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    • 6 Aug 2018
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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
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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
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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
    • 1 Jun 2021
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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 ongoing 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 adds 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 the 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 the 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?

    • Internship Duration: Our research interns come from a wide variety of institutions worldwide with their own semester/quarter schedule. Consequently, start and end dates can be adjusted to meet your schedule. However, we only accept interns who can commit to at least 24 or more weeks with preference given to applications for an annual commitment. 
    • 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. Your application should include the following:

    • 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.
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    • 20 Aug 2021
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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.



    • 8 Sep 2021
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    • 24 Dec 2021
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    Request to attend a

    Cybersecurity Skills Journal

    Abstract and Paper Development Workshop (PDW)

    Special Issue on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce

    Submissions considered until November 30th with priority provided to submissions received by July 31st.

    Abstracts are considered on a first-in, first-reviewed basis. Early submission ensures that your abstract receives the most support and assistance from peer reviewers. Acceptable manuscripts that are not completed in time to be published in the Special Issue will be included in future CSJ issues. 


    Why should you attend the PDW?

    In a Paper Development Workshop, you will have an opportunity to work with members of the Cybersecurity Skills Journal Editorial Board and Peer Review Panel to discuss your 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). Workshops will be scheduled periodically either for individual authors or small groups of authors.

    The purpose of a 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.

    When you register for the session, if you have not already done so, 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: csj.nationalcyberwatch.org.

    Please submit an abstract or interest in developing a paper for the special issue please click the link below:

    Call for Abstracts: CSJ Special Issue on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce

    Click the "Register" button to submit your request for participating in an Abstract or Paper Development Workshop.

    • 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.

    • 31 Dec 2021
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    Special Issue on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce

    --Call for Facilitated Virtual Focus Groups--

    Seeking dialogues about challenges and opportunities

    Although several recent publications discuss the current state of diversity in the cybersecurity workforce, little is known about the factors that influence the interest, engagement, development, recruitment, retention, and advancement of broadening participation in cybersecurity functions and roles that could expand and enhance the cybersecurity talent pool. To encourage community discussions on these critical issues, and as part of the current Call for Abstracts on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce, the Cybersecurity Skills Journal (CSJ) invites practitioners, scholars, and educators to propose virtual focus groups on specific challenges and persistent problems related to issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the cybersecurity workforce. Discussion from these focus groups will result in a Dialogue, a new type of manuscript that captures a discussion among stakeholders about emerging issues, dilemmas or previously insurmountable challenges to cybersecurity skill assessment, development, recruitment, or evaluation.

    Focus groups will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022 and will run between 90 and 120 minutes, with sessions starting at 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM (Eastern). CSJ will facilitate the focus groups and the creation of Dialogues for submission by providing a virtual platform for the focus group discussion and recording the session. Individual focus group organizers will receive both an audio recording and an automatic transcription of their recording. Organizers must review and edit the transcript as necessary, provide biographical sketches for all participants, and provide an introduction and summary remarks before submitting the Dialogue to the CSJ SI Call for Abstracts by January 31, 2022.

    A focus group may discuss issues related to potential DEI dimensions such as those listed in the Call for Abstracts. Alternatively, a focus group may share experiences or outcomes from current DEI efforts, or brainstorm on potential DEI interventions suggested in the Call for Abstracts. Proposers also may choose to gather stakeholders to discuss a challenge or recommendation from a publication cited above.

    Preference will be given to sessions that include one or more invited participants that are stakeholders (e.g., specific underrepresented populations, hiring managers, CISOs, human resources, learners, educators, government, academia, industry, K12, higher ed, etc.) impacted by the topic of the focus group, or that otherwise make direct connections between a DEI issue or intervention, and improving the capabilities of the cybersecurity workforce.

    REFERENCES

    Aspen Digital, “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Cybersecurity.” The Aspen Institute, Washington, DC. August 2021. https://www.aspeninstitute.org/publications/dei-in-cybersecurity/

    Google, “2021 Diversity Annual Report”. https://diversity.google/annual-report/

    (ISC)². Cybersecurity Workforce Study: Women in Cybersecurity. https://www.isc2.org/Research/Women-in-Cybersecurity

    National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2021). Looking Ahead at the Cybersecurity Workforce at the Federal Aviation Administration. https://www.nap.edu/read/26105/chapter/1

    Reed, J., & Acosta-Rubio, J. (2018). Innovation Through Inclusion: The Multicultural Cybersecurity Workforce. https://www.isc2.org/Research/Cybersecurity-Diversity#


    • 21 Jan 2022
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    Facilitated Virtual Focus Groups on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce

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    The Cybersecurity Skills Journal is hosting an event to facilitate conversations about specific challenges and opportunities in diversifying the cybersecurity workforce. Discussions from the event will be published as Dialogues in the upcoming Special Issue on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce.


    Cybersecurity Skills Journal (CSJ) invites practitioners, scholars, and educators to participate in virtual focus groups on specific challenges and persistent problems related to issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the cybersecurity workforce. Discussion from these focus groups will result in a Dialogue, a new type of manuscript that captures a discussion among stakeholders about emerging issues, dilemmas or previously insurmountable challenges to cybersecurity skill assessment, development, recruitment, or evaluation.

    Focus groups will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022 and will run between 90 and 120 minutes, with sessions starting at 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM (Eastern). CSJ will facilitate the focus groups and the creation of Dialogues by providing a virtual platform for the focus group discussion. Conversations will be recorded  and published in a Special Issue of the Cybersecurity Skills Journal. Participants in the event will receive an electronic copy of the Special Issue in the first quarter of 2022.

    A focus group may share experiences or outcomes from current DEI efforts, or brainstorm on potential DEI interventions.  Registration will close on January 19, 2022.


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