Volume 3 Issue 3 - Fall 2014
CyberWatch West (CWW) is the only National Science
Foundation Advanced Technological Education Center for
Cybersecurity in the Western United States. CWW offers the most
current information in Cybersecurity in the form of Educational
Partnerships, Industry Partnerships, Professional and
Student Development and Events.
CONSORTIUM - News
New Consortium Member
CyberWatch West is pleased to announce that Nancy Jones (Coastline Community College) is now serving as Co-PI for Curriculum Development, hosting the monthly CWW member meetings, offering members program guidance and assistance with CAE/CAE2Y applications. See the Curriculum Development section of our newsletter for more details or go to the CWW website
and select the Curriculum
Nancy Jones, CWW Co-PI | Curriculum Development
2015 National Visiting Committee Meeting
The dates for the CyberWatch West National Visiting Committee (NVC) Meeting have been set. In March of 2015, the National Visiting Committee and the CyberWatch West Leadership Team will come together to assess progress on the CWW grant. The NVC provides advice and recommendations for the center and the CWW consortium is very appreciative of their input.
STEM EDA Teacher Workshop
Join the STEM EDA Workshop For Middle School Teachers
December 18, 2014, 8am-5pm at Cal State San Bernardino.
STEM: Explore, Discover, Apply (STEM EDA)
This project engages middle school students through a series of hands-on projects that help improve their problem-solving and critical thinking skills. All projects seamlessly integrate the Engineering Design Process which allows students to creatively explore STEM through design... Read More
2015 Faculty Mentor Workshop
The 2015 Faculty Mentor Program will be several group sessions at the beginning of the program, followed by individual meetings and correspondence toward the development of each person’s course. Meeting times will be on Mondays from 3-5pm but may be changed based on the needs of the selected participants. Sessions will be conducted online via Webex. All course material, assignments, submissions and correspondence will be conducted via the Moodle learning management system. Participants from the previous mentoring programs will be assigned to current participants to assist in the course development process and act as coaches to help see the project to completion.
- What course will you develop as a result of the mentoring program?
- Is the course you wish to develop being taught currently?
- If so, what texts are you using?
- Is your college on a quarter or semester system?
Note: The faculty mentor program runs 6-8 weeks.
For workshop dates & information contact:
Dr. Tony Coulson - Co-PI | Faculty Development
Check your email for CyberWatch West workshop announcements. Workshops are announced via email and are posted to the CWW website. Announcements are sent to all CWW members who are registered with the CWW mailing list. To sign up for event notifications and the newsletter go to the CWW website
, under About Us, select Sign up for event notifications.
If you were unable to attend a workshop session or series, CWW records and posts the workshops in the member content section of the CWW website. Login to your account
, select the Members
tab, then Member Content
link. Note: you must be registered on the website and be with a CWW member institution to gain access to member content.
CAE2Y Program Eligibility
The CAE2Y Program is open to current regionally accredited two-year community colleges, technical schools, state or federally endorsed IA/Cybersecurity training centers or US Government IA/Cybersecurity training centers. All institutions must hold regional accreditation as outlined by the Department of Education http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
For more information about the 2014 NSA/DHS National CAE2Y Criteria Click here
Colleges who wish to apply for CAE/CAE2Y designation can receive assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org
to request assistance. You'll also find valuable resources and links CyberWatch West.
CAE/CAE2Y Application Portal
If your school is interested in submitting an application for CAE/CAE2Y Designation, specific instructions for opening a CAE account can be found here.
CWW encourages its members to review their curriculum and assess where they stand in meeting the newly released criteria for NSA/DHS CAE/CAE2Y Designation in IA/Cyber Defense. Throughout the year, CWW has organized informational meetings and offered workshops to educate members on the Knowledge Units (KUs) and other criteria for this important designation. The workshop recordings are available on the member only content page of the CWW website.
We encourage you to view the archive and see where your program stands in the process. Contact CWW today for additional assistance.
The CWW member meetings will run monthly - Thursdays, 9-10am PST.
Note: Days and times are subject to change depending on the availability of the group.
CyberGirlz II Summit "Connecting and Empowering"
December 13, 2014, 9am-4pm at Cal Poly Pamona
Bronco Student Center - Ursa Major Room
To provide opportunities and address the need to support females going into
the fields of cyber and tech. All middle & high school students are invited but
females are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to register
and will be given priority.
For more information or to register contact
Dr. Dan Manson
CWW Co-PI | Student Development
July 12, 2014 CyberGirlz Summit in the News
CyberGirlz Summit Gets Girls in to Tech
Article by Sarah Hayden - July 22, 2014
Joyce Talavera, 14, at the CyberGirlz Summit at Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday.
