Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) Closing Cybersecurity Skills Gap

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It has long been known that community colleges can close the cybersecurity skills gap and The Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) is doing just that by bringing educators together July 22-24 in Pittsburgh, PA.

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If you want to help this nation protect itself from cyberattacks, plug our vulnerabilities and build a vibrant cybersecurity workforce, then you and your college need to be present at 3CS.

How can academia supply the United States with the thousands of cybersecurity technicians needed to protect its networks, infrastructure, governmental institutions and people? It has long been known that community colleges can close the cybersecurity skills gap and The Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) is doing just that by bringing educators together July 22-24 in Pittsburgh, PA.

“We need hundreds of community colleges to get into the cybersecurity education game to offer degrees, certificates, workforce development programs and close ties to industry,” states Dr. Robert Spear, 3CS Chair. “If you want to help this nation protect itself from cyberattacks, plug our vulnerabilities and build a vibrant cybersecurity workforce, then you and your college need to be present at 3CS, sharing your ideas, meeting like-minded individuals and learning the best tools and techniques.”

Community colleges are influential in teaching a variety of cybersecurity-related subjects. 3CS educates the teachers and leaders at these schools and focuses on the role of cybersecurity in all technology fields. Not currently involved in cybersecurity? There are three different tracks to fit all community college needs, not just those with cybersecurity programs: colleges and faculty new to cybersecurity; people who teach cybersecurity safe practices, principles and hands-on skills to technicians; and those who teach those skills to people outside the IT field. This is the best venue to learn about this exciting and ever-changing field.    

3CS is scheduled for July 22 to 24 at the Community College of Alleghany College in Pittsburgh, PA. Early bird registration is $125 and ends April 30. For more information on the 2016 3CS, visit 3CS.nationalcyberwatch.org.

About Community College Cyber Summit:
The Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) is organized and produced by the National CyberWatch Center, National Resource Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA), CyberWatch West (CWW), Cyber Security Education Consortium (CSEC), Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC), and Advanced Cyberforensics Education (ACE) Consortium, which are all funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The outcomes of 3CS will leverage community college cybersecurity programs across the nation by introducing the latest technologies, best practices, curricula, products, and more. To learn more, visit 3CS.nationalcyberwatch.org.

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