PKI online training course, provided by Mark B. Cooper, known as “The PKI Guy,” a leading expert in this field. The course has a strong emphasis on security, best practices, and hands-on skills labs. “These awards will allow motivated students to learn more about PKI and the best ways to make computer systems more secure,” said Mark B. Cooper, president and founder of PKI Solutions. “It’s an exciting time for these student as they are on the cusp of determining their possible future careers. Cybersecurity is one of the hottest and most in-demand career paths right now.”

NW Cyber Camp 2019 is made possible by several leading companies including Title Sponsor PacStar. Platinum Plus Sponsors include Aruba, Facebook, HPE, and McAfee. Platinum Sponsors include FireEye, Galois, IBM, Iovation, ISACA, Mentor Graphics, PKI Solutions, and Umpqua Bank. Gold Sponsors are Fidelis Cybersecurity, and Splunk. In-kind sponsors include EnergySec, HP, Oregon State University, and the Technology Association of Oregon.