We are very proud of our contributions and accomplishments at CyberWatch West. In the six years since inception, we have been a dynamic source of the exceptional growth of the Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE) program in western U.S. states. The goal of CAE is to reduce vulnerability in our national information infrastructure by promoting higher education and expertise in cyber defense.
Over 275 colleges and universities received our application assistance services as they worked toward CAE designation. Forty-eight states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are now homes to at least one CAE institution. Thousands of educators participated in the workshops and webinars we hosted or sponsored over the years. Our membership has grown eight fold and includes high schools, community colleges, and universities across the nation. We have bee awarded a grant to serve as a National Cyber Resource Center to provide resources for cybersecurity education.
Introducing the National Cybersecurity Training & Education Center (NCYTE)
NCYTE Center is more than an acronym. Our “insight” into cybersecurity curriculum development, program advancement, and community building places us in a pivotal position to coordinate with other cybersecurity organizations to provide innovative resources to the cybersecurity education community. The CyberWatch West no longer fits us as our reach has grown nationwide.
NCYTE Center will continue to guide colleges and universities to develop and enhance their cybersecurity programs as CWW has in the past. We are working to provide a world-class one-stop repository of resources, support, and professional development for educators.
We plan greater efforts to build regional communities of cybersecurity experts from academia, industry, and research to facilitate more conversation and interaction fostering professional networks.
Students can continue to count on us to find ways to support and enhance their studies as well as assist them as they transition into their careers. By creating more ways to make professional connections and hosting employment events, we can help companies find the cybersecurity staff they need and help graduates land the positions they are seeking.
Our new website will be launched during the summer of 2019. CyberWatch West members will become NCYTE Center members as we make the transition. Please watch for these changes and more in the coming months. Sign up for our email newsletter to get updates each quarter.