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Guam son accepted into Army Cyber Institute internship at West Point

MANGILAO (Guam Community College) — Cyber Security has been a hot topic for quite sometime and the subject is only getting hotter. With the rise of security concerns in the cyber world, the need for the next generation of cyber security experts is in high demand.

Lucand Camacho

Local son, Lucand Camacho, was one of the few selected nationally to attend the prestigious Army Cyber Institute Internship this summer from July 15 to August 11 at the West Point Military Academy in New York.

According to the ACI site, “The Summer Internship Program is an 8-week course designed to provide interns with real world experience in futuristic cyber research at it relates to the security of the nation. Interns will be assigned to different research teams supporting a variety of cyber-related projects from policy development to hands on technical development. The interns will be exposed to the entire research cycle, from idea development to briefing a product, and how each piece of a research project integrates with a larger effort.”

“Without the University of Guam’s ROTC program, I would have never been exposed to this once in a lifetime experience at the Army Cyber Institute at West Point military academy,” states Camacho.

The selection process for this internship requires majors of precedence in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering or technical studies within the cyber field. Army requirements such as physical fitness and leadership capabilities help boost selection points. All other applicants were considered who have a strong technical background in information technology.

Lucand Camacho is currently pursuing a B.S. in Computer Information Systems at the University of Guam, which is a hybrid of computer science, business, and logical and statistical mathematics. As the only applicant from UOG, he was compared against all other applicants from various ROTC universities and all civilian participants interested.

“What gave me the edge as a candidate was my networking foundation as a former Army Signal soldier and all civilian certifications by Cisco and the Electronics Technicians Association that I obtained at Guam Community College,” states Camacho.

According to Camacho, his main purpose for pursuing this internship is to further build his background and hopefully commission into the Army’s most recent and competitive branch of Cyber.

Lucand is the son of Francisco and Eloise Camacho of Dededo, Guam