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Summer/Fall 2016

Consortium News

Welcome CyberWatch West's New Co-PI:

Stephen D. Miller

Stephen Miller has been approved by the National Science Foundation to serve as a Co - Principal Investigator (Co-PI) for CyberWatch West.

Miller is currently a tenured professor, subject matter expert. and the Director for Information Systems/Cyber Security Center of Excellence for Eastern New Mexico University – Ruidoso Branch Community College (CAE2Y/IA/CD). As a resident of Rockport, TX, Miller's involvement will help CyberWatch West do more effective outreach to all the states in its 14-state area of focus.

He developed online computer and network security certification and associates degree programs, offered since spring 2011. His community college has close working relationships with Veteran Affairs and military bases, with a retired Air Force veteran providing job development and career counseling for veterans.

A retired executive from the ExxonMobil Global Information Systems Department, Miller brings to this role experience in industry and the military, having served in the U.S. Army 1st Calvary Div. in Vietnam (computer specialist), worked with Univac Corp./NASA Mission Control on the APOLLO and Skylab missions (Communications and Telemetry Systems Analyst), and been employed by Ford's TechRep Division. 

Through Miller's work with the Mescalero Apache Reservation and Dine’ College on the Navajo Reservation, a dual-credit cybersecurity certificate with pathways to associate and bachelor's degrees have been established through the community college's articulation partners. Miller is also a National Cyber League Operations Team member and a mentor for CAE2Y applicants through the C5 Mentor Program.

Opportunities to introduce yourself to Stephen Miller:



Please take 10 minutes to complete our forthcoming online survey. Let us know how we can collaborate with you to move cybersecurity education forward.

CWW Unveils New MOS Pathways

This summer, CyberWatch West launched a new online tool for community and technical colleges that grant credit for prior learning (CPL) to veterans studying information technology (IT) and cybersecurity.

MOS Pathways is a crosswalk that can be viewed on the CyberWatch West website or downloaded as a PDF file. It’s based on a list of Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) related to technology, IT, and security. MOS is the military terminology for job types in any of the branches of service, and each MOS is assigned a code to identify it.

The crosswalk correlates each MOS with specific skill sets and job descriptions, which are then translated into specific courses offered at Whatcom Community College (WCC), where CyberWatch West is based. A veteran who served in Cyber Transport Systems in the Air Force (AFSC-3D1X2), for example, could apply CPL for six courses in Computer Information Systems (CIS) toward a degree or certificate at the college.

Each WCC course name is translated into more commonly understood course name (e.g., a course called “Computer Fundamentals” at another college is generally equivalent to CIS 100, Computer Literacy, at WCC). College faculty and administrators needing to make an accurate comparison between mapped WCC courses and courses offered at their own institutions should refer to the Course Outcomes chart at the end of the document.

For more information, contact CyberWatch West Director Corrinne Sande,

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.

September 23 Member Meeting: Talk CAE Criteria with the NSA

Do you plan to apply for the CAE-CDE or CAE2Y designation in the near future? Don't miss our next CyberWatch West Member Meeting, on Friday, September 23, at 9 a.m. PDT.

Our special guest will be a representative of the National Security Agency's Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) program for cybersecurity education.

Many applicants are uncertain how to best fulfill Criteria 1a and 1b, the establishment of a “Cyber Center” and its website. Our guest speaker from the NSA will discuss this criteria, provide examples of how CAE institutions have met the NSA’s expectations, and answer questions.

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.

Future Member Meetings have been scheduled for Friday, October 28, and Friday, November 18.

For more information on Member Meetings 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.

Is a CWW Industry Event Coming to a City Near You?

CyberWatch West has begun organizing Industry Night events through the western United States.  Representatives of cybersecurity-related businesses, government agencies, and higher education gather for dinner and an evening discussion about what skills are needed in the area's cybersecurity workforce.

At the May 25 Industry Night at Regis University in Denver, educators heard from representatives of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Denver Chapter of ISACA, and cybersecurity firm Coalfire Systems.

A follow-up meeting is being held at Regis University on Tuesday, October 11, to build local support for for the creation of middle school and high school CyberPatriot teams and the girls-only initiative CyberGirlz. Speakers will include Michael Willis, Assistant Adjutant General for Space, Missile Defense and Cyber with the Colorado National Guard, and coaches for nationally competitive CyberPatriot teams.

CyberWatch West is currently working with the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce to organize a cybersecurity event to be held in Arizona in early December.

Like to be invited to the upcoming events in Denver or Phoenix? Or want to suggest the next venue for a CyberWatch West Industry Night? Email us at


Now Available for Download: Online Courses in Open Source Intelligence and the NICE Framework/Challenges

CyberWatch West offered two free five-part courses this summer, one on open source collection/intelligence and one on the NICE Framework and Challenges. All of the recordings from both online classes have been posted on the CyberWatch West website for download by members.

