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Cyber Defense Challenge for Teens June 27th

Evi Dube, Ph.D, PMP and Celeste Matarazzo from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) will lead a program at the Livermore Public Library that will introduce teens to the possibility of a career in computer science and cybersecurity.

Students going into grades 6 through 12 will learn how to program Raspberry Pi computers and work in pairs to solve 8-10 cyber security challenges that are unified through a storyline. There will be two identical sessions of this program.

Teens can sign up for either the 10:30am – 12:00pm session or the 1:00pm – 2:30pm session on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The event will take place at the Civic Center Library. Registration is required for this free event. To sign up, please visit the Library’s Youth Room Information Desk or call 925-373-5504 starting on Monday, June 4, 2018.

Parents will be asked to sign a photo release waiver for their teens.

This program will challenge teens with cybersecurity issues related to the following areas: HTTP and web security, database security, malware analysis, and network intrusion protection. The activities will develop familiarity with tools such as Firefox, Wireshark, gdb, python, and pattern and logic skills. The challenges will have several levels of difficulty to support a wide range of participants.

Activities in the storyline of this program may include finding out why a facility that monitors critical infrastructure equipment like the electrical grid is unable to query a specific device or understanding some strange network traffic that was captured exiting a critical infrastructure facility.

Presenter Evi Dube is a Project Lead at LLNL and Celeste Matarazzo is a cybersecurity researcher and Principal Investigator. They jointly run the Cyber Defenders Program at LLNL (, which is in its ninth year. Besides Evi and Celeste, several LLNL Cyber Defender student interns will serve as mentors and technical support during the event.

For more information, please contact Teen Programming Librarian Caitlyn Lung at 925-373-5576.