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Spring 2016

Consortium News

CyberWatch West member schools win 2016 WRCCDC, PRCCDC

The Columbia Basin College Hawks hold aloft their Pacific Rim Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition trophy. Photo by Don McLane, used with permission.

The Columbia Basic College Hawks from Pasco, WA, won the Pacific Rim Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) April 13, despite this being the team’s first time competing. Western Washington University’s team, from Bellingham, WA, came in second.

At the Western Regional competition March 18–20, Cal Poly Pomona’s team triumphed over competitors including the University of Advancing Technology, Tempe, AZ (second place);  the University of California, Berkeley (third place); and Stanford University (fourth place).

Columbia Basin College, Western Washington University, and Cal Poly Pomona are all members of CyberWatch West, which sponsors both WRCCDC and PRCCDC.

Teams winning at the regional level traveled to San Antonio, TX, to participate in the national championship April 2224.  There the University of Central Florida defeated nine other finalist teams to earn the title of National Champion and take home the NCCDC Alamo Cup for the third year in a row.


CyberWatch West assists institutions in developing or revising their cybersecurity curriculum to map to national standards. The consortium is also working toward creating/enhancing educational pathways in cybersecurity to ensure that information assurance coursework is transferable from community colleges to four-year institutions.

New Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Course

CyberWatch West has partnered with the Critical Infrastructure Higher Education Initiative (CI HEI) at George Mason University to build a course for community colleges that addresses the technical, industry, and policy aspects of cybersecurity issues involved in SCADA and industrial control systems.

The finalized curriculum and related course materials will be introduced at a presentation at the Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) called "Teaching Cybersecurity in Critical Infrastructure Systems at Community Colleges," tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 23, at 5 p.m.

The new course is based on material from 11 graduate-level Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (CISR) courses developed at George Mason University and on Whatcom Community College's course in Industrial Control Systems (ICS). Whatcom graduates have been hired by utilities, municipalities, and small cities, where they have faced challenges such as managing waste water treatment. The course is designed to introduce students to the differences between standard IT networks and ICS networks, as well as concepts of critical infrastructure and how it relates to national security.

Not able to make it to 3CS in July? CyberWatch West Director Corrinne Sande gave an early preview of the new course at the March 25 online member meeting. CyberWatch West members with access to the members-only content on our website can log in and then download the recording of the 36-minute presentation by clicking this link.

May 27 Member Meeting: Cybersecurity Degree Pathways

At the next CyberWatch West Member Meeting, on Friday, May 27, at 9 a.m., Alan Carter, a full-time faculty member in information technology at Green River College in Auburn, WA, will discuss his college’s 2+2+2 pathway for information technology degrees.

A grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) supported the development of Green River's system of dual-enrollment IT courses taught in high schools by trained and certified instructors, which prepares hundreds of students each year for college-level work. Students can earn both high school and college credit and take free certification exams for industry-recognized credentials.

A second NSF grant has helped fund financial aid, advising, and support services for low-income and underserved students at Green River who are pursuing applied associates and bachelor's degrees in information technology. Green River offers both an associate in applied science-transfer (AAS-T) degree and a bachelor of applied science (BAS) degree in IT network administration and security.

To find out more, register to attend the online Member Meeting by following the link below:
People who register and are affiliated with CyberWatch West member institutions will be approved to attend before the start of the meeting at 9 a.m.

For more information on Curriculum Development contact:
Nancy Jones, CWW Co-PI | Curriculum Development


CyberWatch West promotes information assurance awareness, faculty skill building, and professional capacity building through faculty development programs. We assess the current skill level of faculty participants and offer focused training courses and workshops.

Two Free Online Courses for Faculty this Summer!

CyberWatch West is organizing two online courses for cybersecurity faculty development this June and July, one on open source collection/intelligence and one on the NICE Framework amd Challenges. Each class will be held once a week for five consecutive weeks, and they are both available for free to CyberWatch West members.

Introduction to Open Source Collection / Intelligence will be held on Tuesdays, June 21 through July 19, 4 to 6 p.m. Pacific daylight time. The course will be taught by Anastacia Webster, an adjunct instructor at California State University, San Bernardino. 

