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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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    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.

    • 28 Sep 2022
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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.

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


    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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      Download the National Cybersecurity Student Association Chapter Recruitment Sign-up Form

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      Student Chapter invoicing for the National Cybersecurity Student Association. If you have any questions, contact us. 

      You can use your credit card or mail a check to; 

      National CyberWatch Center
      Prince George Community College Foundation
      Center for Advanced Technology (CAT), Room 129C
      301 LARGO ROAD
      LARGO, MD 20774


      Gus Hinojosa Jr. 
      Director, National Cybersecurity Student Association
      ghinojosa@nationalcyberwatch.org

      • 13 Feb 2023
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      Get Introduced to Employers
      Get a Personal Coach
      Get the Skills you need to Succeed

      The National CyberWatch Center and Accenture have partnered to bring you the Cyber Ready Professionals Skills to Succeed Coaching Program. 

      Accenture's Skills to Succeed (S2S) Academy is a free online employability training program developed by Accenture. Created specifically to meet the needs of jobseekers, the Skills to Succeed Academy offers bitesize, interactive online training modules to prepare Learners for the entire journey of choosing the right career, finding a job and succeeding in the workplace.

      The training is interactive, features relatable characters and focuses on teaching people how to do things for themselves, building skills and confidence, and empowering them to take ownership for their career development and job search. Innovative simulations provide a safe environment where jobseekers can practice for real life situations, such as a job interview, instantly seeing the consequences of their decisions.

      The National CyberWatch Center certified ICF coach's, will guide you along your path to success. Watch this video HERE to learn more about the program. . S2S participating students will have the unique opportunity to experience having a personal coach, just like many corporate CEOs that you hear about in the news. Want something life-changing? This is it! 

      You MUST be a member of the National Cybersecurity Student Association and be attending the Talent Fair on March 22nd, 2024 at 6pm EST. In order to be paired with a coach, you must live in the United States at this time. 

      Click HERE to receive program updates. 

      • 2 May 2023
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      Get the Skills you need to Succeed

      The National CyberWatch Center and Accenture have partnered together to bring you the Cyber Ready Professionals Skills to Succeed Academy. 

      The Skills to Succeed Academy is a free online employability training program developed by Accenture. Created specifically to meet the needs of jobseekers, the Skills to Succeed Academy offers bitesize, interactive online training modules to prepare Learners for the entire journey of choosing the right career, finding a job and succeeding in the workplace.

      The training is interactive, features relatable characters and focuses on teaching people how to do things for themselves, building skills and confidence, and empowering them to take ownership for their career development and job search. Innovative simulations provide a safe environment where jobseekers can practice for real life situations, such as a job interview, instantly seeing the consequences of their decisions.


      • 16 May 2023
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      Last Mile Scholarship Application for 3CS Events

      Are you interested in a $500 scholarship to attend a future 2-day, 3CS Cyber Skills Development Workshop (CSDW)? Apply now secure your spot! All 3CS events are ran by the National CyberWatch Center. 

      At this time, the $500 scholarship only applies to Community Colleges students. 


      Gus Hinojosa Jr.
      Director, National Cybersecurity Student Association
      Ghinojosa@nationalcyberwatch.org


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      Download the Chapter Bylaws for the National Cybersecurity Student Association. 
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      Cybersecurity Skills Journal: Practice & Research

      Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce Special Issue

      This special issue, published in April 2023, includes a collection of dialogues, which capture a discussion among stakeholders about dilemmas or previously insurmountable challenges related to diversifying the cybersecurity workforce, 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 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.

      Click the "Register" button (upper-left) to receive the link to download this  publication.

      • 31 May 2023
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      2022 National CyberWatch Center's Annual Report

      This report highlights the tremendous impact that the CyberWatch Center has on increasing the readiness of workers, students, instructors, and researchers to meet the ever-growing threat to our nation’s security and prosperity. The CyberWatch Center’s many accomplishments would not be possible without the tremendous support and leadership provided by Dr. Corby Hovis, the ATE program director at the National Science Foundation, Dr. Falecia D. Williams, the president of Prince George’s Community College, our world-class program management team, and the hundreds of volunteers and dozens of alliance partners who guide and contribute their time, talent, and financial support of our programs.

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      Download the National Cybersecurity Student Association Chapter Inquiry Checklist


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      Thank you for inquiring about the National Cybersecurity Student Association, student chapters. Please fill out the form and we will get back to you soon. Go to https://www.cyberstudents.org/student-chapter-information/ to learn more about our student chapters. 


      National Cybersecurity Student Association
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      Download the National Cybersecurity Student Association Chapter Technology Use

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      Download the National Cybersecurity Student Association Chapter Networking Guide

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      Download the National Cybersecurity Student Association Chapter Meetings Guide

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      State of and Trends in Cybersecurity Capability Maturity
      Call for Working Papers

      These preliminary research papers explore various aspects of the state of and trends in cybersecurity capability; that is, the level of progressive improvement to perform, or the readiness to perform, critical activities or functions.

