CyberWatch West (CWW) provides financial support for the server infrastructure used for the NICE Challenges, a collection of original virtual challenges designed to test students and professionals alike on key cybersecurity skills.

The grant-funded NICE Challenge Project offers cyber challenge labs emphasizing real-world skills like problem solving, self-learning, and documentation. Challenges have been developed to address specific National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework tasks. Individual challenges are mapped to not only the NICE Workforce Framework KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities), but also to the CAE (Centers of Academic Excellence) Knowledge Units.

CyberWatch West has also offered training for college faculty, teaching them how to gain access to the NICE Challenge environments; how to find specific challenges that are appropriate for their educational objectives; and how to integrate those challenges into their IT and cybersecurity courses.

Downloadable recordings of training sessions are available to representatives of CWW member institutions. To download one or more recordings, log in to the CWW website with a Members-level account, then follow this link:

For complete information about the NICE Challenge Project, visit the NICE Challenge website.