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    • 6 Aug 2018
    • (EDT)
    • 31 Dec 2030
    • (EST)

    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



    Raising the BAR of Cybersecurity Capability Maturity


    Meeting Industry Needs for Secure Software Development 

    Have My Smart Lightbulbs Been Weaponized?


    Competency is Not a Three Letter Word 

    3CS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY RESOURCE GUIDE Pathway Section: Fundamentals 

    Pathway Section: Specialty Areas


    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
    • (EST)
    • 31 Dec 2030
    • (EST)

    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



    The CYBER security - Competency Health and Maturity Progression


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

    Exploring Cognitive Processes to Develop Cybersecurity Defender Proficiency


    Wireless Security: Examining the next NICE Framework Iteration 


    Cybersecurity Intelligence: A Novel Information Security Threat Mitigation


    Does Cybersecurity Education Focus on the Right Things?

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

    • 1 Feb 2021
    • 12:00 AM (EST)
    • 31 Jul 2021
    • 11:59 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Cybersecurity Skills Journal Special Issue

    Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce

    Call for Abstracts

    Ongoing shortages of cybersecurity talent are a widely recognized problem. Researchers have been arguing for more holistic perspectives on this problem for the past ten years (e.g., Assante & Tobey, 2011; Furnell & Bishop, 2020; Hoffman, Burley & Toregas, 2012). Yet 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. In this Special Issue, we invite practitioners, scholars, and educators to propose or report systematic and rigorous investigations of the contributing causes, mediating or moderating influences, and evidence-based solutions for diversifying the cybersecurity workforce. 

    Diverse perspectives are essential for driving innovation and addressing the critical cybersecurity skills gap. A recent survey by Glassdoor found that three-quarters of job seekers and employees believe that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce and diverse perspectives are important when evaluating new employment or advancement opportunities in organizations. Furthermore, nearly two-thirds (63%) thought that employers should be doing more to increase workforce diversity. Why? According to HR.com increased workforce diversity is associated with higher morale, greater productivity, increased creativity for problem-solving, successful international expansion, and can generate return on investment exceeding 150% from turnover reduction in the first year alone. 

    Do you have models, data, systematic review, cases, or instructional designs that suggest how our nation can succeed in diversifying the cybersecurity workforce?  If so, we invite you to submit a paper proposal or draft abstract that conforms to the structured abstract format specified in the Cybersecurity Skills Journal Author Guidelines. Not all sections of the abstract template are initially required, but you must complete at least the first three sections for your abstract to be considered and be assigned a peer mentoring panel that will assist you in further developing a manuscript suitable for publication in CSJ.

    Submission Types

    The Cybersecurity Skills Journal (CSJ) Special Issue on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce will publish three types of papers: articles, notes, and dialogues.

    CSJ Articles support replication, validation, and generalization of practice, research, and instructional methods and results. Due to the depth of analysis required, an article will typically be between 7,500 and 15,000 words. CSJ Notes inspire conceptualizing, applying, investigating, or experimenting with nascent ideas. Abstracts for CSJ Articles have a structured format discussed in the author guidelines. At least the first three sections of the structured abstract form must be completed with your registration of an abstract submitted for review by the CSJ editorial staff. Selected abstracts will receive a double-blind review by a panel of up to ten peers. Once accepted, further development of the abstract and associated paper will be guided and mentored by the peer reviewers.

    CSJ Notes explore uncharted territory, rather than seeking to confirm or disconfirm the results of prior literature as is done in an article. A note will propose or review new or emerging domains, principles, techniques, or tools. Accordingly, a CSJ Note is much shorter than an article, typically between 1,000 and 2,500 words. The note is, in effect, an extended abstract that could be subsequently developed into an article for a future issue of CSJ. 

    CSJ Dialogues are being introduced with this Special Issue. The purpose of this paper is to capture a discussion among stakeholders to dilemmas or previously insurmountable challenges to cybersecurity skill assessment, development, recruitment, or evaluation. CSJ Dialogues may be edited recordings of a focus group session, interviews with subject matter experts, or conversations between tor more practitioners, scholars, or educators exploring the goals, success factors (objectives), and effective practices for successful mitigation or resolution of problems or taking full advantage of opportunities facing the cybersecurity community. A dialogue abstract will include a problem definition, an initial list of open-ended questions, and brief bios of individuals who will be (or were) conversing about the issue(s) to be the prime focus of the dialogue.


    Special Issue Topics                                            


    Age, Assigned sex, Bias, Citizenship, Criminal background, Cultural identity, Education / Degree type, Ethnicity, Ethodiversity, Exceptionalities, Gender identity, Ideology, Intersectionality, Language, Life experiences, Location, National Origin, Neurodiversity, Personality, Race, Sexual orientation, Single Head of Household, Socioeconomic Status


    Apprenticeship, Broadening Participation, Building/sustaining teams, Career Discovery and Exploration, COVID 19, Culturally-sensitive teaching, Equity (Distributive/Pay), Equity (Procedural),  Human Factors,  Impact of AI & Automation, Inclusion, Internship, Lessons from other fields, Mentoring,  Organizational policies, Parenting, Professional growth, Recruitment, Remote Work, Reskilling/Upskilling, Retention, Senior career pathways, Training, Veterans, Work-life balance

    Special Issue Publication Timeline (all dates are approximate)

    • February 1st - Call for Abstracts Opens (Submissions reviewed monthly)

    • February 17th 4 pm ET - Call for Abstracts FAQ Zoom Conference

    • July 31st - Early Abstract Submission Deadline (Prioritized for publication)

    • September 30th - Abstract submissions close 

    • December 15th - Manuscript submissions due 

    Author Assistance and Support


    Interested in Reviewing for CSJ? Attend one of:

    Have questions? Uncertain what next steps to take to produce a structured abstract? 

    For more information, review the Special Issue Overview Presentation

    Attend the next Paper Development Workshop 

    To register click here.

    • 24 Feb 2021
    • (EST)
    • 16 Jul 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 12 sessions
    • Eastern Time

    Cybersecurity Skills Journal

    Abstract and Paper Development Workshop (PDW)

    Special Issue on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce

    Rolling acceptance of submissions until July 31st.

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

    Why should you attend the PDW?

    In this Paper Development 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 2021 Special Issue on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce.

    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.

    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 register your abstract or interest in developing a paper for the special issue here:

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

    • 10 Mar 2021
    • (EST)
    • 9 Jul 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Eastern Time

    Peer Review Workshop

    Attend any one workshop session.

    Workshops occur on the first full week of each month on Wednesday and Friday from 4:00 - 5:00 pm EDT

    Click the Register button below the peer review workshop date listing on the left.

    In this Peer Review Workshop, members of the Editorial Board will discuss the CSJ's unique constructive review process in which large peer reviewer panels assist authors in developing their research towards a scholarly rigorous, practically relevant publication in the Cybersecurity Skills Journal.

    During this workshop, you will learn about the CSJ collaborative review process and how it differs from most other journals. This process seeks to leverage the expertise from a diverse set of reviewers to guide authors in developing a practically relevant, systematically investigated publication targeting cybersecurity research, practice, or education.

    You may review your profile by returning to this event and clicking the "Already Registered" link. If you wish to update your profile, including opting-out of future participation in the CSJ Fellow program, please email the CSJ Journal Administrator, Dr. David Tobey at dtobey@nationalcyberwatch.org.

    • 22 Apr 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 16 Sep 2033
    • (EDT)
    • Online

    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

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