News for Faculty
Apply now for travel stipends for 3CS in June
CyberWatch West educational members can now apply for travel stipends to support their attendance of the 2017 Community College Cyber Summit (3CS), being held June 28-30 just outside Washington, D.C.
The three-day conference offers workshops and presentations for educators in three main tracks: Track 1, for colleges and faculty that are new to cybersecurity; Track 2, for faculty already working on cybersecurity workforce development and/or pursuing the CAE designation; and Track 3, which focuses on the incorporation of cybersecurity principles, safe practices, and hands-on skills in diverse fields across the curriculum, including health, finance, education, energy, and manufacturing.
Students studying cybersecurity can register to participate in a pre-summit job fair on Wednesday morning, June 28, 9 to 11:30 a.m., and attend Track 4 presentations that afternoon.
Ten travel stipends of approximately $1500 each (may vary according to applicant need) will be awarded to faculty members or instructors employed by CyberWatch West member institutions. To be considered, please complete and submit the online form below, before the end of the day on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
Applicants will be notified by approximately March 28 whether or not they will receive a stipend. It's recommended that everyone planning to attend 3CS register on or before March 31, in order to receive the early bird discount.
CyberWatch West is no longer accepting applications for travel stipends to attend the 2017 Community College Cyber Summit.
Travel funding available for the Pacific Northwest Cisco Networking Academy – ICT Instructor Conference
CyberWatch West has limited travel funding available to help educators at member institutions attend the third annual Pacific Northwest Cisco Networking Academy – ICT Instructor Conference being held March 29–31 at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington.
The conference focuses on the Cisco Networking Academy program but will also include presentations on other subjects, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Teaching C++, and Big Data in the Cloud.
Five travel stipends of approximately $1000 each (may vary according to applicant need) will be awarded to faculty members or instructors employed by CyberWatch West educational members that are NetAcademy schools and are located in one of the following U.S. states: Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.
New Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity course unveiled at January webinar
CyberWatch West launched a new course designed specifically for community colleges, “Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” with a free webinar on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.
The course was created in collaboration with George Mason University’s Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, leveraging its graduate-level coursework to produce a beginning course suitable for undergraduate students with a basic understanding of network and computer security. CyberWatch West sponsored and published the course, making it available to instructors for their use under a Creative Commons license.
Course materials, which can be accessed and downloaded at http://librarywp.whatcom.edu/press/cic/, include:
- 11 slide presentations, with instructor notes
- Suggested reading assignments, mainly from government documents in the public domain
- Hands-on activities, such as using a simulator to learn packet capture, setting up the Department of Homeland Security’s CSET risk assessment tool, and installing a digital certificate
- A series of team assignments that culminate in a final presentation
- 150 assessment questions (answer key available upon request)
Fourteen faculty members and cybersecurity educators participated in the walkthrough, led by key course developers Stephen Miller of Eastern New Mexico University—Ruidoso and Dr. Margaret Leary of Northern Virginia Community College.
A video of the webinar is available for download by CyberWatch West members at http://www.cyberwatchwest.org/index.php/media-149/member-content/download/6-cybersecurity-curriculum-and-teaching-resources/263-critical-infrastructure-cybersecurity-course-webinar (login and member-level access required).
Cybersecurity working group gathers in Denver for CyberWatch West Industry Night
Nearly 100 students, teachers, and representatives of government agencies and the cybersecurity industry gathered at an Industry Night at Regis University in October to discuss how to develop Colorado’s cybersecurity workforce.
Sponsored by CyberWatch West, the dinner meeting was an opportunity for planning by the cybersecurity working group that grew out of the initial Industry Night hosted by Regis University and CyberWatch West last May. The event focused on ways to encourage students (especially female students) to pursue careers in cybersecurity.
The group made plans to collaborate on a CyberGirlz workshop to be held at Regis University in March 2017. Organizers are looking for sponsors and volunteers for the event, particularly women in STEM fields who can serve as role models.
Guests at the October 11 event enjoyed a panel discussion featuring women working on cybersecurity issues or in cybersecurity education:
- Jory Maes, Colorado’s Infrastructure Protection Program Manager with the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
- Analyn Alquitran, coach of Rangeview High School’s CyberPatriot team, which reached the National Finals in 2014
- Jocelyn Nguyen-Reed, coach of the Cherry Creek High School CyberPatriot team that placed second in the Open Division of the 2016 national competition
School districts from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs sent students and teachers to Denver to attend the event and learn how to get involved in cybersecurity summer camps and competitions like CyberPatriot. The panelists emphasized that competitions aren’t just about winning, but about students developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will serve them well no matter what careers they choose.