      Want to disseminate progress made in grant-funded work, presentations of research findings at conferences, or other systematic investigations? If so, consider publishing working papers of your own.

      Click the Register button in the middle-left of this window to get started.

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      SUBMIT A BLOG POST

      Student and chapter members. Interested in free marketing and branding? Submit your blog today and we will post it on our website, include it in our marketing email and and place it in the National CyberWatch bi-monthly newsletter, the Communicator. 

      The minimum word count is 500 words and the maximum word count is 1200. Please list all references cited to avoid plagiarism. If you have any further questions, please email info@cyberstudents.org.

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      • 1 Jan 2024
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      Cybersecurity Skills Journal: Practice and Research

      2024 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, and practitioners from 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. 

      Our Overview Briefing describes the types of manuscripts we publish and our iterative process. 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.  

      We periodically conduct a one-hour workshop to help prospective peer reviewers understand our mission and the details of the iterative peer review process before making a commitment to CSJIf you are interested in learning more or becoming a peer reviewer, please click the Register button. We will contact you when we are scheduling the next Peer Reviewer Workshop.

      • 1 Jan 2024
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      The National CyberWatch Center is seeking 2023-24 Cybersecurity Capabilities and Careers Symposia proposals. Please watch this page for additional announcements of the 3CS regions accepting proposals. You may submit a proposal for a region that is not listed below, and your proposal will be considered an early-bird submission that is eligible for stipends and registration discounts. Each 3CS begins with an invitation-only event for session organizers. The first 3CS session Proposal Development Workshop (PDW) for a 3CS event will be followed by the public event four to six months later.

      • 2024 Southwest 3CS Conference: September 27-28, 2024, Texas A&M - San Antonio
      • 2024 Great Lakes 3CS Conference: October 25-26, 2024, Metro State University, St. Paul, MN.
      COMING SOON
      • Southeast 3CS
      • Midwest 3CS

      Proposers of sessions for upcoming regional or national 3CS are encouraged to submit a brief abstract of their session idea. The lead author of an accepted session proposal will receive a $200 participation stipend and a travel stipend of up to $650 for regional 3CS events and up to  $2,100 for the National 3CS based on distance from the workshop venue. 

      The session leader for accepted proposals will be invited to attend a 3CS Session Proposal Development Workshop. Cybersecurity Capabilities and Careers Symposia (3CS) sessions explore or document innovative ideas, evidence-based practices, and demonstration of techniques and technologies for raising the capability maturity of the cybersecurity workforce.  Please refer to the Call for Session Proposals for further details on the dates, times, and locations.

      Session leaders receive guidance from experienced session presenters and facilitators during a one-day 3CS Session Proposal Development Workshop. Workshop mentors receive a $500 participation stipend and a travel stipend up to $650 for regional events and up to $2,100 for the National 3CS based on distance from the workshop venue. All workshop mentors are recognized as a Fellow of the Cyber Ready G-Force -- the generating force raising cybersecurity capabilities and career readiness.

      OBSERVERS WELCOME: Want to learn how to develop a successful conference, grant, or publication proposal?  If you do not have a session idea ready to present, you can attend the workshop as an observer for only $25.

      SESSION TYPES

      Dialogues (Focus Groups): A Dialogue is an exchange of ideas between experts and stakeholders, facilitated by the session moderator, highlighting different points of view, experiences, and expertise on a problem or area related to cybersecurity practices, including designing, developing, evaluating, learning, teaching, or performing cybersecurity roles and functions. The goal of a Dialogue is to discover common themes and ideas for a future systematic study that will provide evidence related to the opinions expressed by a contributor to the Dialogue. These proposals should discuss specific challenges and persistent problems related to cybersecurity education and issues of raising the capability maturity in the cybersecurity workforce. The proposal for a Dialogue session must include a list of questions the moderator will pose to the attendees.

      Evidence-Based Practices: Refers to methods or interventions that data shows to be effective or ineffective in achieving a specific outcome. The goal is to improve outcomes by using interventions that have been proven to be effective through rigorous research and avoid those that evidence suggests are ineffective, rather than relying on intuition or tradition. Example proposals could include:

      • How the project/program impacts individual competence development or organizational effectiveness.
      • Evidence that teaching or the cybersecurity practices included in a curriculum actually work.
      The Evidence-Based Practice Session proposal should list which of the following types of evidence will be presented:
      • Theory or Essay: Make claims and supporting statements without conducting a study
      • Expert opinion or (selective) qualitative literature review: A narrative listing/evaluation of information (opinion or publication) backing a claim.
      • Case study or uncontrolled observation: A narrative description of evidence to back a claim from a detailed study in one setting.
      • Case comparison or meta-synthesis (systematic review): A narrative synthesis of evidence from multiple settings that backs a claim.
      • Retrospective (cross-sectional) cohort study: One-time measure of others’ opinions using a survey or other observation to obtain correlations.
      • Prospective (longitudinal) cohort study: Repeated measure of others’ opinions using a survey or other observation to obtain correlations.
      • Quasi- or non-randomized experiment: Selectively sampled measure of predictive relationships in a natural setting using statistical controls to obtain direct and indirect effects from a model comparison.
      • Randomized controlled experimental study: Randomly sampled measure of predictive relationships in a controlled experimental setting to obtain difference scores.
      • Meta-analysis: A quantitative synthesis of evidence to produce corrected correlations (p) of predicted relationships.
      • Demonstrations: Technical demonstrations are events or activities where a product, technology, technique, or system is demonstrated to the Symposia attendees. These demonstrations are usually used to showcase the capabilities and features of the technology or technique, and to provide a hands-on experience for the audience.

      Demonstrations: Technical demonstrations are events or activities where a product, technology, technique, or system is demonstrated to the Symposia attendees. These demonstrations are usually used to showcase the capabilities and features of the technology or technique, and to provide a hands-on experience for the audience.

      Talent Fair Booth: Students or transitioning workers who wish to participate in the Talent Fair may submit a rough draft or outline of the materials they would like to present to employers in a Talent Fair booth. During a 3CS Talent Fair, job candidates are provided a trifold poster board where they display artifacts that demonstrate their job readiness. One of these artifacts is the results of the Raise the BAR assessment that the student will complete at the 3CS event. 

      Have questions? Contact us at info@nationalcyberwatch.org.

      • 12 Feb 2024
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      Get Introduced to Employers

      Get a Personal Coach

      Get the Skills you need to Succeed

      The National CyberWatch Center and Accenture have partnered to bring you the Cyber Ready Professionals Skills to Succeed Coaching Program.

      Accenture's Skills to Succeed (S2S) Academy is a free online employability training program developed by Accenture. Created specifically to meet the needs of jobseekers, the Skills to Succeed Academy offers bitesize, interactive online training modules to prepare Learners for the entire journey of choosing the right career, finding a job and succeeding in the workplace.

      The training is interactive, features relatable characters and focuses on teaching people how to do things for themselves, building skills and confidence, and empowering them to take ownership for their career development and job search. Innovative simulations provide a safe environment where jobseekers can practice for real life situations, such as a job interview, instantly seeing the consequences of their decisions.

      The National CyberWatch Center certified ICF coach's, will guide you along your path to success. S2S participating students will have the unique opportunity to experience having a personal coach, just like many corporate CEOs that you hear about in the news. Want something life-changing? This is it!

      Click HERE for the coaching program application.

      This program is ONLY for students who are in North America.

      NCSA Premium 1-yr memberships will receive 1st dibs!

      After you register, you will be sent a link for the webcast recording and PPTX slides. 



      • 19 Feb 2024
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      You will receive a Webcast link of the recording upon completing the form via email.

       

      Raise the BAR Mastery Badge Program: A Formative Credentialing of Cybersecurity Capability Maturity

      Introducing the CyberWatch Microcredentials for Secure Computing:

      Description: This session will review and provide an opportunity to try out formative credentialing assessments that are part of the upcoming CyberWatch Microcredentials for Secure Computing. The BAR acronym stands for Behaviorally Anchored Rating. Much evidence shows that when BAR scales, based on the tasks that must be performed to excel in a career position, are used to evaluate capability maturity, the results are less biased and more accurate predictors of future job performance. The previous Raise the BAR assessments have been used by companies, such as IBM, to identify the most qualified candidates for open positions. This year’s program will also include the Core Concept Readiness Inventories which assess your stock of knowledge in four fundamental domains of information security:

      1) C-I-A Triad

      2) Controls, Threats & Attacks

      3) Cryptography

      4) Security Testing, Engineering, and Operations

      The Information Security Fundamentals Readiness Assessment will provide a proficiency profile and opportunity to earn badges in recognition for demonstration of conceptual understanding of the prerequisite knowledge for a career in information security and readiness to fully benefit from an information security fundamentals course. The Information Security Fundamentals Readiness Assessment is therefore ideal for a student who is in the beginning or middle of their educational program but can be of value to any student who wishes to demonstrate to prospective employers that they possess the knowledge required to apply information security concepts in information technology and networking job roles that are the feeders into cybersecurity specialist jobs. The complete Information Security Readiness Assessment takes about 30 minutes to complete.

      The Core Concept Readiness Inventories will provide a proficiency profile and opportunity to earn badges in recognition for demonstration of conceptual understanding of the core concepts of information security within the four domains listed above. These assessments are most appropriate for students who have completed a course in information security fundamentals. These concepts must be mastered to meet the requirements for jobs in Systems Engineering or an entry-level cybersecurity job as a Cybersecurity Technician or Specialist. Each of the four Core Concept Readiness Assessments will require about 15-30 minutes to fully complete.

      Question(s): Email us at info@nationalcyberwatch.org

      • 30 Mar 2024
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