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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
    • 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.



    • 30 Sep 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 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.

    • 16 Mar 2022
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    Cybersecurity Skills Journal: Practice and Research

    Call for Peer Reviewers!

    The Cybersecurity Skills Journal (CSJ) is seeking members of the broader cybersecurity stakeholder community --including graduate students, educators, researchers, tech innovators, practitioners, government and industry-- to join our growing community of peer reviewers. Peer reviewers are essential to publishing research that integrates and expands the methods, processes, and evidence of effective practices for skillful performance of cybersecurity job functions and roles. 

    At CSJ, there is not a single, one-time review of an author’s submission. A panel of 10 peer reviewers representing different stakeholder communities and areas of expertise conducts an initial blind review of an author’s idea. If a panel accepts the idea for further development, its members provide collegial and constructive feedback as the author(s) iteratively develop first the structured abstract as detailed in our Author Guidelines, and then the completed manuscript.  

    The current Special Issue Overview describes the types of manuscripts we publish and our iterative process. We provide a one-hour workshop for prospective peer reviewers, to help them understand our mission and the details of the iterative peer review process before making a commitment to CSJ.

    If you are interested in learning more or becoming a peer reviewer, please sign up below. The next Peer Reviewer Workshops will be held from 2:00 - 3:00 pm Eastern Time on:

    Registration now open for all dates!

    • 30 Mar 2022
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    • 1 Aug 2022
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    National CyberWatch Center's

    Call for Cybersecurity Skills Development Workshop Proposals

    About

    Designed to develop capabilities that are essential to the effective performance of cybersecurity job roles, as well as helping to grow faculty and program capacity at 2/4-year schools. Proposals must be submitted by August 1, 2022.


    Compensation

    • Grant-supported advance stipend for workshop development
             - $2,500 per workshop upon acceptance of course learning materials
    • Facilitator pay for Workshop delivery  
             - $3,000 to 8,000 per full-day based on percentage of capacity sold
    • Royalties of Workshop content subscriptions after the first year
             - 10% of subscription fees for workshop content license renewals

      Differentiator

      Traditional workshops focus on exposure to new techniques, tools, and instructional materials (i.e., train-the-trainer) by conveying information about a topic. While valuable information is provided, workshop attendees don't usually have sufficient time to develop a deep understanding and to practice application of new knowledge necessary to develop skills. Assessments are often omitted or are limited to a summative test without a detailed review of errors or omissions. Workshop attendee are on their own to address any failed understanding or misapplications after the workshop ends. Consequently, traditional workshop attendees frequently fail to retain knowledge of workshop concepts and techniques or are unable to transfer the new learning to workplace/academic scenarios.

      By contrast, the Cybersecurity Skills Development Workshops (CSDWs) are designed to develop mastery in skillfully applying techniques, tactics, tools, protocols, or procedures through competency-based instructional designs. These workshops focus on developing deep understanding through continual, formative assessment of knowledge development designed to identify and eradicate misunderstanding and misconception. Furthermore, CSDW participants practice applying the newly-gained knowledge under varying conditions or scenarios to facilitate transfer to the workplace/academic setting. Finally, CSDW attendees receive a year's subscription to a self-paced instructional system to continue their development after the workshop ends. Consequently, CSDWs assist in raising the capability maturity and readiness of students, faculty, practitioners, or policymakers to adopt and adapt the latest effective practices for performing cybersecurity functions and roles.

      CSDWs apply advances in:

      • Formative assessments, which are designed to detail the areas of strengths and weaknesses of the learner, as continually applied, and guide the next learning path
      • Adaptive learning systems, to ensure the achievement of mastery in understanding, applying, and adapting cybersecurity practices
      • Micro-credentialing, to recognize the level of capability maturity exhibited by the workshop participant as Proficient, Competent, or a Master of the new capability

      Workshop Formats
      Ranging from half-, one-, or two-day workshops focused on a single capability, to multi-week virtual offerings.

