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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

    • 27 May 2020
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • 31 Jul 2020
    • 11:59 PM (EDT)
    • Eastern Time

    Peer Reviewers Needed

    Please register if you wish to participate in one or more review panels for abstracts and manuscripts submitted for the 2020 Special Issue on the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework to be published in November, 2020.

    You may also choose to opt-out of future participation in the CSJ Fellow program.

    • 1 Jun 2020
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    • 30 Sep 2020
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    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.
    • 1 Jul 2020
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    • 31 Oct 2020
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    Have you used (or tried to use?) the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework (NICE Framework) in your education, training, or career development efforts? 

    The Cybersecurity Skills Journal: Practice and Research (CSJ) is published by the National CyberWatch Center and is the nation’s first hybrid-access scholarly publication focused exclusively on cybersecurity skills. CSJ is seeking manuscript ideas and drafts that examine 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.

    You don't need a completed manuscript to submit to CSJ: an idea, abstract, or presentation is enough to get started. CSJ’s unique constructive process grounded in a structured abstract assists authors in developing their evidence-based research into a scholarly rigorous and practically relevant manuscript that may be published in the NICE Special Issue in November 2020.

    Please see our Call For Abstracts for more information about the Special Issue, and review our Author Guidelines for details on the structured abstract required of all submissions. Initial submissions should be received by July 15, 2020, to allow sufficient to develop an accepted, camera-ready manuscript by the publishing deadline of September 30, 2020.

    If you have questions about your potential submission, please reach out to us.


    CLICK HERE to access the EasyChair submission system

    • 30 Jul 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Did you know that neurodivergent people have unique abilities and skills that make them particularly successful in cybersecurity jobs? Learn how tech companies like IBM are building neurodiversity programs and leveraging the untapped neurodivergent talent pool to help fill a cybersecurity skills shortage and make their teams more diverse and inclusive.

    Join the dynamic duo - Diane Delaney and Megan Roddie - as they talk about neurodiversity and cybersecurity at IBM and the importance of having neurodivergent teams. Diane will discuss how to attract and retain neurodivergent talent, and the importance of having diversity on a cyber team. Megan will discuss how her abilities as an autistic person have helped her be a successful cyber threat researcher, and how other organizations can attract and retain neurodivergent talent. For those looking to build skills, Diane and Megan will discuss how neurodivergent talent can begin building skills and training in cyber to land a job in high-tech.

    Diane Delaney is the Program Manager for IBM’s neurodiversity initiatives. She leads the global program that focuses on education, advocacy and neurodivergent hiring. Having started her career in coding and systems engineering and eventually switching to program management, Diane has a unique perspective on the importance of building diverse and inclusive programs. Today, she applies her vast knowledge and leadership experience to build IBM’s neurodivergent-friendly hiring program around the globe.

    Megan Roddie is a Cyber Threat Analyst with IBM’s X-Force IRIS team and co-founded IBM’s Actually Autistic Task Force. Megan has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Sam Houston State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She holds a Master’s degree in Digital Forensics and is currently working on a second Master’s degree, in Information Security Engineering. As a 23-year old with Asperger's Syndrome (High Functioning Autism), Megan offers a unique perspective on her experience as a neurodivergent person in the workplace. In sharing her story and her struggles, Megan hopes to help others understand neurodivergent people, as well as encourage neurodivergent people to consider a career in cybersecurity.

    • 4 Aug 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Join us August 4th from 6-8pm ET for the 2020 Virtual 3CS. Agenda includes:

    • Keynote Speaker (TBD)
    • 2020 Innovations in Cybersecurity Education winners
    • Updates from Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA), National Cybersecurity Training & Education Center (NCYTE), and the National CyberWatch Center Directors
    • Virtual Reception

Past events

2 Jul 2020 CyberXL Challenge Review
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!
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
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
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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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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