Rocket Girls

Rocket Girls is a partnership between CybHER @ DSU and Cyberspace Camps sponsored by AT&T.

Where: Kennedy Space Center, FL
When: July 10-13, 2019
Tentative Schedule  

A media send-off will take place at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport on July 9th at 1 PM.

Rocket Girls 2019

We have a fantastic agenda and amazing people sharing with the girls. Sessions are still being developed, but they’ll include ones on social engineering (how strangers with malicious intent attempt to get personal information and/or damage resources); mapping the Internet, IoT, Digital Forensics; Cybersecurity career and personality alignment – and a Computer Breaker activity.

Dr. Pam Rowland’s leadership team includes five exceptional women from our DSU graduate program to mentor the girls throughout the trip.  Beyond that we have several national experts including Dyann Bradbury, Director, IT-Security Risk Management, Ameritas, Former President, InfraGard National Members Alliance; Deborah Kobza, CGEIT, JIEM, President, International Association of Certified ISAOs (IACI); Rini Fredette, SVP, PSCU Financial Services; Cynthia Hetherington, Founder and President of Hetherington Group; Stacy Arruda, Retired FBI, Director of the Florida Information Sharing and Analysis Organization; Bill Cheswick, “retired” in 2012: He is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where he hangs out and occasionally teaches classes; Marcus Ranum, Computer and network security researcher. He is credited with a number of innovations in firewalls, including building the first Internet email server for the domain, and intrusion detection systems. He has held technical and leadership positions with a number of computer security companies; Dr. Blaine Burnham, Blaine W. Burnham has dedicated many years to cybersecurity education as a founder of research organizations, first at the NSA and later at leading universities, where he worked to formalize undergraduate, master’s and doctorate-level degree programs; Gene Fredrickson, CISO, PSCU Financial Services, Kevin Manson, Partner with International Association of Certified Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations at the Kennedy Space Center, Department of Homeland Security (Ret.); Michael Levin, Retired U.S. Secret Service, Founder and CEO of Center for Information Security Awareness; Paul Poteete, Professor, Geneva College; Todd Hillis, Computer and Network Security.


Tuesday, July 9, arrive in FL

Airbnb address:  4 Willow Green Drive, Cocoa Beach, FL

Wednesday, July 10 – fun activities throughout the day

Half of the group will go on Dolphin Tour 9 AM (wear your swimsuit and SUNSCREEN!)

6:30 PM meet and greet of National experts

7:30 PM Hacking session

Cyber Space Camp

July 11 and 12

 Venue: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Space Commerce Way, Merritt Island, FL 32953

Astronauts Memorial Building

Thursday, July 11

 Leave Girls’ lodging location @ 7:15 

8:00am – 8:05am 

Welcome – Dyann Bradbury

8:05am – 8:20am

Welcome by Florida State Rep. Thad Altman; NASA Kennedy Space Center CISO, Deb Kobza and any other honored guests

8:20am – 8:30am

BRIEF Introductions of Camp Mentors and Staff – Deb Kobza

8:30am – 9:00am 

Sharing of Essays and Backgrounds of the “Rocket Girls”- Pam Rowland

9:00am to 9:15am


9:15am – 10:30am

Basic Introduction to The Internet: e.g. Mapping the Internet, How does the Internet Work and how is it abused? What is “The Internet of Things”, Ongoing Q&A and dialog with Girls During and After Presentation – Bill Cheswick, Todd Hillis, and Paul Poteete  

10:30am – 11:30am

Become a Cyber Security Awareness Training Champion!  – Mike Levin

We all can make a difference and when it comes to cybersecurity and helping others to ensure safe computing. Helping others to learn the basics of cybersecurity will reduce everyone’s risk.  Some of the topics we will discuss include: Ransomware risk and security best practices; Phishing and email best practices; top cyber-crime threats; cybersecurity best practices that apply at school and at home; basics of social engineering and how these techniques are used by criminals; handheld devices and laptop security; risk of public Wi-Fi; Safe web use and risk of social media; Identity theft risk

11:30am- 2:00pm

The Girls will have Lunch with an Astronaut

2:00pm – 3:00pm 

The Syslog is your friend – 🔥Marcus Ranum

What is the syslog? What data gets collected about the things we almost always do online?

