St. Philp’s College completed its first Gencyber Camp season June 12-16 and June 19-23. The new-for-2017 summer cybersecurity camp with National Security Agency-approved curriculum for both middle-to-high school students and teachers was completely full with camp enrollment quickly limited to a waiting list. All camp attendees learned about network security, configuration of security settings, cyberbullying and programming. When Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed Texas State Bill 179 commonly known as David's Law into law June 9---72 hours before the opening of the camp---camp faculty invited a guest speaker who has become a subject matter expert in cyberbully prevention over the last 18 months. David's Law is named in honor of David Molak, a 16-year-old from Alamo Heights who took his own life after encountering extensive cyber-assisted bullying in January of 2016, and addressed a need for Texas laws to keep pace with evolving technology. The bill requires public schools to establish methods for students to anonymously report cyberbullying. School administrators would have 24 hours to report the bullying to the victim’s parents, followed by a report to the bully’s parents. On June 14, Matthew Molack
, father of David Molack, visited with camp attendees to share his experience and news about one of the most topical cybersecurity-related bills of 2017. In an aspiration to end cyberbullying through partnerships with school districts, law enforcement and teens, the St. Philp’s College visit was one of the first in foundation and Malak parent efforts to promote awareness of the law.