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CyberWatch West Sponsors Reception for Cybersecurity Event in Colorado Springs

CyberWatch West supported Colorado Springs Cybersecurity Industry Day on the afternoon of April 10, 2017, by sponsoring a closing reception. More than thirty-five representatives of local academia, industry, and government gathered at the event to discuss ways to work together on cybersecurity internship and apprenticeship programs.

At the reception, Dr. Dan Manson, a CyberWatch West Co-PI, presented on student competitions, such as the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) and CyberPatriot, explaining why students who join high school or college teams are better prepared for future careers in cybersecurity.

 

Colorado Springs Cybersecurity Industry Day, April 10, 2017

 

Speakers earlier in the day included Dudley Light, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship; Jennifer Jirous-Rapp, State Programs and Pathways Manager, Colorado Department of Education; Dr. Leigh Armistead, president of Peregrine Technical Solutions, Yorktown, VA; Heather Terenzio-McCollester, CEO and co-founder of Techtonic Group and Techtonic Academy; and Brad Revare, Director of Business Partnerships for CareerWise Colorado.

In addition to CyberWatch West, Colorado Springs Cybersecurity Industry Day was sponsored by member school Pikes Peak Community College, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, the Southern Colorado Technology Alliance, and Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation, which provided the venue.

Colorado has one of the larger cybersecurity talent gaps in the nation according to the Cyber Seek website, an online resource created by Burning Glass Technologies, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE).

Cyber Seek’s interactive heat map rates the concentration of cybersecurity jobs in Colorado Springs “very high” compared to the national average, while the supply of cybersecurity workers is “very low.” It reports that the total employed cybersecurity workforce in the Colorado Springs metropolitan area was 5,789 in 2016, and 3,133 cybersecurity job listings were posted from July 2015 through June 2016.  

 

 

 

Cybersecurity community mourns the passing of widely respected security technology expert

It is with great sadness that CyberWatch West shares the news of the passing of Rebecca “Becky” Gurley Bace, an internationally recognized expert in network security and intrusion detection. 

The chief strategist of the Center for Forensics, Information Technology and Security (CFITS), an organization at the University of South Alabama (USA), Bace was also the president/CEO of the security-specialty consulting firm Infidel. 

Bace served on the National Visiting Committee for CyberWatch West during its first grant period. 

“She was a wonderful person and a pioneer in the field,” said CyberWatch West Director and Principal Investigator Corrinne Sande. “She contributed greatly to the advancement of women and underrepresented groups in the field of cybersecurity. I first met her in England when we were serving on the same working group, studying barriers to diversity in cybersecurity.”

In 2014, SC Magazine featured Bace in its inaugural “Women in Security” issue, as one of ten female leaders selected for their longstanding contributions to the IT security space.

Bace suffered a heart attack Monday night, March 13. She passed away on Tuesday at USA Medical Center. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 25 on the campus of the University of South Alabama; details are available from the university website

ACSA’s Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS) program has announced that its top scholarship has been renamed the Rebecca Gurley Bace SWSIS Scholarship, in honor of this pioneer in the information security field. 

Contributions to help support this scholarship are can be made by sending a check (sorry, no online contributions) to:

Applied Computer Security Associates, Inc.
2906 Covington Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Checks should be made payable to “Applied Computer Security Associates”; please note “SWSIS Rebecca Gurley Bace Scholarship” on the memo line.

 

 

 

Apply now for travel stipends for 3CS in June

CyberWatch West educational members can now apply for travel stipends to support their attendance of the 2017 Community College Cyber Summit (3CS), being held June 28-30 just outside Washington, D.C.

The three-day conference offers workshops and presentations for educators in three main tracks: Track 1, for colleges and faculty that are new to cybersecurity; Track 2, for faculty already working on cybersecurity workforce development and/or pursuing the CAE designation; and Track 3, which focuses on the incorporation of cybersecurity principles, safe practices, and hands-on skills in diverse fields across the curriculum, including health, finance, education, energy, and manufacturing.

Students studying cybersecurity can register to participate in a pre-summit job fair on Wednesday morning, June 28, 9 to 11:30 a.m., and attend Track 4 presentations that afternoon. 

Ten travel stipends of approximately $1500 each (may vary according to applicant need) will be awarded to faculty members or instructors employed by CyberWatch West member institutions. To be considered, please complete and submit the online form below, before the end of the day on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. 

Applicants will be notified by approximately March 28 whether or not they will receive a stipend. It's recommended that everyone planning to attend 3CS register on or before March 31, in order to receive the early bird discount.

CyberWatch West is no longer accepting applications for travel stipends to attend the 2017 Community College Cyber Summit.  

 

 

Travel funding available for the Pacific Northwest Cisco Networking Academy – ICT Instructor Conference

CyberWatch West has limited travel funding available to help educators at member institutions attend the third annual Pacific Northwest Cisco Networking Academy  – ICT Instructor Conference being held March 29–31 at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington.

