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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
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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.
    • 18 Feb 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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    On February 18th , 2020 @ 8pm EST the National Cybersecurity Student Association will be hosting an Open Office Hours session with Casey O'Brien and Gus Hinojosa. The purpose of this session is to provide an open forum where students can ask questions on any topic: pentesting, building a test lab, professional certifications, building your brand, and more.

    Casey is the Executive Director and Principal Investigator for the National CyberWatch Center. He has more than 20 years of industry experience in information security and large-scale IT implementation and project management in challenging and cutting-edge environments that include both the public and private sectors.

    Gus is the Executive Director for the National Cybersecurity Student Association. Over the past 7 years, he has completed his AAS, BA and MS in Cybersecurity, as well as an MBA. He has lead student clubs, participated in student government association (SGA), legislative task force, participated in cybersecurity competitions, planned events, regularly attend IT related conferences, master networker, on various academic boards and much more.

    If you have any questions that you would like answered, please submit them HERE.

    Zoom information will be sent after registration is complete. 

    • 27 Feb 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online
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    Cybersecurity threats and technologies change fast and it can be difficult to keep your curriculum current. Did you know that companies like IBM need to educate their clients on new technologies and you can use many of IBM's resources in your classroom free of charge?

    Join Heather Ricciuto, Academic Outreach Leader at IBM Security, for a tour of the wide variety of IBM resources available to educators and students, including course materials, open badges, how-to videos, and hands-on labs.

    Bonus: You'll find many of IBM's courses are also useful for educators looking to upgrade their own skills and earn official credentials.


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