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Winter 2017

Consortium News

Cybersecurity Working Group Gathers in Denver for CyberWatch West Industry Night

Nearly 100 students, teachers, and representatives of government agencies and the cybersecurity industry gathered at an Industry Night at Regis University in October to discuss how to develop Colorado’s cybersecurity workforce.

Sponsored by CyberWatch West, the dinner meeting was an opportunity for planning by the cybersecurity working group that grew out of the initial Industry Night hosted by Regis University and CyberWatch West last May. The event focused on ways to encourage students (especially female students) to pursue careers in cybersecurity.

The group made plans to collaborate on a CyberGirlz workshop to be held at Regis University in March 2017. Organizers are looking for sponsors and volunteers for the event, particularly women in STEM fields who can serve as role models.

Guests at the October 11 event enjoyed a panel discussion featuring women working on cybersecurity issues or in cybersecurity education:
  • Jory Maes, Colorado’s Infrastructure Protection Program Manager with the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Analyn Alquitran, coach of Rangeview High School’s CyberPatriot team, which reached the National Finals in 2014
  • Jocelyn Nguyen-Reed, coach of the Cherry Creek High School CyberPatriot team that placed second in the Open Division of the 2016 national competition
School districts from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs sent students and teachers to Denver to attend the event and learn how to get involved in cybersecurity summer camps and competitions like CyberPatriot. The panelists emphasized that competitions aren’t just about winning, but about students developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will serve them well no matter what careers they choose.

Associate Professor Dan Likarish of Regis University, who co-facilitated the event with CyberWatch West Co-PI Dr. Dan Manson, attributed the excellent turnout to support from the Denver chapters of the ISACA (previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association) and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).

These associations encourage local firms to support employees who coach teams or mentor students, Professor Likarish said. Such support can take the form of continuing professional education (CPE) hours or paid time off for community service.

The local chapters of ISACA and ISSA are also discussing ways to support female students’ attendance at the Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference (RMISC), May 9-11, 2017 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.


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.

CyberWatch West Unveils New Course "Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity" 

Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity course materials

On January 18, 2017. CyberWatch West launched a new course designed specifically for community colleges, “Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” with a free webinar. 

The course was created in collaboration with George Mason University’s Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, leveraging its graduate-level coursework to produce an introductory course suitable for community colleges wanting to add this topic to their curriculum. CyberWatch West sponsored and published the course, making it available for instructors to use and adapt under a Creative Commons license.

Course materials, which can be accessed and downloaded at http://librarywp.whatcom.edu/press/cic/, include:

  • 11 slide presentations, with instructor notes
  • Suggested reading assignments, mainly from government documents in the public domain
  • Hands-on activities, such as using a simulator to learn packet capture, setting up the Department of Homeland Security’s CSET risk assessment tool, and installing a digital certificate
  • A series of team assignments that culminate in a final presentation
  • 150 assessment questions (answer key available upon request)

Fourteen faculty members and cybersecurity educators participated in the walkthrough, led by key course developers Stephen Miller of Eastern New Mexico University—Ruidoso and Dr. Margaret Leary of Northern Virginia Community College.

A video of the webinar is available for download by CyberWatch West members at http://www.cyberwatchwest.org/index.php/media-149/member-content/download/6-cybersecurity-curriculum-and-teaching-resources/263-critical-infrastructure-cybersecurity-course-webinar; login and member-level access required.

For more information on the Critical Infrastructure
Cybersecurity course contact:
Stephen Miller, CWW Co-PI
email: stephen.miller@enmu.edu


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.

Online Course on Open Source Intelligence Techniques Returns Friday, February 3 

CyberWatch West is offering instructors and faculty a second opportunity to take its free online course in open source intelligence techniques, on four consecutive Fridays, 10 am to noon PST, February 3-24.

Looking to enhance your introductory cybersecurity or ethical hacking course? Step 1 of hacking is reconnaissance. In this course, you’ll learn how information is gathered online with automated tools, as well as how to analyze information with the tools and techniques intelligence agents use. The course will prepare you to develop curriculum that integrates open source collection and analysis.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • people search engines
  • social media
  • social engineering
  • online communities/dating sites
  • catfishing
  • tailgating
  • government databases
  • recent changes in privacy policies

The free course will be taught by Anastacia Webster, an adjunct instructor at California State University, San Bernardino.

To register, follow the link below to our Webex registration site: 


Please note: Participation in this class is not limited to representatives of CyberWatch West member schools. 

If you have problems registering for the online course, please notify us at info@cyberwatchwest.org.

CWW Member Meeting on February 24:
What's New in the CAE Process

Our February online Member Meeting will focus on recent developments in the federal program that designates institutions of higher education as National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAEs) in cybersecurity. National Security Agency logo

CyberWatch West Director Corrinne Sande will be joined by Karen Leuschner, CAE program manager for the National Security Agency (NSA).

To register to attend this Member Meeting on Friday, February 24, follow the link below to our Webex registration site: 


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. PST

Future Member Meetings have been scheduled for Friday, March 24, and Friday, April 28.

Now Available for Download: Webinar on Building Your Cybersecurity Program with Grants

At our January 27 Member Meeting, CyberWatch West Director Corrinne Sande was joined by Janice Walker, Dean for Workforce Education at Whatcom Community College, to share what they've learned developing Whatcom's successful grants program.

Their presentation provided details on Perkins Grants, writing grant applications, and moving up the ladder with NSF/ATE grants, as well as upcoming grant opportunities in 2017.

To download the recordings, you need to have members-only website access and log in before clicking on the links above.

Having trouble viewing any of our recordings? Email us at info@cyberwatchwest.org to let us know. We can help!

