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A consortium of higher education institutions, public and private schools, individual cybersecurity practitioners, businesses, and government agencies focused on collaborative efforts to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce.

Our roles include: advocating for cybersecurity education programs; building cybersecurity education and workforce development programs; collaborating with educational institutions, businesses, government entities, and professional organizations; and coordinating collaborative cybersecurity education, assessment, and research programs.


Upcoming Events Calendar

    • 6 Aug 2018
    • 31 Dec 2030
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    Cybersecurity Skills Journal: Practice and Research: Fall 2018 Special Issue: 3CS Anniversary Special Issue – Five Years of Raising the Capability Maturity Bar

    The launch of the first issue, Cybersecurity Skills Journal: Practice and Research -  3CS Anniversary Special Issue - Five Years of Raising the Capability Maturity Bar - coincides with the 5th Annual Community College Cyber Summit (3CS). Besides some path-breaking articles from our Innovations in Cybersecurity Education award-winners, most of the special issue is dedicated to listings of the capability-enhancing presentations that have occurred over the past five years at the 3CS.

    Table of Contents

    EXECUTIVE LETTER 

    RESEARCH PERSPECTIVES

    Raising the BAR of Cybersecurity Capability Maturity

    PRACTICE PERSPECTIVES

    Meeting Industry Needs for Secure Software Development 

    Have My Smart Lightbulbs Been Weaponized?

    THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES 

    Competency is Not a Three Letter Word 

    3CS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY RESOURCE GUIDE Pathway Section: Fundamentals 

    Pathway Section: Specialty Areas

    RESOURCE GUIDE PRESENTER INDEX

    Click "Register" to request a free copy of the 3CS Anniversary Special Issue. Upon completion of the registration form a download link will be sent to your registered email address.


    • 20 Nov 2020
    • 31 Dec 2030
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    The Cybersecurity Skills Journal: Practice and Research - NICE Framework Special Issue: Investigating Framework Adoption, Adaptation, or Extension - examines the usefulness, benefits, and challenges associated with the adoption, adaptation, or extension of the NICE Framework in cybersecurity practice, to improve learning, and advance the state of cybersecurity capability maturity.

    Table of Contents

    EXECUTIVE LETTER 

    PRACTICE PERSPECTIVES

    The CYBER security - Competency Health and Maturity Progression

    RESEARCH PERSPECTIVES

    Exploring Non-Technical Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA)

    Exploring Cognitive Processes to Develop Cybersecurity Defender Proficiency

    TEACHING PERSPECTIVES 

    Wireless Security: Examining the next NICE Framework Iteration 

    RESEARCH NOTE

    Cybersecurity Intelligence: A Novel Information Security Threat Mitigation

    TEACHING NOTE

    Does Cybersecurity Education Focus on the Right Things?

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    • 22 Apr 2021
    • 16 Sep 2033
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    This NSF-funded research project explored the viability of cybersecurity apprenticeships for federal agency pipeline support. During the 18-month effort – which ended in December 2020 – a Working Group of 15 federal, academic, and practitioner experts developed a strong dialog and presence in the apprenticeship space. Aided by close ties to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Working Group on Apprenticeships, the project developed a deeper understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the apprenticeship model, and identified key ways to improve the adoption of apprenticeships.

    Primary Audience: Federal Cybersecurity human resources and hiring managers.

    Table of Contents

    1. Introduction to Apprenticeships
    2. What Do Current Apprenticeships Look Like?
    3. Current Apprenticeship Footprint
    4. Possible Barriers to Federal Adoption
    5. Available High-Level Models
    6. Engaging the Hiring Manager
    7. Aligning Academic and OJT Requirements
    8. The Value Proposition
    9. Seeding the Way: Pilot Proposals to Agencies
    10. Recommendations to NSF
    11. National CyberWatch Center Working Group Membership
    12. References
    • 20 Aug 2021
    • 14 Jan 2034
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    The National CyberWatch Innovations in Cybersecurity Education program was launched in the winter of 2016, as part of National CyberWatch’s Awards & Recognition program.

    About the 2017 Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Publication

    The deadline for application submissions was March 15, 2017. Shortly after, a panel of cybersecurity educators and National CyberWatch partners reviewed these submissions, 44 in total (far exceeding previous year's submission totals), and selected 5 for recognition. This reference document was created listing all nominations and the 5 winners.



    • 30 Sep 2021
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    • 30 Sep 2030
    • 11:59 PM
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    The National CyberWatch Innovations in Cybersecurity Education program was launched in the winter of 2016, as part of National CyberWatch’s Awards & Recognition program.

    About the 2021 Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Publication

    With the forced transition to online learning across the education spectrum as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to focus on the following theme for this year’s program:


    How can we best contribute to the needs and transformations that might occur for remote/online instruction in the post-COVID-19 world?


    Given the narrow focus of this year’s theme, we are treating this year’s publication as a Special Issue, which combines the top two submissions (as ranked by a panel of judges) with the results of our National Cybersecurity Student Association COVID-19 Perceptions Survey. This year was like no other; so is this year’s Innovations program.

Past events

21 Jan 2022 Facilitated Focus Groups on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce
31 Dec 2021 Call for Proposals for Facilitated Focus Groups on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce
18 Nov 2021 Open Office Hours
5 Nov 2021 Paper Development Workshop (PDW) for prospective authors of a CSJ Note on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce
28 Oct 2021 Creation of a Cybersecurity Ambassador Program and Using it to Promote Cybersecurity Skills During the Pandemic Webcast
21 Oct 2021 The Importance of Community and Connectedness in Cybersecurity Webcast
14 Oct 2021 Bring More Opportunities to Your Institution | Student Chapter Webcast
7 Oct 2021 National Cybersecurity Student Association COVID-19 Perceptions Survey Webcast
22 Sep 2021 Cyber-Ready Professional Consortium Information Session
8 Sep 2021 Request to attend a Cybersecurity Skills Journal Paper Development Workshop (PDW)
1 Sep 2021 Hack the Box Competition & Webcast
10 Aug 2021 Student Chapter Committee Meeting
30 Jun 2021 CyberXL Game Review & Open Office Hours Webcast
9 Jun 2021 Military Spouses in Cybersecurity Open Chat Discussion
1 Jun 2021 Call for Interns
26 May 2021 COVID-19 Student Survey Results & Discussion
4 May 2021 Military Spouses in Cybersecurity
14 Apr 2021 Open Office Hours
17 Mar 2021 March 2021: Cybersecurity Skills Journal Paper Development Workshop (PDW)
10 Mar 2021 Cybersecurity Career Insights: Where Did The Time Go with Casey W. O'Brien
10 Mar 2021 Call for Peer Review Panel Members
1 Mar 2021 3CSv Program Development Workshop: Centers of Academic Excellence Competency Working Group
1 Mar 2021 3CSv Program Development Workshop: Program Development Technical Assistance
1 Mar 2021 3CSv Focus Group: K12 Cyber Talk
1 Mar 2021 3CSv Program Development Workshop: Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations (CYAOP): Conversations on Best Practices
1 Mar 2021 3CSv Program Development Workshop: Cyber Outreach Swap
1 Mar 2021 3CSv Focus Group: Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce
24 Feb 2021 Trends in Cybersecurity
24 Feb 2021 Cybersecurity Skills Journal Paper Development Workshop (PDW)
17 Feb 2021 Cybersecurity Skills Journal Special Issue on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce: Frequently Asked Questions
