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Registration for CyberPatriot information sessions in Washington state

CyberWatch West is organizing three information sessions in northwest Washington in late August 2017 to introduce high school students, parents, and teachers to the CyberPatriot program, the largest high school cyber defense competition in the United States. 

Dr. Dan Manson of Cal Poly Pomona will present on how high schools can form teams and get started. 

Seating at these free events is limited; thank you for registering in advance. 

 

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This event is not officially affiliated with CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Education Program, including the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, created by the Air Force Association (AFA). 

GenCyber Camp Season is Here!

This summer, hundreds of middle school and high school students across the United States will attend free cybersecurity camps held on the campuses of colleges, universities, public or private schools, and school systems.

At the six-session GenCyber camps, students will learn through hands-on computer activities how cybersecurity professionals protect information and information systems from unauthorized access, misuse, and destruction.

The camps are offered to students at no cost because of funding provided jointly by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.

Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash., is hosting two camps for high school students, to be held July 2530 and August 16, and one middle school camp July 2530.

Other CyberWatch West member schools hosting GenCyber camps for students:

The GenCyber program also includes teacher camps, designed for K–12 teachers interested in learning about computer and cybersecurity tools and concepts, and combination programs for students and teachers.

Educational institutions wanting to host GenCyber camps in 2017 will have the opportunity to apply this fall. Check the GenCyber website for updates and details, or subscribe to the GenCyber email list: https://www.gen-cyber.com/.

 

 

 

Students invited to cybersecurity workshop at National Cyber Summit

The Women and Minorities in Cyber Security Working Group is offering a one-day cybersecurity workshop for students at the National Cyber Summit on June 7 in Huntsville, Alabama.

Students from technical backgrounds who are in the beginning stages of undergraduate cybersecurity programs are encouraged to apply to attend with their travel expenses covered through the working group’s National Science Foundation (NSF) funds.

The Cybersecurity Workshop for Women and Minorities on Tuesday, June 7, will offer opportunities to engage in hands-on cybersecurity exercises and interact with professional, academic, and student role models. Participants will also be able to attend National Cyber Summit events and workshops June 8–9.

To apply, interested students should email the following materials to Dr. Rosemary Shumba, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

  1. A brief (half-page) bio about yourself, including your year of study, your contact phone number, and your email address; and
  2. A brief (half-page) statement explaining why you want to participate in this workshop and how you think you will benefit from it.  

The deadline for applications is Monday, April 18, 2016.

 

 

 

CyberWatch West sending students to ICMCP National Conference

CyberWatch West is providing travel scholarships for students wanting to attend the first-ever National Conference of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals March 23–24, at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC.

The one-and-a-half-day conference is organized by the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professional (ICMCP), a non-profit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of minority cybersecurity students and professionals.

The travel funds will cover round-trip airfare to Washington, DC and up to three nights at the hotel. College students who are actively enrolled in a cybersecurity program in the United States were eligible to apply until the submission deadline of Tuesday, March 1, 2016. 

As of March 2, 2016, CyberWatch West is no longer accepting applications for the travel scholarships.

 

 

Deadline for Students to Apply for Washington State Opportunity Scholarship: February 29, 2016

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016–17 Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS). The scholarship program provides renewable annual awards of $2,500–$7,500 to support low- and middle-income students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in high-demand areas in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and health care.

Among the eligible majors are Computer and Information Systems Security (CIP Code 11.1003) and Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications (CIP Code 11.0901).

The 501c nonprofit that administers the scholarships, College Success Foundation, will select nearly 1450 new students to receive funding and additional professional development support and industry exploration opportunities.

To be considered for the scholarship, students must meet additional criteria, including

  • Being a Washington state resident
  • Earning a high school diploma or GED from a Washington state high school or institution
  • Working toward a first bachelor’s degree (i.e., four-year degree). Students attending a public community or technical college in Fall 2016 that does not offer a four-year degree in that specific high-demand major must be planning to transfer to one of the eligible Washington state four-year colleges or universities by the time they have earned 90 quarter credits.
  • Planning to enroll as a full-time college student (12+ credits) for Fall 2016.

Besides the online application, students are required to file either the 2016–17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA), and they must apply for Federal Education Tax Credits, if eligible.

For more details or to submit an application, visit the WSOS website.

 

 

Exciting opportunity for California Community Colleges and their IT students

Community colleges in California that adopt the Information Technology (IT) Model Curriculum will meet some of the requirements for the National Security Agency's National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CD) for 2 year colleges (CAE2Y) designation.

Finalized by the Intersegmental Curriculum Faculty Workgroup (ICFW) in March 2015, the model curriculum (located here) includes four courses that map to CAE2Y knowledge units. 

California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) has approved a 4-year degree program that will accept transfer credits from courses in the model curriculum. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology at CSUSB may choose to focus on either Computer Information Systems or Cyber Security Intelligence.

“We are hoping to see this curriculum model replicated at other CSUs as a way for community college students in Information and Computing Technologies (ICT) to have more options,” stated Tony Coulson, a professor in the Information & Decision Sciences department at CSUSB and the director of its Cyber Security Center. Coulson is also a co–principal investigator for CyberWatch West.

For more information, contact Tony Coulson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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