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    • 6 Aug 2018
    • 31 Dec 2030

    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.

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    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
    • 31 Dec 2030

    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.

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    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.

    • 22 Apr 2021
    • 16 Sep 2033
    • 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
    • 20 Aug 2021
    • 14 Jan 2034
    • Online

    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
    • 9:00 AM
    • 30 Sep 2030
    • 11:59 PM
    • Online

    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.

    • 28 Sep 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Sep 2032
    • 11:59 PM
    • Online

    The National CyberWatch Innovations in Cybersecurity Education program was launched in the winter of 2016, as part of National CyberWatch’s Awards & Recognition program.

    One of the major strengths of the National CyberWatch Center is its ability to aggregate and disseminate the capacity and creative experimentation found within our academic and workforce communities.

    The 2022 Innovations in Cybersecurity Education program (now in its 6th year), was built on the premise that our members are some of the best cybersecurity educational innovators, and that through our Center, they can share their innovations, accelerate their adoption, and receive proper recognition for their work. This publication is an example of this capacity and creativity in action.

    All National CyberWatch Center members received the online nomination form via various e-Blasts, the monthly e-Newsletter (NCC Communicator), social media campaigns, and dissemination/outreach via various partners. The deadline for submissions was May 10, 2022. Shortly after, a panel of cybersecurity educators and past Innovations winners reviewed the submissions and selected those for recognition in this publication.

    • 1 Oct 2022
    • 12:00 PM
    • 30 Sep 2024
    • 11:59 PM
    • Online

    National CyberWatch Center's

    Call for Cybersecurity Skills Development Workshop Proposals


    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 accepted on a rolling basis are evaluated in the order received.


    • 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


      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

      • 15 Oct 2022
      • 9:00 AM
      • 30 Sep 2023
      • 11:59 PM
      • Online

      Call for National CyberWatch Curriculum Standards Panel Members

      Are you interested in serving the cybersecurity education community? Consider becoming a subject matter expert serving on one or more curriculum standards panels. 

      In 2017, the Curriculum Standards Course Panel (CSCP) for Information Security Fundamentals was established. Funded by a grant from the National Security Agency (NSA), ISF CSCP applied psychometrically-valid, competency-based instructional design techniques to develop the model domain taxonomy, assessment items, instructional content, and the sequencing plan for that content necessary to overcome constraints to developing mastery of the fundamentals of Information Security. The model was designed to provide guidance towards standardization of cybersecurity curricula. Further, the model curricula facilitated rapid prototyping, development and dissemination of adaptive, accelerated learning systems that can substantially improve cybersecurity workforce capability maturity. The result was not a course in the traditional outcomes-based sense. Instead, over a six-month period, the nation's first library of Competency-Based, Mastery Learning (CBML) instructional objects for cybersecurity education was assembled. These learning modules can be mixed and matched based on learner readiness, institutional goals, and career requirements.

      The role of the Curriculum Standards Panels is to continually verify, validate, and enhance assessments, instructional materials, hands-on tutorials, and interactive challengesPanelists may contribute to one or more Topic Area Working Groups (TAWGs) based on their expertise in teaching, designing, or having relevant work experience in the focal topic area. Panelists may also apply to become a TAWG chair or vice-chair. Panel chairs and vice-chairs become members of the editorial board of the Open Educational Resource (OER) course materials library.

      Volunteer panel members are expected to contribute 3-4 hours per month as expert reviewers and evaluators of existing instructional materials. Periodically, the Curriculum Standards Program receives support from federal agencies or corporate sponsors to develop instructional materials. These funds are used to provide stipends to panel members that have been regular contributors to the public resource library of evaluated instructional materials and can increase their time commitment to develop new instructional materials.

      All panelist participants will be listed in the Creative Commons License documentation for the coursePanelists participating in at least two-thirds of all panel activities will receive a certificate and registered achievement badge which may be applied towards Continuing Professional Education (CPE) requirements.

      To apply to become a member of the Curriculum Standards Panel, please complete (or confirm if previously completed) the Registration information on this site. Also, if you have not already done so previously, please obtain (and save for future use) your anonymized Participant ID and complete the qualifications surveys at:

      Participant ID assignment: http://bit.ly/NCC-CSP

      Curriculum Standards Panel Preferences and Expertise Survey: http://bit.ly/ISF-CSP

      Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Profile: http://bit.ly/CSP-CCMA

      • 20 Oct 2022
      • 31 Dec 2023
      • Eastern Time

      Cybersecurity Regional Education Alliances for Developing Young Professionals Consortium (Cyber-Ready Professionals)

      What is Cyber-Ready Professionals?

      The Cyber-Ready Professionals Consortium is a national hub-and-spoke network of work-based learning sites at colleges and universities developed in partnership with a regional Business & Industry Leadership Team (BILT). Cybersecurity students will be enrolled in a cloud-based Competency-Based Mastery Learning (CBML) instructional system that continually assesses and develops student readiness to skillfully perform CMMC Level 1 cybersecurity functions as Cyber-Ready Resident Interns servicing small business and community organization clients. Students are assigned a virtual Certified Success Coach (CRC) to guide their development and supervise their service engagements. The CRC will apply formative assessments to construct individual development plans and coaching services needed to prepare students for one of several career pathways.