10 Feb 2021 Open Office Hours
1 Feb 2021 2021 CSJ Call for Abstracts on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce
13 Jan 2021 Pathway to Advancement in Cybersecurity Education (PACE) Webcast
12 Jan 2021 2021 3CSv Call for Proposals
16 Dec 2020 Open Office Hours
18 Nov 2020 Open Office Hours
11 Nov 2020 Advance your Career in Cybersecurity
6 Nov 2020 2021 Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Call for Submissions
29 Oct 2020 Situational & Cybersecurity Awareness for Global Public Health Researchers Webcast
28 Oct 2020 Open Office Hours
30 Sep 2020 Raise the BAR Mastery Badge Program: A formative credentialing of cybersecurity capability maturity
24 Sep 2020 Recruiting Women to Cybersecurity: From Intention to Action Webcast
27 Aug 2020 Navigating IT Policies and Documentation Webcast
4 Aug 2020 2020 Virtual Community College Cyber Summit (3CS)
30 Jul 2020 Neurodiversity: Untapped Talent That Can Help Meet the Cyber Skills Shortage Webcast
2 Jul 2020 CyberXL Challenge Review
1 Jul 2020 Publish your ideas, experience, or findings involving the NICE Framework with the Cybersecurity Skills Journal
11 Jun 2020 Keys to Sustain & Thrive in Your Career Webcast
11 Jun 2020 Recruiting Women to Cybersecurity: From Intention to Action Webcast
28 May 2020 Cyber2yr2020: ACM Curriculum Guidance for Associate Degree Programs in Cybersecurity Webcast
7 May 2020 Open Office Hours: Raise the Bar Information Security Fundamentals Readiness Assessment Result Discussion
30 Apr 2020 The Bright Light on the Horizon: How We Start Narrowing the Cybersecurity Skills Gap Now for the Post-COVID19 Future Webcast
23 Apr 2020 Open Office Hours
16 Apr 2020 GenCyberCoin - Development Journey of a Gamified Cybersecurity Web Platform
15 Apr 2020 Cybersecurity Skills Journal Virtual Paper Development Workshop (PDW) - April 2020
26 Mar 2020 Raise the BAR Mastery Badge Program: A formative credentialing of cybersecurity capability maturity
26 Mar 2020 Building a Cyber Workforce Through Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Webcast
16 Mar 2020 National Cybersecurity Student Association Q & A
27 Feb 2020 Looking for industry resources for classroom use? IBM has you covered! webcast
18 Feb 2020 National Cybersecurity Student Association Q & A
6 Feb 2020 Rolling with the Tide
5 Feb 2020 Cybersecurity Skills Journal Virtual Paper Development Workshop (PDW) - February 2020
29 Jan 2020 Peer Reviewer Workshop for the Cybersecurity Skills Journal Special Issue on the NICE Framework
16 Jan 2020 No/Low Tech Knowledge and Skills Required in the Workplace but Generally Not Taught in School
15 Jan 2020 Cybersecurity Skills Journal Special Issue on the NICE Framework: Frequently Asked Questions (VBBL)
12 Dec 2019 OPEN OFFICE HOURS with Gus and Vitaly!
19 Nov 2019 OPEN OFFICE HOURS with Gus and Vitaly!
15 Nov 2019 2020 Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Call for Submissions
13 Nov 2019 VBBL: Comic-BEE - An education technology for developing interactive, graphic cybersecurity stories and web comics
7 Nov 2019 OPEN OFFICE HOURS with Gus and Vitaly!
22 Oct 2019 OPEN OFFICE HOURS with Gus and Vitaly!
10 Oct 2019 OPEN OFFICE HOURS with Gus and Vitaly!
9 Oct 2019 CSJ Fellows Peer Reviewer Workshop - October, 2019
19 Sep 2019 Cybersecurity Skills in the IT Workforce Bootcamp
17 Sep 2019 OPEN OFFICE HOURS with Gus and Vitaly!
11 Sep 2019 Cybersecurity Skills Journal Virtual Paper Development Workshop (PDW) - Fall 2019
5 Sep 2019 OPEN OFFICE HOURS with Gus and Vitaly!
6 Aug 2019 OPEN OFFICE HOURS with Gus and Vitaly!
18 Jul 2019 The Perceived Impact of Barriers to Retention on Women in Cybersecurity
11 Jul 2019 OPEN OFFICE HOURS with Gus and Vitaly!
10 Jul 2019 VBBL: CSJ Fellows Peer Reviewer Workshop
13 Jun 2019 OPEN OFFICE HOURS with Gus and Vitaly!
30 May 2019 Get Gamified: Persistent Cybersecurity Learning & Training with Project Ares
