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"
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
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
- 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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
For more information on Faculty Development
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.
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.
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:
Industry Partner Spotlight:
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.
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Cybersecurity Education in the News
- "Whatcom Community College to offer in-demand IT degree," BBJToday.com (The Bellingham Business Journal), 1/30/2017
- "SISD students learn cybersecurity," Seguin [TX] Gazette, 1/16/2017
- "Inside Cyber Security Awareness Week," The New Yorker, 1/9/2017
- "About to get college degree, Illinois veteran excels at national cybersecurity competition," The [Quincy, IL] Herald-Whig, 12/1/2016
- "Taskforce looking to make Arizona cybersecurity capital of U.S.," The [Cape Verde, AZ] Bugle, 12/20/2016
- "Michigan High School Hosts New Cybersecurity Training Facility," DarkReading.com, 12/8/2016
- "CyberPatriot Competition Underway," Bonner County [ID] Daily Bee, 11/19/2016
- "Students Build Device for Inaugural Passcode Hacking Competition," Polycentric (University News Center for Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, CA), 11/16/2016
- "The National Cyber League Surpasses 2015 Participation Numbers," NationalCyberLeague.org, 11/15/2016
- "Inside a Hacking Competition to Take Down a Water-Treatment Plant," The Atlantic, 10/28/2016
- "Cyber Threat Defender: A Card Game for the Hacker Age," TheRivardReport.com [San Antonio, TX], 10/27/2016
- "Rethinking How We Hire Cybersecurity," NVTC [Northern Virginia Technology Council] Blogs, 10/25/2016
- "5 Tips for Building a Successful Cybersecurity Education Program," EdTechMagazine.com, 10/24/2016
- "15 under 15: Rising stars in cybersecurity," Passcode: Modern field guide to security and privacy from The Christian Science Monitor, 10/24/2016
- "From Army Brigade to Cyber Brigade: My Uncommon Path to a Career in Cybercrime-Fighting," Medium.com, #iamtech series, 10/19/2016
- "An Online Education Breakthrough? A Master's Degree for a Mere $7,000," The New York Times, 9/28/2016
- "Universities creating advance courses in cybersecurity, anti-terrorism," The San Diego Union-Tribune, 9/15/2016
- "Teaching the next generation of cybersecurity professionals," TheConversation.com, 9/14/2016
- "Camp for Teens Trains Next Generation of Cyber Defenders," Polycentric (University News Center for Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, CA), 9/7/2016