Where are some of the many, many, many logs collected? What can you do with log data? Since a great deal of computer security consists of asking ourselves “what happened?” log data is often the most important source for clues. It’s also, often, turned off. We’ll talk about log analysis and how it is one of the foundational problems in computer security. 

3:00pm – 3:30pm

Working in a SOC – Anna Gerald of NTT Security will be interviewed by Dyann Bradbury

3:30pm – 4:00pm

Women in tech and my career journey – Rini Fredette, SVP, PSCU Financial Services 

4:00pm – 7:00pm

Group Picture in Rocket Garden (10 minutes) 

Guided Activities at the Kennedy Space Center, See the Real Space Shuttle Atlantis, Possibly also Space Shuttle Launch and Landing Simulations and gift shop. Bus tour behind the scenes

7:30PM – 10:00PM

Hacking session

Friday, July 12

Day 2: 

 Leave Girls’ lodging location @ 7:15

8:00am – 8:30am

Recapping Yesterday’s Presentations and Activities (Follow Up Dialog, Open and Pending Questions or Comments by Girls) – Pam Rowland, Deb Kobza, and Dyann Bradbury

8:30am – 10:30am Cynthia Hetherington 

Cynthia Hetherington (Team with Todd & Paul)

STEM(+) Focus on Research, Online Safety, Privacy, and Ethics – Good Citizenship – OPSEC

Prospective “Hands-Online” Guided and Assigned Activities on the Girls’ laptops   (whenever feasible) Exploring the Net: “Ego Search”, Find Your ‘Profile’ (Personal Information) on the Internet. Social Media “Friends”: Are they really who they say they are? 

9:30 am – 9:45 am


9:45 am – 10:30 am Cynthia Hetherington Continuing on a theme…

Learn best practices for covering your tracks while online investigating, a detailed show of where your personal information gets exposed.

10:30am – 11:30 am

Wanda Gordon, Chief Security Architect for Crowley Maritime 

 11:30 am- 1:00 pm

Lunch at Kennedy Space Center Cafeteria

 1:00pm – 1:30pm

“CyberBullying Dojo”: Pam, Dyann, Cynthia, Todd, Paul: Girls encouraged to share any of their experiences or concerns about Bullying, Introducing Girls to avenues to Report Bullying (On sites such as Twitter, Instagram, e.g. Abuse @ Facebook etc.), How to Support Friends and Classmates Who Have Been Bullying Victims, The Ethics of Good Online Citizenry.  

1:30pm – 2:30pm

Digital forensics solution or a hacking lab on a USB.  EXIF metadata and whether it can be ‘faked’ (edited) – Todd Hillis – Paul Poteete 

2:30pm – 3:00pm

Tamiko Fletcher, NASA/KSC’s new CISO

3:00pm –3:45pm

Cybersecurity Career and Personality alignment – Paul Poteete

3:45pm – 4:15pm

Hardware Familiarization – Tear a Computer Apart and Put it Back Together – Blaine Burnham – Dyann Coordinating with Blaine.  Todd and Dyann will present as Blaine is unable to attend.

4:15pm – 4:30pm

Closing Remarks – Pam Rowland – Dyann Bradbury – Deb Kobza

4:30pm – 7:00PM 

Activities at the Kennedy Space Center: ‘Atlantis Experience’ Adult Guided Possible Activities: Space Shuttle Simulated Launch and Landing of Shuttle, Gift Shop, etc. Saturn V and bus tour past the VAB and Apollo11 launch pad 39A

7:30 PM

A space shuttle launch!!

Saturday – relax morning and fun day at the beach, etc. 

Half of the group will go on Dolphin Tour 9 AM (wear your swimsuit and SUNSCREEN!)

Sunday – headed home bright and early.