      CSDW Facilitator Deliverables:

      • Concept Matrix (glossary)
      • Open-sourced or developed instructional materials
      • Open-sourced or developed hands-on exercises (e.g., procedures to be executed)
      • Scenario-based exercises (e.g., the way in which you administer a system depends on the operating system)

      Proposed Workshop Domains

      Like a textbook, a traditional workshop is divided into some number of topics/domains, with domains addressing several defined concepts. In contrast, a CSDW is organized by the responsibilities to be competently performed in the workplace, which is decomposed into the tasks to be executed and the concepts and techniques required to skillfully perform a task.


      Proposals for Workshop domains might include, but are not limited to the following:

      • Analyze network traffic
      • Limit information system access to authorized users and processes
      • Authenticate (or verify) the identities of those users, processes, or devices, as a prerequisite to allowing access to organizational information systems
      • Monitor, control, and protect organizational communications (i.e., information transmitted or received by organizational information systems) at the external boundaries and key internal boundaries of the information systems
      • Update malicious code protection mechanisms when new releases are available

      Example CSDW

      Hands-On Cryptography


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      • 14 Apr 2022
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      • 1 Jun 2022
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      The Cybersecurity Skills Journal (CSJ) is pleased to announce opportunities to expand the editorial board. CSJ is produced by the CyberWatch Digital Press. 

      As a guiding principle, we believe that CSJ leadership requires the involvement of a diverse set of stakeholder groups, including educators, students, administrators, employers, policy-makers, and vendors, especially those from underrepresented populations. 

      Click the Register Button to Volunteer for a Committee

      We seek to broaden and deepen the participation in every aspect of journal operations. Deepening the experience of our talent pool, both experienced and newly learning, will support continued refinement, improvement, and growth of the journal and its Special Issue (SI) volumes in future years. 

      Board members will be eligible for stipends based on time commitments and committee participation. The registration form provides a brief overview of each committee and the time commitment required.

      We will be conducting information sessions with those who register to learn  their ideas and interest in becoming a member of the board. We would like to have the expanded committees in place by early June. We look forward to receiving your registration of interest in joining us to make this and future year's journal publications the best yet. 

      Sincerely,

      Laurin Buchanan, Managing Editor

      Dr. David H. Tobey, Editor-in-Chief


      • 16 May 2022
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      The National CyberWatch Center (NCC) is seeking to hire the nation's experts in cybersecurity concepts and techniques related to computing and information technology to form the Curriculum Standards Panel (CSP) programs in  Computing Fundamentals (CF) and Information Technology Fundamentals (ITF). The panel selection process is highly competitive, including an assessment of related cybersecurity capability maturity.

      Panel chairs will receive a stipend of $9,000 upon project completion. Panelist members will receive a stipend of $1,500 upon project completion. Stipends for panel chairs and members are provided courtesy of grants from the Critical Infrastructure Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. 

      Two panelists will be selected as the Course Panel Chairs. All panelists will have the opportunity to become Cybersecurity Skills Development Workshop facilitators. Panel members who develop and facilitate workshops receive additional compensation, including ongoing royalties from licensing of the workshop course cartridge, please click the link below. https://nationalcyberwatchcenter.wildapricot.org/event-4714641

      The CSP program is producing the nation's first cybersecurity curricula designed using Competency-Based, Mastery Learning (CBML) instructional design methods. Studies conducted by the National CyberWatch Center show that CBML courses more than double the number of students achieving proficiency and competency in cybersecurity functions and roles. For further information on the CSP program, see https://www.nationalcyberwatch.org/csp/


      • 18 May 2022
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      Sign up for the Volunteer Workshop on Wednesday, May 18th 12pm EST via Zoom. If you have questions, contact Gus Hinojosa Jr. at ghinojosa@nationalcyberwatch.org. 

      • 22 May 2022
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      Thank you for confirming your Volunteer efforts at the 2022 3CS Conference. Please check in at the Registration desk when your arrive to find out your volunteer location. 

