CyberWatch West is actively building strong industry partnerships within each of its primary initiatives to ensure that its focus and vision are alligned with the evolving needs of industry. Through the establishment of a multi-faceted advisory board, CyberWatch West will encourage the active engagement of its Industry Partners, informing all aspects of the center design and delivery.
The mission of CyberWatch West is to improve the quantity and quality of the cybersecurity workforce. CyberWatch West is one of 39 Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Centers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), all of which are focused on workforce development through education alliances, especially at the community college level. The CyberWatch West Consortium consists of education institutional members (both 2-year and 4-year institutions) plus a growing number of partners among government agencies, industry associations, K-12 school systems, and private businesses. CyberWatch West is focused on five main areas of cybersecurity education: curriculum development, faculty development, student development, strengthening the elementary school to graduate school pipeline, and dissemination/outreach to the community.
The CyberWatch West Advisory Board is instrumental in the growth and strength of CyberWatch West. Its members provide advice, support, and leadership for CyberWatch West programs and activities. They advocate for cybersecurity programs and for CyberWatch West itself to the broader professional community.
Benefits of Being a CyberWatch West Advisory Board Member
- CyberWatch Advisory Board members are listed below and in all pertinent publications.
- The agency/business that the Advisory Board member represents may become a CyberWatch West partner, and as such, will be referenced on the Partner page of CyberWatch West website and in all pertinent publications.
- Premier opportunities to hire graduating students for permanent positions and other students at earlier stages of study for internships.
- Professional development opportunities through workshops/seminars/conferences.
- Access to faculty expertise via consulting arrangements.
- Invitation to participate as guest lecturer in courses/workshops/seminars.
- Networking opportunities with other institutional partners.
- An integral role in shaping cybersecurity curriculua.
- Collaboration in grant proposals
- Networking opportunities with other institutional partners
Responsibilities for CyberWatch West Advisory Board Members
- We ask that you actively participate in at least one of CyberWatch West’s focus areas. At present, these include: Curriculum Development, Student Competitions, Professional Development, and Outreach and Partnership.
- Attendance at CyberWatch West Advisory Board meetings (2 per year), occasional meetings of your chosen focus area and the annual CyberWatch West Conference. (Some of these could be via electronic conferencing.) If you are unable to attend, we ask that you send a substitute.
- Willingness to participate in CyberWatch West dissemination activities and events. For example, Advisory Board members attend and speak at conferences, serve on panel presentations, help judge CyberWatch West student competitions (at present, these include the Western Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (WRCCDC) and the Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition), mentor student teams for those competitions, and post security-related events at the CyberWatch website.
- This is not an exhaustive list, nor is any one dissemination activity mandatory. Rather, dissemination covers the gamut of activities that raise security awareness; encourage students to enter this field; encourage employers to consider students from CyberWatch West member institutions for internships, scholarships, and job placement; and raise awareness of CyberWatch West itself.
Joining CyberWatch West – As an Advisory Board Member
CyberWatch West has institutional members and industry partners, as well as an Advisory Board. Members are educational institutions. Partners are all other types of organizations.
In order to be considered for CyberWatch West Advisory Board Membership, we ask that you:
- Fill out, sign and return a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Advisory Board Members. This can be returned by email, fax, or hard copy
- Plan on regularly attending CWW Advisory Board meetings (there are two per year), electronically or in person.
- Participate actively on at least one CyberWatch West committee, electronically or in person.
- Actively sponsor or participate in at least one of CyberWatch West’s many programs and activities, a listing of which can be found in the CyberWatch West Member Guide and on this website. Examples include curriculum and faculty development, student scholarships and internships, and student competitions.
- Participate in CyberWatch West dissemination activities and events.
- Generally, we expect you to be an active and contributing partner of CyberWatch West, sharing ideas and/or programs.
CyberWatch West aims to be the center for cybersecurity education throughout the region. We welcome your participation as a CyberWatch West Advisory Member as we work together to create a stronger cybersecurity workforce for the future.
Advisory Board applicants should contact: