National CyberWatch Center Announces Winners in Inaugural Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Program

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Some of the most creative and unique ideas for teaching a complicated subject like cybersecurity comes from the educators themselves and that is why the National CyberWatch Center designed a competition for Innovations in Cybersecurity Education. Among the 44 submissions, five ideas were selected as winners that were honored at the 2017 Community College Cyber Summit on June 28.

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National CyberWatch is committed to providing a robust collaboration platform to all our stakeholders that builds on our collective strengths and creates an informed community of interest in cybersecurity education.

Some of the most creative and unique ideas for teaching a complicated subject like cybersecurity comes from the educators themselves. That’s why the National CyberWatch Center designed a competition for Innovations in Cybersecurity Education. Among the 44 submissions, five ideas were selected as winners that were honored at the 2017 Community College Cyber Summit on June 28.

Winners were selected in five categories:

Curriculum—Cyber Warrior Princess CyberHER Education for Girls by Rebecca Onuskanich, Sinclair Community College, which is free interactive learning material to educate girls in sixth through 12th grades.

Faculty Development—Free E-book Framework for SCADA Cybersecurity by Stephen Miller, Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Branch Community College, which aids critical infrastructure customers and students.

Lab Activity—Network Defender-Threat Hunting Honors Project by Andrew Rozema, Grand Rapids Community College, which is a live fire ethical hacking lab for students to test hacking and skills in a safe environment.

Local Partnership—Providing Students Hands-on Experience and Volunteerism Through Work with Nonprofits by Denise Pheils, Excelsior College, which gives students real experience in cybersecurity.

Student Learning Aid—Carefully Combining Strategies has a Big Impact on Cybersecurity Education for the Youngest Learners by Rebecca Hoffart, All Saints Cathedral High School, which aims to educate students from pre-K to fifth grade in the basics of cybersecurity.

“National CyberWatch is committed to providing a robust collaboration platform to all our stakeholders that builds on our collective strengths and creates an informed community of interest in cybersecurity education. A symbol of this commitment is the launch this year of our Innovations in Cybersecurity Education program,” said Casey O’Brien, executive director and principal investigator of the National CyberWatch Center. “All submissions form the foundation of a treasure trove of ideas that will ensure the proverbial wheel stops being reinvented, that creative ideas are celebrated and that cybersecurity education moves forward with confidence.”

To help share the wealth of ideas, the publication of submissions is available on National CyberWatch Center’s website. For more information, contact program director Dr Costis Toregas at costis(dot)toregas(at)gmail.com.

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National CyberWatch Center (NCC) is a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education-funded cybersecurity consortium working to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the national workforce. Since 2005, National CyberWatch Center has played a key role in developing, promoting and providing cybersecurity education solutions nationally. To learn more, visit http://www.nationalcyberwatch.org.

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