      Volunteers can receive up to 2 paid nights at the Marriott Hotel from May 23-25th, 2020. Room are limited and on a first come 1st serve basis. Contact Gus to let us know your interested. If you have questions, contact

      Gus Hinojosa
      ghinojosa@nationalcyberwatch.org
      (414) 544-4496

      Best regards,

      National CyberWatch Center


      • 3 Jun 2022
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      Cybersecurity Skills Journal Special Issue

      Evidencing Competencies: Progress from Funded Research

      Peer Reviewer Workshop

      Click the button to register for the June 3rd workshop.

      In this Peer Reviewer 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.

      The current Special Issue Overview describes the types of manuscripts we publish and our iterative process. We provide a one-hour workshop for prospective peer reviewers, to help them understand our mission and the details of the iterative peer review process before making a commitment to CSJ.

      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.


      • 15 Jun 2022
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      Cybersecurity Skills Journal Special Issue

      Evidencing Competencies: Progress from Funded Research


      Proposal Development Workshop for CSJ Submissions

      The Cybersecurity Skills Journal is seeking ideas and drafts for Articles, Notes and Dialogues that impact cybersecurity practice, improve learning, and advance the state of the cybersecurity workforce’s capability maturity and which arise from recent funded research. Abstracts may address any aspect of research into cybersecurity but must align with the Journal’s mission: emphasis should be placed on enhancing the capabilities of the cybersecurity practitioner, educator, or researcher, not on technology. For further information, please review the Special Issue on Evidencing Competencies Call for Abstracts.

      The goal of the Proposal Development Workshop is to assist authors in thinking through the definition of the problem, the research question(s), and the contribution in preparation for submission of an abstract in response to the Call for Abstracts.

      Register here to attend the workshop on June 15th from 1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern Time.

      Prospective authors must review our Overview Presentation before attending the Proposal Development Workshop. This presentation will help you to understand the special issue focus, types of manuscripts, initial submission requirements, and timeline before submitting their ideas.

      Cybersecurity Skills Journal authors benefit from exceptional support including but not limited to constructive advice received from 10-person peer review and mentoring panels. We encourage authors to submit rough ideas initially that may be iteratively developed into an appropriate manuscript format.

      • 8 Jul 2022
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      Cybersecurity Skills Journal Special Issue

      Evidencing Competencies: Progress from Funded Research

      Peer Reviewer Workshop

      Click the button to register for the July 8th workshop.

      In this Peer Reviewer 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.

      The current Special Issue Overview describes the types of manuscripts we publish and our iterative process. We provide a one-hour workshop for prospective peer reviewers, to help them understand our mission and the details of the iterative peer review process before making a commitment to CSJ.

      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.


      • 13 Jul 2022
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      Cybersecurity Skills Journal Special Issue

      Evidencing Competencies: Progress from Funded Research


      Proposal Development Workshop for CSJ Submissions

      The Cybersecurity Skills Journal is seeking ideas and drafts for Articles, Notes and Dialogues that impact cybersecurity practice, improve learning, and advance the state of the cybersecurity workforce’s capability maturity and which arise from recent funded research. Abstracts may address any aspect of research into cybersecurity but must align with the Journal’s mission: emphasis should be placed on enhancing the capabilities of the cybersecurity practitioner, educator, or researcher, not on technology. For further information, please review the Special Issue on Evidencing Competencies Call for Abstracts.

      The goal of the Proposal Development Workshop is to assist authors in thinking through the definition of the problem, the research question(s), and the contribution in preparation for submission of an abstract in response to the Call for Abstracts.

      Register here to attend the workshop on July 13th from 1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern Time.

      Prospective authors must review our Overview Presentation before attending the Proposal Development Workshop. This presentation will help you to understand the special issue focus, types of manuscripts, initial submission requirements, and timeline before submitting their ideas.

      Cybersecurity Skills Journal authors benefit from exceptional support including but not limited to constructive advice received from 10-person peer review and mentoring panels. We encourage authors to submit rough ideas initially that may be iteratively developed into an appropriate manuscript format.