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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.

    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
    • 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.

    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
    • 31 Oct 2021
    • 11:59 PM
    • Online

    Cybersecurity Skills Journal Special Issue

    Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce

    Call for Abstracts

    The Cybersecurity Skills Journal (CSJ) is a double-blind peer-reviewed journal published by the National CyberWatch Center Digital Press. The goal of CSJ is to stimulate professional discussion and advance the interdisciplinary field of cybersecurity through the publication of scholarly works of value and interest to the profession. 

    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. Authors should review the Manuscript Content Guidelines to understand the specifications for practice, instructional design, or research manuscripts.

    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

    Submission Information

    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.

    All CSJ manuscript submissions must include a structured, extended abstract that summarizes the manuscript. 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. For further information on the structured abstract format please refer to the Cybersecurity Skills Journal Author Guidelines.

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

    For more information, review the Special Issue Overview Presentation

    Request to attend a Paper Development Workshop 

    To register click here.

    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)

    • October 31st - Abstract submissions close 

    • December 15th - Manuscript submissions due

    • 22 Apr 2021
    • 16 Sep 2033
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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
    • 31 Dec 2021

    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
    • 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.

    • 8 Sep 2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • 24 Dec 2021
    • 5:30 PM
    • Eastern Time

    Request to attend a

    Cybersecurity Skills Journal

    Abstract and Paper Development Workshop (PDW)

    Special Issue on Diversifying the Cybersecurity Workforce

    Submissions considered until October 31st 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.

    • 22 Sep 2021
    • 29 Oct 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • Eastern Time

    Skill Up to Scale Up: Cybersecurity Regional Education Alliances for Developing Young Professionals (Cyber-READY Professionals) Consortium


    David H. Tobey

    Executive Director and Principal Investigator

    National CyberWatch Center

    Terrance Campbell

    Co-Principal Investigator

    YOUR Center and Tennessee State University

    What are we proposing to do?

    The Cyber-READY Professionals Consortium will create a network of work-based learning sites centered at community colleges in partnership with industry and regional universities. The Cyber-READY program will enroll cybersecurity students in a cloud-based co-curricular instructional system that continually assesses conative readiness and improves cognitive readiness to succeed. A virtual mentor (CRC) will be assigned to each student to collaborate with their faculty instructors to raise success rates of cybersecurity students in institutions primarily dedicated to populations underrepresented in the cybersecurity profession. The CRC will apply formative assessments to construct individual development plans and coaching services needed to prepare students for one of several career pathways.

    How to learn more?

    Join us for an information session about an opportunity to participate in one or more grant proposals to federal agencies supporting the Skill Up to Scale Up program operated by the National CyberWatch Center. This session will present and answer questions about the Cyber-READY Professionals Consortium that seeks to increase the readiness of underrepresented populations to succeed in developing cybersecurity skills and entering a cybersecurity career pathway. 

    Presentation: 30-45 Minutes

    Q&A: 15-30 Minutes



    Session Times (please attend at least one):

    1. 22 Sep 2021, 3:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
    2. 1 Oct 2021, 2:00 PM 3:30 PM (EDT)  
    3. 8 Oct 2021, 2:00 PM 3:30 PM (EDT)  
    4. 15 Oct 2021, 2:00 PM 3:30 PM (EDT)

    5. 22 Oct 2021, 2:00 PM 3:30 PM (EDT)

    6. 29 Oct 2021, 2:00 PM 3:30 PM (EDT)

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    • 30 Sep 2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • 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.

    • 28 Oct 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online Meeting

    Join us on Oct. 28th from 2-3pm EDT as Lori Sussman, the University of Southern Maine, discusses her 2021 Best Submission selection from the 2021 Innovations in Cybersecurity Education program, "Creation of a Cybersecurity Ambassador Program and Using it to Promote Cybersecurity Skills During the Pandemic." The Cybersecurity Ambassador Program (CAP) provides graduate and undergraduate students opportunities to use the cybersecurity knowledge, skills, and abilities acquired at the university to raise awareness in the community.

    Date: October 28, 2021

    Time: 2-3pm EDT

    Host: Casey W. O'Brien

    Zoom information will be sent after registration is complete.