Today's hackers can find vasts amounts of information online—not just exploits but also highly sensitive personal information. Cybersecurity professionals need to be able to assess what data hackers can gather through social media sites, journal articles, news stories, etc. Also, cybersecurity students interested in working for government agencies will need to know how to collect and evaluate open source intelligence.

Topics covered in this class will include social media, open data, search engines, and analytical tools. After this course, you will be able to develop curriculum that integrates open source collection and analysis.

Register online for the class Introduction to Open Source Collection / Intelligence

NICE Challenge Project logoIntroduction to the NICE Framework and NICE Challenges will be held on Wednesdays, June 22 through July 20, 4 to 6 p.m. Pacific daylight time. The instructor will be Dr. Vincent Nestler, Instructional Designer, author of The Principles of Computer Security Lab Manual published by McGraw Hill, and assistant director of the Cybersecurity Center at California State University, San Bernardino.

This course will discuss the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework and help faculty understand how to integrate the framework into their curriculum. It will also walk through deployment of the NICE Challenges, realistic scenarios that can be used as part of a class, as a lab, or as homework assignments. 

Register online for the class Introduction to the NICE Framework and NICE Challenges

Explore our newly reorganized video library!

Over the past three years, CyberWatch West has recorded some sixty online meetings, presentations, and workshop sessions, making them available for free download through the CyberWatch West website.

We've just completed a reorganization of this collection, making it easier for members to download and watch all the sessions in a multi-part online course or search for particular topics that interest them.

Here are some highlights. Remember, you'll need to have members-only website access and log on before these links will work.
For more information on Faculty Development contact:
Dr. Tony Coulson CWW Co-PI | Faculty Development



CyberWatch West provides student development activities and information awareness to K-12. The Student Development program is lead by Co-PI Dr. Dan Manson who assists in the creation of new student clubs with a primary focus on cybersecurity, and getting started with cybersecurity competitions. We connect students with educational organizations, professional associations, cyber defense leagues, and internships. By participating in CyberWatch West-sponsored events, students gain relevant experience in information assurance and knowledge that prepares them for competing on a cyber defense team, while connecting with a network of professionals in the industry.

CyberWatch West launches CyberPatriot Coaching Academy

Have you wanted to get your students involved in CyberPatriot but been uncertain how to get started? CyberWatch West is providing faculty, instructors, and teachers with multiple opportunities for CyberPatriot training this spring and summer, both online and in person in Northern California.

The training is designed for middle school and high school teachers wanting to start CyberPatriot teams at their schools, as well as college faculty members interested in hosting CyberPatriot teams on their campuses.

Free two-hour online training sessions will be hosted on select Saturday mornings via WebEx:

To participate, copy and save the link above, follow it on the morning of the training, and sign in a few minutes before the event's start time. Each training session is limited to 90 participants.

CyberPatriot training will also be part of the Western Academy Support & Training Center (WASTC) Faculty Development Week at Sierra College in Rocklin, CA, June 27–July 1.

Providing the training will be CyberWatch West Co-PI Dan Manson; instructor Tobi West, who coordinates local training and competitions for middle schools and high schools to compete in CyberPatriot at Coastline Community College; Irvin Lemus, who has been a coach, mentor, and Regional Coordinator for the CyberPatriot competition for Orange County; and Luis Hernandez, coach for the CyberPatriot teams at Robert F. Kennedy Community School since the inception of a middle school division in 2013.

For more information on Student Development contact:
Dr. Dan Manson, CWW Co-PI | Student Development

Industry Partner Spotlight:

How does FireEye work with CyberWatch West to advance cybersecurity education?

“This is FireEye's third year sponsoring the Western Regional and National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC). In addition, the FireEye Network Security (NX) Platform is donated to the competing teams to assist them in defending the networks. We also host educational sessions throughout the year to educate students on cyber awareness and career path exploration.”

What does CyberWatch West membership do for you?

“For us, it’s about giving back to programs that train cybersecurity professionals. We want to help colleges continue to train teams for cyber defense competitions because we’ve seen how students who compete gain hands-on experience and develop key teamwork and communication skills. I’m pleased with the knowledge students who participate in the competitions are gaining.”

Thanks to Brooke Anderson, program lead for FireEye’s University Team in Austin, TX, for answering our questions.

Are you an Industry Partner that would like to be featured in our next quarterly e-newsletter? Email us at and let us know!


