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Social Engineering High School After-School Training Program

Cyber hygiene is a key digital literacy skill that encompasses practices and steps that individual users and organizations take to maintain their online security and strengthen the security of their computers or other digital devices. Cybercriminals are increasingly leveraging poor cyber hygiene in their attacks; one strategy they use is social engineering (SE) to develop trust relationships with potential targets and then deceive them into revealing sensitive information (passwords), obtain unauthorized access (to restricted areas, servers, etc.), or commit fraud (via phishing or spreading disinformation).

We are offering a FREE 12-week after-school training program for high school students in Spring 2023 on Thursdays from 3.30pm-4.30pm ET via zoom, starting February 2nd, 2023. Register by January 27th at 12pm ET.

Topics covered:

Week 1/February 2nd: What is Social Engineering
Week 2/February 9th: What is OSINT?
Week 3/February 16th: OSINT activity
Week 4/February 23rd: What is pretexting?
Week 5/March 2nd: Pretexting activity
Week 6/March 16th: What is phishing?
Week 7/March 23rd: Phishing activity
Week 8/March 30th: What is vishing?
Week 9/April 6th: Vishing activity
Week 10/April 13th: Putting it all together!
Week 11/April 20th: Live social engineering practice run!
Week 12/April 27th: Application for summer social engineering competition!

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Consent form
Register (by February 1st at 12pm ET)
Note 1: All students must upload the completed consent form during registration.
Note 2: All students will be asked to complete an anonymized evaluation survey, which helps us understand the usefulness of our program and how we can improve. This has been approved by Temple University’s Institutional Review Board.

Findings from Spring 2022 After-School Training Program

In Spring 2022, the CARE Lab partnered with Black Girls Hack, Raices Cyber, and Down North Pizza to provide a 12-week virtual training program, which introduced students to various SE concepts and allowed them to try their hand at doing SE. In the 12th week, students who were interested in competing in the SE competition received guidance in putting their application together.

A total of 38 high school students across five Philadelphia, PA schools participated in the training program. As seen in the figure below, a majority of students found the SE training program useful.