Holyoke Codes: CS Education Week Cyber Security Workshop

March 2, 2018

On December 9, 2017, Holyoke Codes held a Computer Science Education Week Cyber Security workshop for the Girls Inc. Eureka Program. Eureka! Scholars spend time on the UMass Amherst campus and elsewhere, experiencing lab-based activities in science, technology, engineering and math. In this workshop, a group of 22 middle and high school aged girls learned about digital forensics (browser history, image metadata), cryptography and Caesar shift code, steganography, cracking passwords, and recovering information in deleted files to solve a mystery in a Capture the Flag (CTF) contest.
The CTF contest was custom created by Prof. Beryl Hoffman and her Elms College Computer Information Technology students for Holyoke Codes. The contest uses a series of six challenges involving cybersecurity concepts to solve the mystery of a kidnapped cat to experience (see Support for the event was provided by the National Science Foundation CISE SaTC Frontier Award #1414119 to Boston University, entitled MACS: A Modular Approach to Cloud Security. This experience will also be available via Holyoke Codes workshops open to the public at no charge (


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