Dr. John Sands, the director and principal investigator for the National Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA), introduced CyberWatch West members to a variety of virtual labs available to instructors, at the online Member Meeting on February 26.

Members who missed the meeting can download a video of the presentation from the CyberWatch West website.

Dr. Sands described how CISSA has developed Netlabs+ hands-on virtual labs available for download and distribution by instructors. Classes working in the Netlabs+ virtual environment need only internet access and a web browser with a Java plugin to run the labs.

CSSIA currently offers 16 complete courses that have been downloaded and adopted by 226 institutions of higher learning around the United States. Course topics include ethical hacking, forensics, Security+, and some basic scripting. The Netlabs+ labs are all Linux-based, but CSSIA is also developing Windows versions of most labs, which will be available for download through the CSSIA website.

To download video of the presentation, log in to your account on the CyberWatch West website, then follow this link: Member meeting 2-26-2016 .




Professor Richard Weiss (The Evergreen State College), Assistant Professor Michael Locasto (University of Calgary) and Professor Jens Mache (Lewis & Clark College) will present three free webinars on teaching cybersecurity with hands-on exercises.

Each one is a stand-alone session, but they will be coordinated so that by the end, attendees will have a set of exercises, notes and other resources for teaching cybersecurity classes in the spring. Different courses emphasize different domains (e.g., networking versus software systems). These workshops will help instructors find the right materials for their requirements.


Session #1 — Overview of an introductory cybersecurity class
Friday, January 15, 2016 — 9:00 to 10:30 AM PST
Overview of an introductory cybersecurity class. The professors will present syllabi that they have used for introductory classes. This will include their statement of learning objectives, lecture notes, and exercises. An overview of some EDURange exercises will be presented, with discussion of how they might address some of the learning objectives.
Session #2 — An introduction to the EDURange framework for hands-on exercises
Friday, January 22, 2016 — 9:00 to 10:30 AM PST
Explore EDURange as a framework for creating hands-on exercises. Attendees will try one of the exercises provided by EDURange.
Session #3 — A survey of freely available resources
Friday, January 29, 2016 — 9:00 to 10:30 AM PST
There are a number of other resources that one can incorporate into a cybersecurity class. The content of this session will be driven by the interests of the attendees.
Update posted 2/3/2016:
All three webinars have been posted online and can be downloaded by CyberWatch West members who have logged in to their accounts:

Don't miss your chance to hear about the latest developments in cybersecurity education from CyberWatch West's principal investigator (PI) and co-PIs. Our leadership is involved in the following presentations at the 2016 Winter ICT Educators' Conference in San Jose:

Thursday, January 7

  • 10:30 am: CyberWatch West PI Corrinne Sande, co-PI Nancy Jones, and Jake Zhu, Associate Dean of California State University San Bernardino, present "IT Model Curriculum, transfer, and intersection with the CAE2Y"
  • 11:30 am: CyberWatch West PI Corrinne Sande presents "CyberWatch West and Catalysing Computing and Cybersecurity in Community Colleges (C5)"

Friday, January 8

  • 10:30 am: CyberWatch West co-PI Dan Manson presents "Learning the Cyber Matrix in Middle and High School" along with Los Angeles Unified School District educators Yenny Yi and Luis Hernandez
  • 11:30 am: CyberWatch West co-PI Dan Manson presents "Inside the National Collegiate CyberDefense Competition"


On arrival, check the conference schedule for updated times and locations of presentations. As a conference sponsor, CyberWatch West will have a table at the conference, where you can meet members of the CyberWatch West team.






Call for Proposals: 2016 Community College Cyber Summit (3CS)


Deadline for submitting proposals: February 15, 2016

3CS Conference: July 22–24, 2016

Theme: Expanding the Boundaries of Cybersecurity Programs at Community Colleges

Proposals from students are especially encouraged!


Online Proposal Form


Target Audience

  • ~300 attendees
  • Colleges and faculty not presently involved in cybersecurity, but who would like to be introduced to this exciting and critically important arena
  • Faculty and administrators from CAE2Ys and other community colleges who have attended NICE workshops, the Colloquium, CAE PI Conferences, and last year's 3CS
  • Non-IT faculty in critical infrastructure fields, interested in incorporating cybersecurity topics into their curricula
  • Decision makers who are in positions that influence community college cybersecurity education programs, i.e., those who hire our graduates, feed students into our programs, set corporate and agency policies concerning human capital, and represent new revenue streams
  • Pittsburgh area community college students


Western Washington University — Cyber Range Poulsbo
Poulsbo, WA

Posted 2/27/2018

The Department of Computer Sciences, College of Science and Engineering, at Western Washington University is inviting applications for the position of Cyber Range Master at the Poulsbo Cyber Range. This growing facility supports cybersecurity programs from Western Washington University (WWU) in Bellingham and Poulsbo as well as up to 30 other programs at colleges and universities throughout the State of Washington. The facility is based and the position will be located at the Western on the Peninsulas facility in Poulsbo, Washington, co-located with the Olympic College Poulsbo campus.

More details and application information can be found at http://employment.wwu.edu/cw/en-us/job/495563/cyber-range-master