23 May 2019 National CyberWatch Mastery Badge Program: Raising the BAR of Cybersecurity Capability Maturity
21 May 2019 May's Q & A session with the Nation's Largest Cybersecurity Student Association!
9 May 2019 May's Q & A session with the Nation's Largest Cybersecurity Student Association!
8 May 2019 VBBL: CSJ Virtual Paper Development Workshop (PDW)
25 Apr 2019 WEBCAST: Cybersecurity Skills Journal: Practice and Research
23 Apr 2019 April's Q & A session with the Nation's Largest Cybersecurity Student Association!
11 Apr 2019 April's Q & A session with the Nation's Largest Cybersecurity Student Association!
28 Mar 2019 Cybersecurity Across the Curricula
26 Mar 2019 Q & A session with the Nation's Largest Cybersecurity Student Association!
21 Mar 2019 Finding a Mentor
13 Mar 2019 VBBL: Employer-led Secure Software Development Dual Model Apprenticeship
21 Feb 2019 Levers of Human Deception: The Science and Methodology Behind Social Engineering
13 Feb 2019 VBBL: Skill Up Boot Camp
1 Feb 2019 Call for Participation: Information Security Fundamentals Readiness Assessment - 2019 Pilot Program
27 Dec 2018 Get in the Cyberstudent Spirit with the Nation's Largest Cybersecurity Student Association!
13 Dec 2018 Get in the Cyberstudent Spirit with the Nation's Largest Cybersecurity Student Association!
29 Nov 2018 Challenges for Medical Cybersecurity: Understanding the Current Crisis, Emergent Technologies, and Developing Risk Management Strategies that Reward Getting it Right
15 Nov 2018 Call for Presentation Proposals - Virtual Brown Bag Lunch
14 Nov 2018 VBBL 10: Skill Up to Scale Up
10 Oct 2018 Present, Publish, and Profit
27 Sep 2018 Machine Learning, Computing as Signal and Security
15 Sep 2018 Skill-Up to Scale Up - Intent to Commit Form
12 Sep 2018 Secure Coding Capability Assessment: Development of the Buffer Overflow Concept Inventory
8 Aug 2018 CTFs in the Classroom: Repurposing Competitions for Measured Learning
2 Aug 2018 2018 Community College Cyber Summit
30 Jul 2018 Apply to Become a Cybersecurity Skills Journal Fellow
11 Jul 2018 Enterprise Infrastructure Hardening Strategy
13 Jun 2018 Cyber Hygiene and Security Awareness
9 May 2018 An Open Source Model for Creating Competency-Based Cybersecurity Curricula
30 Aug 2017 ISSA International Conference
17 Jul 2017 High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC)
28 Jun 2017 Community College Cyber Summit (3CS)
12 Jun 2017 CISSE 2017
27 Apr 2017 2017 CyberCon 2.0 Conference
10 Apr 2017 Colorado Springs Industry Day
2 Jun 2016 ACM SIGMIS Computers and People Research Conference 2016
22 Apr 2016 Complete Cloud-Based Lab Solution Demos
26 Feb 2016 FEB. 2016 CYBER INSURANCE WEBCAST
16 Jan 2016 Non-credit Preparation Course for CompTia Security+ Certification
6 Jan 2016 Business-Higher Education Forum: Call for Proposals
19 Nov 2015 ACM SIGMIS Computers and People Research Conference Opens Call for Proposals
3 Nov 2015 2015 National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference
29 Oct 2015 National CyberWatch is National Partner in NSA Day of Cyber
1 Oct 2015 Inaugural National K-12 Cybersecurity Education Conference (2015)
1 Oct 2015 October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)
15 Aug 2015 2015 National Cyber League (NCL) Fall Season Registration Opens
30 Jul 2015 NICE 2015 Conference Opens Call for Proposals
27 Jul 2015 2015 High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC)
13 Jul 2015 2015 CReST: CyberWorkshops: Resources and Strategies for Teaching Cybersecurity in Computer Science
15 Jun 2015 2015 Colloquium for Information Security Education (CISSE)
5 May 2015 AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium
18 Apr 2015 95th American Association of Community Colleges Annual Convention

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