CyberWatch West supports the work of a related grant project also based at Whatcom Community College, Catalyzing Computing and Cybersecurity in Community Colleges (C5). One of the goals of the C5 project is to develop and disseminate instructional materials to enhance computer science and cybersecurity courses.
The C5 cybersecurity modules have been designed to align with various portions of three prominent curricular frameworks: the College Board AP Computer Science Principles (CSP) course, the NSA CAE/2Y Knowledge Units, and the ACM Computer Science Curricular Guidelines. In addition, these modules were designed to assist community colleges in meeting the curriculum requirements for achieving the NSA/DHS designation as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense—Two-Year Education (CAE2Y).
Seven modules have been pilot-tested at community colleges around the country (including at many CWW member colleges):
- Cybersecurity and Society
- Cybersecurity Principles
- Cyber Threats and Countermeasures
- Securing Data at Risk
- Applied Cryptography
- Secure Scripting
- Responsible Software Development