Cyber Security

Summer Springboard Cyber Security program for teens (Maximum Capacity 30 Students)

Program Highlights

Students will discover cybersecurity basics, key terms and environment set up
Learn Encryption, Hashing, and Encoding Fundamentals
Understand common security failures
Students will participate in group challenge using Open Source Intelligence “OSINT” as well as participate in a live hacking challenge
Explore career possibilities, such as security analyst, ethical hacker, digital forensic investigator, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
Note: Coding experience helpful but not required

Residential Tuition:

Commuter Tuition:

*+$250 Tuition Supplement


Session 2:
June 30, 2024 July 12, 2024


Cambridge, MA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA


  • "I loved being able to interact with people at MIT and having the opportunity to learn advanced material and tour labs!"

    Marlene L.

  • "(The instructors) were both very engaging and made efforts to get to everyone and answer their questions during each activity." Lauren S.

Course Overview

Cybersecurity is an increasingly growing field which plays a vital role around the world. Cybersecurity needs the brightest minds to attack some of the biggest global challenges and corporations are hiring cybersecurity professionals at a rapid clip. The Summer Springboard Pre-College Program in Cybersecurity will introduce students to the foundational concepts, commonly used tools, key technical skills, and potential career pathways that the cybersecurity industry has to offer. Students will leave the program armed with technical skills and creative thinking that can be applied across university courses and professional industries.

Dorm Accommodations: Students in this program will reside at the Simmons University dorms

Excursions: Students will visit MIT’s Information Security and Technology facilities and data centers, talk to the students about how they protect MIT students and faculty from cyber threats, etc.

Meet your instructor


Bobby Rauch

Bobby is a Boston-based offensive security engineer and red teamer at a Fortune 500 and a security researcher. He has found high severity vulnerabilities in Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, Apple, and Oracle. His research has been published by the Boston Globe, Brian Krebs, Bleeping Computer, Ars Technica, and other major tech publications. His technical blog posts have been read more than 200,000 times, and he has spoken at offensive security conferences around the world including, m0lecon Turin, and Bsides London. Bobby designed and recorded an introductory cybersecurity course for the online learning platform, LinkedIn Learning. Bobby also serves as a mentor helping advise those who are trying to break into the cybersecurity industry. Bobby holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from MIT, as well as the OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional) and OSWE (Offensive Security Web Expert) certifications.


Brady McNitt

Brady has over 15 years of experience across security and technology, with a focus on securing and enabling business at the speed of development. His career providing guidance, consultation, and expertise has spanned both public and private sectors including financial services, higher education, local and state government. He holds a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University with certifications from SANS, notably the GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) and GIAC Web Application Penetration Test (GWAPT). He is an active member of OWASP, InfraGard, and the SANS GIAC Advisory Board. In his spare time he enjoys competing in cybersecurity Capture the Flag (CTF) events, most recently the SANS NetWars Tournament of Champions, and attending training, conferences, and local security meetups including Black Hat, DEFCON, and BSides. Brady is passionate about mentoring and believes in preparing the next generation for the growing and evolving cybersecurity challenges of tomorrow.

Topics you'll explore

Hands on Learning

Students will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on exercises and fun hacking challenges where they can put their cyber security knowledge to the test.

Career Exploration

Meet with successful professionals and experts in the fields of cyber security to learn more about careers and jobs in this field, and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn firsthand what it’s like to work in this exciting field.

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Summer Springboard Pre-College Summer Program