Cybersecurity Education in the News


Published May 14, 2016 ~ CyberFed YouTube Channel

This 12-minute video produced by the CyberFed Show features a discussion of Facebook open-sourcing its Capture the Flag (CTF) platform, allowing anyone to use it to develop their own cyber defense challenges and competitions.

Published April 15, 2016 ~ TEDx Talks YouTube Channel

This 6-minute talk about how crucial it is for coders to learn to design and build secure systems was given by Dan Cornell, the Chief Technology Officer of the IT consultancy firm the Denim Group, at TEDxSanAntonio on March 5, 2016.


Recent Events

SIGCSE Technical Symposium
March 2-5, 2016
Memphis, TN

CyberWatch West NVC Meeting
March 9-11, 2016
Bellingham, WA

Women in Cyber Security Conference (WiCyS)
March 31-April 2, 2016
Dallas, TX

Interop Las Vegas
May 2-6, 2016
Las Vegas, NV

Upcoming Events

National Cyber Summit
June 7-9, 2016
Huntsville, AL

June 13-15, 2016
Philadelphia, PA

Community College Cyber Summit (3CS)
July 22-24, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA

High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (Hi-TEC)
July 25-28, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA

Black Hat USA
July 30-August 4, 2016
Las Vegas, NV

Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Conference
October 26-28, 2016
Washington, DC
National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference
November 1-2, 2016
Kansas City, MO

Go to 
for a list of  upcoming events


Consortium Members

Corrinne Sande
Director/Principal Investigator

CyberWatch West - Main Office
Whatcom Community College
Bellingham, WA

Dr. Dan Manson, Co-PI
Area of Focus: Student Development

California State Polytechnic University
Pomona | Pomona, CA


Dr. Tony Coulson, Co-PI
Area of Focus: Professional Development

California State University, San Bernardino 
San Bernardino, CA

Nancy S. Jones, Co-PI
Area of Focus: Curriculum Development
Coastline Community College
Fountain Valley, CA


New Members!
February to April 2016

Community Colleges 

Central Texas College

Cerro Coso Community College

Cypress College

Lone Star College - Montgomery

Northeast Community College

Northeast Texas Community College

North Idaho College


Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University of Denver

High Schools

Irvington High School

San Bernardino County Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

CWW Members
through April 2016


Estrella Mountain Community College

Glendale Community College


American River College

Antelope Valley College

Barstow Community College

California State University — Chico

Cerritos College

Chaffey College

Citrus College

City College of San Francisco

College of San Mateo

College of the Canyons

College of the Redwoods

Consumnes Community College

Cuyamaca College

Cypress College

DeAnza College

Diablo Valley College

Evergreen Valley College

Folsom Lake College

Hartnell College

John F. Kennedy High School

Las Positas College

Long Beach City College

Los Angeles Southwest College

Los Angeles Unified School District

Los Medanos College

Monterey Peninsula College

National University

Oak Park High School

Pasadena City College

Rancho Santiago Community College District

Rio Hondo College

Riverside City College

Sacramento City College

Saddleback College

San Bernardino Valley College

San Diego City College

San Jose State University

Santa Monica College

Santa Rosa Junior College — Petaluma

Santa Ynez Valley Union High School

Sierra Joint Community College

Trident University International

Troy High School

West Los Angeles College

Yuba College


Chaparral High School

Red Rocks Community College

Regis University


Honolulu Community College

Kapi'olani Community College

Leeward Community College

University of Hawaii Maui College


St Louis Community College—Forest Park

  Missoula College - University of Montana

New Mexico

Eastern New Mexico University — Ruidoso


College of Southern Nevada

Truckee Meadows Community College


Lewis & Clark College

Linn-Benton Community College

Mt. Hood Community College

Oregon Institute of Technology

Portland Community College


Houston Community College

Texas A&M University — Corpus Christi

University of Texas at El Paso


Utah Valley University


Bates Technical College

Central Washington University

Clover Park Technical College

Columbia Basin College

Eastern Washington University

Edmonds Community College

Everett Community College

Green River College

Highline College

North Seattle College

Olympic College

Peninsula College

Tacoma Community College

The Evergreen State College

University of Washington

Western Washington University


Laramie County Community College

Cybersecurity Centers
Around the Nation


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