For more information on Faculty Development contact:
Dr. Tony Coulson CWW Co-PI | Faculty Development
Email: tcoulson@csusb.edu



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.

Treat Your Students to Stories and a Live Q&A
with Security Engineer Malcolm Heath

CyberWatch West is sponsoring an online presentation for students interested in careers in cybersecurity on Friday, February 17, from 1:30 to 2:30 pm PST. 

Photo of Malcolm Heath, Security Engineer with the Seattle-based F5 Security Incident Response Team (F5SIRT)Malcolm Heath, a Security Engineer with the Seattle-based F5 Security Incident Response Team (F5SIRT), will share his experiences working with risk assessment, threat analysis, network security, and large-scale computing infrastructures. He'll discuss how he wound up in this field and what the day-to-day life of an information security profession looks like, then answer questions from students and instructors.

This 30- to 45-minute Webex event will be a great addition to entry-level networking and cybersecurity courses, either during class time or as an extra-credit assignment. Group viewing would also work well as an activity for information technology clubs, cybersecurity clubs, and CCDC teams. A recording of the event will be available for download from the CyberWatch West website afterward.

Instructors and faculty at CyberWatch West member institutions can register to participate in this free online event. Register using the following link to our Webex registration page:



For more information on Student Development contact:
Dr. Dan Manson, CWW Co-PI | Student Development
Email: dmanson@cpp.edu

Industry Partner Spotlight:

logo for the Energy Sector Security Consortium, Inc. (EnergySec)

How does the Energy Sector Security Consortium, Inc. (EnergySec) work with CyberWatch West to advance cybersecurity education?

“EnergySec engages regularly with Cyber Watch West and its members. As an industry organization focused on the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure, the current shortage of skilled security professionals is a big concern. Cyber Watch West allows us to influence the direction of cybersecurity degree programs to ensure the needs of our community are met. I've been honored to serve on the CWW National Visiting Committee. We have had CWW faculty present at our annual security conference, and we have featured member schools in our monthly newsletter. Our partnership with CWW provides a bridge between academia and the industry we serve.”

What does CyberWatch West membership do for you?

“Cyber Watch West provides us with a single entry point to dozens of college degree programs in cybersecurity across the western U.S. This provides us with access to students for internships, apprenticeships, and other career opportunities in our industry. Our interaction with CWW provides us with much greater influence and access to the pipeline of future workers than could be obtained through direct outreach to individual college programs.”

Thanks to Steven Parker, president of EnergySec in Clackamas, OR, for answering our questions.

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

Cybersecurity Education in the News
Published December 14, 2016 ~ Popular Technology TV (PTTV) YouTube Channel

This 3 1/2-minute video introduces the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS), an online resource for cybersecurity career, education, and training information. It shows how institutions can apply to have their cybersercurity courses listed in the NICCS Education and Training Catalog at https://niccs.us-cert.gov.

Recent Events

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

Winter ICT Educators Conference
January 5-6, 2017
San Jose, CA

Upcoming Events

SIGCSE Technical Symposium
March 8-11, 2017
Seattle, WA

ICMCP National Conference
March 15-16, 2017
Washington, DC

Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)
March 31-April 1, 2017
Tucson, AZ

National Cyber Summit
June 6-8, 2017
Huntsville, AL

June 12-14, 2017
Las Vegas, NV

Community College Cyber Summit (3CS)
June 28-20, 2017
Washington, DC

High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC)
July 17-20, 2017
Salt Lake City, UT

Go to cyberwatchwest.org 
for a list of  upcoming events

Consortium Leadership

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

Stephen D. Miller, Co-PI
Area of Focus: Curriculum Development
Eastern New Mexico University - Ruidoso
Ruidoso, NM


New Members!
September 2016 to January 2017


Community Colleges 

Fullerton College

San Juan College

Spokane Falls Community College


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott

Grand Canyon University

University of Arizona

University of North Dakota

High Schools

Burlington-Edison High School, Burlington, WA

Career Education Center 
Camarillo, CA

Coast Union High School
Cambria, CA

Mescalero Apache School, 
Mescalero, NM

Rocklin High School, Rocklin, CA

Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnets High School
 Los Angeles, CA


CWW Members
through January 2017

University of Alaska Anchorage


Estrella Mountain Community College

Glendale Community College


American River College

Antelope Valley College

Barstow Community College

Bullard High School

California State University — Chico

Cerritos College

Chaffey College

Citrus College

Cerro Coso Community College

City College of San Francisco

College of San Mateo

College of the Canyons

College of the Redwoods

Communications and Technology School, Los Angeles

Consumnes Community College

Cuyamaca College

Cypress College

DeAnza College

Diablo Valley College

Edward Roybal Learning Center, Los Angeles

Evergreen Valley College

Folsom Lake College

Glendale Community College

Hartnell College

Irvington High School

John F. Kennedy High School

Las Positas College

Long Beach City College

Los Angeles Southwest College

Los Medanos College

Luther Burbank High School

Monterey Peninsula College

National University

Oak Park High School

Pasadena City College

Ramona High School

Rancho Santiago Community College District

Rio Hondo College

Riverside City College

Sacramento City College

Saddleback College

San Bernardino County Regional Occupational Program (ROP)

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

Valencia High School

Venice Skills Center

West Los Angeles College

Yuba College


Chaparral High School

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Pikes Peak Community College

Red Rocks Community College

Regis University


Honolulu Community College

Kapi'olani Community College

Leeward Community College

University of Hawaii Maui College


North Idaho College

University of Idaho


Metropolitan State University


St Louis Community College — Forest Park


  Missoula College — University of Montana


Northeast Community College

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


Central Texas College

Houston Community College

Lone Star College — Montgomery

Northeast Texas 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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