Introduction to Open Source Collection / Intelligence was taught by Anastacia Webster, an adjunct instructor at California State University, San Bernardino. The course looked at social media, open data, search engines, and analytical tools.

NICE Challenge Project logoIntroduction to the NICE Framework and NICE Challenges was taught by Dr. Vincent Nestler, an instructional designer and the assistant director of the Cybersecurity Center at California State University, San Bernardino. This course discussed the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework and how faculty can integrate the framework into their curriculum. It also walked through deployment of the NICE Challenges, realistic scenarios that can be used as part of a class, as a lab, or as homework assignments. 

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 to let us know. We can help!

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.

National Cyber League: 2016 Fall Season Schedule

Full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at a U.S. accredited 2- or 4-year college/university are eligible to participate. All players must have a mentor/coach. Individuals compete in NCL's preseason and regular season games; the postseason competition is for school teams only.

  • October 3:  Regular season registration closes
  • October 22–28:  Mandatory preseason game
  • November 5:  Regular season Game #1, 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Eastern Time
  • November 19:  Regular season Game #2, 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Eastern Time
  • November 11–18:  Team registration for postseason
  • November 28–December 5:  NCL National Championship game

NCL provides higher education institutions with curricula for no charge to assist student preparation for events/professional certifications. Free resources for faculty include instructor syllabi and hands-on preparation for professional certification exams with hosted lab exercises. Visit for more information. 


CyberPatriot IX Competition Schedule

Teams compete in three divisions: Open High School Division (open to all high schools, scouting units, Boys and Girls Clubs, and approved high school home school programs); All Service Division (high school JROTC Programs / Civil Air Patrol units / Naval Sea Cadet Corps units); and Middle School Division.

  • October 5:  Team registration closes
  • October 11–25:  Practice Round
  • November 11–13:  Qualification Round 1
  • December 9–11:  Qualification Round 2
  • January 13–15:  State Rounds / Round 3
  • February 3–5:  Regional/Category/Semifinal Rounds
  • March 7–17:  National Finals Practice Round
  • April 2–6:  National Finals Competition (Baltimore, MD)  
For more information on Student Development contact:
Dr. Dan Manson, CWW Co-PI | Student Development

Industry Partner Spotlight:

Tiro Security logo

How does Tiro Security work with CyberWatch West to advance cybersecurity education?

“We work with faculty, discussing the latest in-demand skills to ensure the curriculum gives students the most relevant experience for when they graduate and go to work in the field. We interact through regular conference calls but also try to attend in-person events wherever we can. For example, most recently one of our founders sat on a panel at one of the Industry Night events with several other Industry Partners.”

What does CyberWatch West membership do for you?

“It allows us to give back to the community, which in turn helps us all. CyberWatch West is increasing the number and quality of graduates coming into this high-demand field. We create relationships with students early in their careers, so I like to think that will help us as a business down the line. It's also a good opportunity to meet and get to know other CWW Industry Partners so we can work together commercially.”

Thanks to Kris Rides, CEO of Tiro Security in Los Angeles, CA, for answering our questions. Kris recently co-authored the ebook Beginner's Guide to Information Security: Kickstart Your Security Career with Insight from InfoSec Experts. Any faculty members or students associated with CWW who are interested in receiving a free review copy of a book are invited to email their request to


Cybersecurity Education in the News



Published May 23, 2016 ~ NationalCyberLeague YouTube Channel

In this 3-minute video, Joe Welch of Hartnell College in Salinas, CA, a CyberWatch West educational partner, describes how his students have benefited from the integration of National Cyber League (NCL) elements into college courses. 
Published July 29, 2016 ~ CyberPatriotAFA YouTube Channel

This 8-minute video introduces the CyberPatriot competition and promotes student participation in CyberPatriot IX during the 2016-17 academic year.

Recent 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

Upcoming Events

State of Washington National Cyber
Security Awareness Month Kickoff

October 4-5, 2016
Bellevue, WA

Close It Summit
October 4-6, 2016
Dallas, TX

ICMCP West Coast Summit
October 6, 2016
Mountain View, CA

Tech Trends Regional Conference
October 20-21, 2016
Bellingham, WA

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

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


New Members!
May to August 2016


Community Colleges 

Pikes Peak Community College


University of Alaska Anchorage

University of Idaho

High Schools

Bullard High School, Fresno, CA

Communications and Technology School, Los Angeles, CA

Edward Roybal Learning Center, Los Angeles, CA

Luther Burbank High School, Sacramento, CA

Ramona High School, Ramona, CA

Valencia High School, Placentia, CA

Venice Skills Center, Venice, CA

CWW Members
through August 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

Cerro Coso Community 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

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

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 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

West Los Angeles College

Yuba College


Chaparral High School

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Red Rocks Community College

Regis University


Honolulu Community College

Kapi'olani Community College

Leeward Community College

University of Hawaii Maui College


North Idaho College


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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