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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.

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    Call for Peer Reviewers and Editorial Board Members

    Are you interested in serving the cybersecurity research and education community? Consider becoming a peer reviewer or section editor for: 

    Cybersecurity Skills Journal: 

    Practice and Research

    This publication of the National CyberWatch Digital Press is the nation's first hybrid-access scholarly publication focused exclusively on cybersecurity skills. CSJ seeks to raise the capability maturity of the cybersecurity workforce through open and free dissemination of research on evidence-based practices and private access to digital tools and practice guides.

    Article authors, exceptional peer reviewers, and editorial team members become Fellows of the CSJ and are eligible for recognition awards and fellowships.  

    CSJ Associate editorship is awarded to thought leaders based on established publication record or accomplishments 

    CSJ Fellow Reviewer awards recognize high quality and/or quantity of insightful and constructive reviews

    CSJ Research Impact awards recognize highly cited and influential articles

    CSJ Practice Impact awards recognize the application of published digital assets

    • 10 Sep 2019
    • 29 May 2020

    Call for Interns

    Are you interested in serving the cybersecurity education community? Do you desire to develop research skills? Consider applying for the National CyberWatch Center Research Internship program.

    What is this about?

    The Research and Assessments division of the National CyberWatch Center is seeking individuals interested in assisting with research projects to include, but not limited to:

    • Managing relationships with research participants 
    • Managing project plans and schedules 
    • Collecting and analyzing data 
    • Preparing draft reports 
    Depending on the level of your participation you may also be listed as a co-author on related publications or credentials produced from the research.

    What does NCC Research do?

    The National CyberWatch Center Research efforts focus on promoting, sponsoring, and conducting research on cybersecurity education and workforce development. Our studies are designed to:

    • Identify current evidence-based practices that raise capability maturity and improve the security posture of organizations 
    • Encourage the development of evidence-based cybersecurity education and workforce development strategies 
    • Document the results of sponsored research projects to inform cybersecurity education and practice effectiveness 
    • Act as a clearinghouse for non-National CyberWatch conducted and sponsored research 
    • Support the development of independent, objective, sustainable, and scalable models 

    What will I be working on? 

    You can express an interest in working on one of the on-going research and development projects. As an intern, you will be assigned a Senior Researcher mentor who will work closely with you on each assigned project. The following projects are currently in need of interns:

    • Competency-based Instruction Design Pilots: Developing and testing the effectiveness of methods for designing competency-based mastery learning curriculum. 
    • Cybersecurity Skills Development Workshops: Working with the nation's leading practitioners and educators to produce short-duration (1-3 day) workshops that provide instructional content which add digital assets to the CyberWatch Curriculum Standards instructional libraries. 
    • Cybersecurity Skills Journal: Working with the nation's leading practitioners and researchers to promote, rigorously review, and publish seminal publications that advance human capabilities to effectively perform cybersecurity practice and instruction. The CSJ conducts Paper Development Workshops (PDWs) and Peer Reviewer Workshops in addition to co-hosting the Virtual Brown Bag Lunch series. 
    • Curriculum Standards Panel Program: Engaging leaders from industry, government, and academia in cataloging, designing, and validating competency-based mastery learning instructional materials, including assessments, conceptual instruction. procedural guides, case exercises, lab exercises, and challenge scenarios. 
    • Master Tutor Program: Developing the technology support, procedural guides, and assessment models needed to provide a nationwide network of subject matter experts who can advise, consult, and instruct learners who have been unable to pass through a learning threshold that is constraining their raising of capability maturity. 
    • Raise the BAR Mastery Badge Program: Designing, administering, and managing a national formative credentialing program to assist with assessing workforce and learner readiness, personal development planning, capability maturity benchmarking, and unbiased personnel recruitment, selection, and promotion that increases the workers possessing cybersecurity capability. 
    • Capability Maturity Benchmarking System: Designing, developing, administering, and managing a national comparative database of capability maturity for educators, students, and practitioners that can assist in capacity evaluation, planning, and development. 

    What type of person are we seeking?

    • Motivated students who like to learn, design, build, document, and/or evaluate processes and practices. 
    • Proactive students who enjoy exploring and figuring out directions on their own and taking initiative to define and expand planned tasks as needed to achieve the project vision and mission. 
    • Strong finishers and systematizers who constantly seek to find or improve use of productivity tools to better manage projects and tasks. 
    • Students proficient in the fundamentals of cybersecurity, including having performed well in courses in Network Fundamentals, Linux Fundamentals, Windows Server Fundamentals, Scripting Fundamentals, and Information Security Fundamentals is not a requirement, but is strongly recommended. 

    Can a graduate student apply?

    Yes, but your advisor should be supportive of the idea. With the approval of your advisor and the NCC Research Project Lead, the project you work on could be designed as a graduate thesis or dissertation.

    Why should I do this?

    • Because you’ll be working on really innovative and exciting research 
    • Because you’ll gain valuable experience as a key contributor in the design or deployment of projects with a national scope and impact 
    • Because you’ll learn research methods and gain a hands-on research experience 
    • Because you’ll have a chance to interact and network with leaders of industry, government and academia 

    Okay, I’m sold. What are the conditions?

    • Period: September 2019 - May 2020 with flexible start and end dates. As we get students from various institutions worldwide with their own semester/quarter schedule, start and end dates can be adjusted to meet your schedule. However, we only accept interns who can commit to at least 8 or more weeks. 
    • Preference will be given to students who are interested in extending the internship into the following year. Extension is not a requirement, however. At the end of the initial term, we'll discuss the possibility of extending the internship. The decision will depend on your progress, your fit with the research team, and your level of interest and commitment, among other things. 
    • Working hours are flexible but you should plan to spend 5-10 hours per week
    • This is an unpaid internship. Selected interns will be given first priority for inclusion in sponsored research projects that offer compensation to research team members. 

    How can I apply?

    Please apply by clicking the “Register” button on this web page by November 1, 2019. Your application should include the following:

    • For early consideration, please apply by January 31, 2020
    • Select the project(s) you want to work on from the list provided. 
    • Attach a Qualifications Statement about why it interests you and what you plan to contribute. If you selected more than one project, provide a statement for each. Each qualification statement should be approximately one-page in length. 
    • Link your resume, CV, or public LinkedIn page that includes your technical skillset and any research experience.
    • 15 Apr 2020
    • 17 Apr 2020
    • 2 sessions
    • Eastern Time

    Cybersecurity Skills Journal

    Paper Development Workshop (PDW)

    Special Issue on the NICE Framework

    Submissions accepted on a rolling basis until July 14th.

    Early submission ensures that your paper receives the most support and assistance from peer reviewers. 

    Why should you attend the Special Issue PDW?

    Do you have an idea or a starting draft for a paper on effective cybersecurity practice or instruction? Have you presented research at a conference but have yet to publish your study in a journal? Do you have a paper that has been rejected from a journal and you’re not sure whether, and how, to proceed? If you answered YES to any of these questions, this PDW is for you!

    In this Virtual Brown Bag Lunch Workshop, you will have an opportunity to work with members of the Cybersecurity Skills Journal Editorial Board and Peer Review Panel members in virtual breakout rooms during which prospective authors may present an idea for, or draft of, a manuscript reporting evidence-based practices, theoretical frameworks, or case studies of skilled application or instruction of cybersecurity tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs). Our focus for this year's PDW sessions is developing manuscripts for publication in the 2020 Special Issue on the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE Framework, for short).

    When you register for the session, we ask that you submit a structured abstract describing your research. For information on the elements of a structured abstract please access the Cybersecurity Skills Journal web page at:

    The purpose of the PDW is two-fold. First, we aim to provide participants insights into the actionable steps they should take to make their research more relevant for cybersecurity practitioners, instructors, and/or researchers. Second, we provide practitioner and scholar authors with developmental feedback on their current projects related to advancing the assessment, development or implementation of cybersecurity skills. While we hope that the papers will eventually be submitted to CSJ, the purpose of the PDW is broader, namely to improve the quality of cybersecurity research, to help develop and disseminate effective practices, and to bring practitioners and scholars into the conversation around skilled performance in cybersecurity.

    • 16 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Online Meeting

    Join National Cybersecurity Student Association to learn about the technical details of GenCyberCoin development that will hopefully inspire others to work on cybersecurity education projects. We will go over the frontend and backend, deployment in docker and AWS, and all the features that are available on GenCyberCoin.

    The project can be found here:

    Presenter: Dr. Vitaly Ford

    Twitter: @VitalyFord

    Date/Time: Thursday, April 16th, 8 pm ET

    Zoom information will be sent after registration is complete. 

Past events

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!
14 May 2019 Call for Curriculum Standards Panel Members
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
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
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 October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)
1 Oct 2015 Inaugural National K-12 Cybersecurity Education Conference (2015)
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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This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grant Number DUE-1204533 and DUE-1601150. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of NSF.

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