More than 100 middle and high school girls recently huddled over laptops at Cal Poly Pomona’s Bronco Student Center, typing furiously. Animated turtles scuttled across screens, leaving square shapes in their wakes.
“Does anybody know what a ‘for loop’ is?” Microsoft Technology Evangelist Christine Matheney asked the crowd. She quickly explained that it’s a programming command that will make the turtles run their path as many times as the girls want... Read More
Los Angeles Times - July 22, 2014
The Student2Student Workshop is a program designed for students delivered by students. The concept is a whole new way for students to teach, mentor and learn from each other on a variety of cybersecurity topics, online and nationwide.
The recorded workshops are available in the member only content section of the CyberWatch West website
. There are more Student2Student workshops planned. If you have a student that might be interested in presenting, please encourage them to submit a topic for consideration by following this link.
For additional information on the S2S program, contact
Dr. Tony Coulson at email@example.com
2015 Pacific Rim CCDC and Western Regional CCDC Competitions-
CyberWatch West will post the registration information to the CWW Events Calendar
as soon as the details are announced.
See the 2014 NCCDC - National Winners here.
The National Cyber League - Where Cybersecurity is a Passion
The NCL has wrapped up its regular season and conducted the national championship from November 15 through November 22. There were 62 coaches, 622 players, and 87 teams participating in the national championship this year.
For more information go to www.nationalcyberleague.org
or click contact us
INDUSTRY - News
Oct 30, 2014 - Cyber Risk Summit Comes to Whatcom Community College
in Partnership with: Technology Alliance Group, Whatcom Community College,
CyberWatch West, and Western Washington University.
Michael Cockrill presenting at Cyber Risk Summit held at Whatcom Community College 10/30/14
Photo Courtesy of Whatcom Community College
Click here for Press Release
Bellingham summit: Cyber attacks are on the rise, but most are avoidable
By Dave Gallagher, The Bellingham Herald - October 30, 2014
BELLINGHAM — While the topics were broad, a few main points were regularly brought up at the inaugural Cyber Risk Summit
: Computer attacks are on the rise and can hit large and small businesses. But much of the threat can be defeated by following basic security tactics.
The summit was held at Whatcom Community College on Thursday, Oct. 30, and was all-day affair, featuring topics that included current cyber threats, prevention, social media and educating the workforce. Along with WCC, the event was organized by Western Washington University and the Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington.
.. Read More
CYBERSECURITY IN THE NEWS
Whatcom Community College plays critical role in nation’s cyber
defense By Corrinne Sande - CyberWatch West Director/PI
FBI Director James Comey recently stated on the television program “60 Minutes” that it is impossible to estimate the economic impact of cyberattacks on the U.S. economy, but it is in the “billions.” Who are the perpetrators of these attacks? According to Comey, it is nation-state actors, terrorists, organized cyber syndicates, hacktivists, criminals and pedophiles. This interview, along with other reports of cyberattacks on businesses, exposes... Read More
Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald - October 20, 2014
Dan Manson and Anna Carlin present at the ISACA ISRM Conference
What is the CSX/CAE/CWW Connection?
The need for college graduates with knowledge and experience in Cybersecurity is greater than ever. Increasing numbers of community colleges, four year, graduate and post-graduate programs are offering Cybersecurity curriculum and research opportunities. The National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security designate Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance for community colleges, 4-year programs with strong Cybersecurity curriculum, and programs with emphasis on Cybersecurity research.
Regional and National NSF Advanced Technological Centers in Cybersecurity, including CyberWatch West, CSSIA and National CyberWatch, are leading collaborative efforts to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce.
ISACA Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) is a new security knowledge platform and professional program from ISACA. The CSX certificate is particularly relevant for recent college/university graduates.
This presentation describes how using CSX, ISACA members and chapters can partner with academic programs and consortiums to develop an environment that supports a pathway of learning Cybersecurity.
For more information about the ISACA ISRM Conference click here
California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Anna Carlin, CISA
California State Polytechnic University Pomona
Erich Spengler Principal Investigator for CSSIA, passed away on Tuesday, November 11th. Erich was a leader in Cybersecurity education and was well known throughout the Cybersecurity community. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Donations can be made to the Moraine Valley Community College Foundation for a student scholarship that will be named in Erich’s honor. Donations to this scholarship can be made by clicking on the "Donate Now" button at www.morainevalley.edu/Foundation.
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