The conference focuses on the Cisco Networking Academy program but will also include presentations on other subjects, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Teaching C++, and Big Data in the Cloud.

Five travel stipends of approximately $1000 each (may vary according to applicant need) will be awarded to faculty members or instructors employed by CyberWatch West educational members that are NetAcademy schools and are located in one of the following U.S. states: Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. 

To be considered for a travel stipend, please email the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: your name, the name of the institution where you are employed, your title, and a short written explanation of why you wish to attend the conference. Applications must be received by Tuesday, February 28, to be considered. Awardees will be notified by Friday, March 10, 2017. 

 

 

 

 

New Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity course unveiled at January webinar

CyberWatch West launched a new course designed specifically for community colleges, “Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” with a free webinar on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

The course was created in collaboration with George Mason University’s Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, leveraging its graduate-level coursework to produce a beginning course suitable for undergraduate students with a basic understanding of network and computer security. CyberWatch West sponsored and published the course, making it available to instructors for their use under a Creative Commons license.

Course materials, which can be accessed and downloaded at http://librarywp.whatcom.edu/press/cic/, include:

  • 11 slide presentations, with instructor notes
  • Suggested reading assignments, mainly from government documents in the public domain
  • Hands-on activities, such as using a simulator to learn packet capture, setting up the Department of Homeland Security’s CSET risk assessment tool, and installing a digital certificate
  • A series of team assignments that culminate in a final presentation
  • 150 assessment questions (answer key available upon request)

Fourteen faculty members and cybersecurity educators participated in the walkthrough, led by key course developers Stephen Miller of Eastern New Mexico University—Ruidoso and Dr. Margaret Leary of Northern Virginia Community College.

A video of the webinar is available for download by CyberWatch West members at http://www.cyberwatchwest.org/index.php/media-149/member-content/download/6-cybersecurity-curriculum-and-teaching-resources/263-critical-infrastructure-cybersecurity-course-webinar (login and member-level access required).

 

 

 

Cybersecurity working group gathers in Denver for CyberWatch West Industry Night

Nearly 100 students, teachers, and representatives of government agencies and the cybersecurity industry gathered at an Industry Night at Regis University in October to discuss how to develop Colorado’s cybersecurity workforce.

Sponsored by CyberWatch West, the dinner meeting was an opportunity for planning by the cybersecurity working group that grew out of the initial Industry Night hosted by Regis University and CyberWatch West last May. The event focused on ways to encourage students (especially female students) to pursue careers in cybersecurity.

The group made plans to collaborate on a CyberGirlz workshop to be held at Regis University in March 2017. Organizers are looking for sponsors and volunteers for the event, particularly women in STEM fields who can serve as role models.

Guests at the October 11 event enjoyed a panel discussion featuring women working on cybersecurity issues or in cybersecurity education:

  • Jory Maes, Colorado’s Infrastructure Protection Program Manager with the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Analyn Alquitran, coach of Rangeview High School’s CyberPatriot team, which reached the National Finals in 2014
  • Jocelyn Nguyen-Reed, coach of the Cherry Creek High School CyberPatriot team that placed second in the Open Division of the 2016 national competition

School districts from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs sent students and teachers to Denver to attend the event and learn how to get involved in cybersecurity summer camps and competitions like CyberPatriot. The panelists emphasized that competitions aren’t just about winning, but about students developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will serve them well no matter what careers they choose.

Associate Professor Dan Likarish of Regis University, who co-facilitated the event with CyberWatch West Co-PI Dr. Dan Manson, attributed the excellent turnout to support from the Denver chapters of the ISACA (previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association) and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).

These associations encourage local firms to support employees who coach teams or mentor students, Professor Likarish said. Such support can take the form of continuing professional education (CPE) hours or paid time off for community service.

The local chapters of ISACA and ISSA are also discussing ways to support female students’ attendance at the Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference (RMISC), May 9-11, 2017 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

 

 

Apply now for travel stipends to attend the 2017 Winter ICT Educators Conference

California educators employed by CyberWatch West member institutions can now apply for $500 travel stipends to support their attendance of the second annual Winter ICT Educators Conference, which will be held Thursday, January 5, and Friday, January 6, 2017.

A limited number of stipends will be provided to select applicants who represent CyberWatch West educational members in California and live 100 miles or farther from the conference's location on the Cisco Systems campus in San Jose, California.

To be considered, complete and submit the online form below by the end of the day on Friday, November 18, 2016. CyberWatch West will notify applicants on approximately Thursday, December 1 whether they have been selected to receive a travel stipend.

Accepted applicants will be required to submit a completed W-9 IRS form and two written paragraphs, describing what they learned at the conference, before their $500 travel stipends will be issued to them.

We are no longer accepting applications for travel stipends.

 

 

 

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