Associate Professor Dan Likarish of Regis University, who co-facilitated the event with CyberWatch West Co-PI Dr. Dan Manson, attributed the excellent turnout to support from the Denver chapters of the ISACA (previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association) and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).
These associations encourage local firms to support employees who coach teams or mentor students, Professor Likarish said. Such support can take the form of continuing professional education (CPE) hours or paid time off for community service.
The local chapters of ISACA and ISSA are also discussing ways to support female students’ attendance at the Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference (RMISC), May 9-11, 2017 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
Apply now for travel stipends to attend the 2017 Winter ICT Educators Conference
California educators employed by CyberWatch West member institutions can now apply for $500 travel stipends to support their attendance of the second annual Winter ICT Educators Conference, which will be held Thursday, January 5, and Friday, January 6, 2017.
A limited number of stipends will be provided to select applicants who represent CyberWatch West educational members in California and live 100 miles or farther from the conference's location on the Cisco Systems campus in San Jose, California.
To be considered, complete and submit the online form below by the end of the day on Friday, November 18, 2016. CyberWatch West will notify applicants on approximately Thursday, December 1 whether they have been selected to receive a travel stipend.
Accepted applicants will be required to submit a completed W-9 IRS form and two written paragraphs, describing what they learned at the conference, before their $500 travel stipends will be issued to them.
We are no longer accepting applications for travel stipends.
Travel stipends available to help CWW members attend 2016 NICE Conference & Expo
CyberWatch West has limited funds available to support select CyberWatch West members' attendance of the NICE Conference & Expo being held in Kansas City, MO, November 1–2, 2016.
The annual conference is supported by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce. This year's conference, “Innovations to Shape the Future Cybersecurity Workforce,” will showcase effective collaborations, bold experiments and innovations, and other potentially game-changing methods in support of the NICE strategic goals.
Faculty seeking financial assistance to attend NICE should complete the online application. Applications will be accepted until October 11, 2016 or until travel funds run out.
Please note: Faculty who qualify for travel support from the CAE Community or as a benefit of their role as C5 Mentors are expected to apply for funds from those sources instead. Priority for CyberWatch West travel stipends will be given to CyberWatch West members who do not qualify for support from either of those two sources.
CyberWatch West will notify applicants on approximately Friday, October 14 whether they have been selected to receive a travel stipend. Applicants representing member institutions in the United States will be considered for a stipend of $1500.00 to help cover the costs of conference registration, airfare, meals, and hotel accommodations.
Travel stipend recipients will be expected to subsidize all expenses incurred and will be required to submit a completed W-9 IRS form and proof of conference attendance before receiving the stipend.
CyberWatch West is no longer accepting applications for travel stipends.
New online resource helps community colleges grant veterans credit for prior learning
As U.S. government agencies and educational institutions strive to close the nation’s cybersecurity talent gap, military veterans are receiving special attention as potential recruits.
Veterans understand defense tactics and have worked in team environments; some already have security clearances that can help them obtain federal positions. Many acquired transferable technical skills or received specialized training during their military service.
CyberWatch West has launched a new online tool for community and technical colleges that grant credit for prior learning (CPL) to veterans studying information technology (IT) and cybersecurity.
MOS Pathways is a crosswalk that can be viewed on the CyberWatch West website or downloaded as a PDF file. It’s based on a list of Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) related to technology, IT, and security. MOS is the military terminology for job types in any of the branches of service, and each MOS is assigned a code to identify it.
The crosswalk correlates each MOS with specific skill sets and job descriptions, which are then translated into specific courses offered at Whatcom Community College (WCC), where CyberWatch West is based. A veteran who served in Cyber Transport Systems in the Air Force (AFSC-3D1X2), for example, could apply CPL for six courses in Computer Information Systems (CIS) toward a degree or certificate at the college.
Each WCC course name is translated into more commonly understood course name (e.g., a course called “Computer Fundamentals” at another college is generally equivalent to CIS 100, Computer Literacy, at WCC). College faculty and administrators needing to make an accurate comparison between mapped WCC courses and courses offered at their own institutions should refer to the Course Outcomes chart at the end of the document.
- MOS Pathways on the CyberWatch West website (Faculty Development section)
- Credit for Prior Learning from the Student, Campus, and Industry Perspectives (PDF publication from the American Council on Education)
- Veterans Cybersecurity Training and Education Toolkit (PDF publication from the Department of Homeland Security)
- Veterans Cybersecurity Training and Education Guide (PDF publication from the Department of Homeland Security)
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