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Innovators are encouraged to share their advancements and unique ideas in the National CyberWatch Center’s third annual Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Awards and Recognition Program.

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I encourage all our member institutions and supporting stakeholders to participate again this year and broaden the knowledge pool of innovations that can be shared across the National CyberWatch Center programs while continuing the march toward a stronger cybersecurity workforce.

Innovators are encouraged to share their advancements and unique ideas in the National CyberWatch Center’s third annual Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Awards and Recognition Program.

Educators who work in cybersecurity are able to share how their innovations help teach or expand cybersecurity, accelerate the adoption of new ideas throughout the academic community and receive recognition for their work. Select submissions will be included in the Cybersecurity Skills Journal: Practice and Research.

Last year, National CyberWatch received over 60 submissions. The five winners were Community Initiative Center of Excellence for Secure Software- Employer-led Secure Software Development Dual Model Apprenticeship Partnering with Community Colleges; Industrial Control Systems Security Curriculum Resource Kit; Have My Smart Lightbulbs Been Weaponized: Introducing Computer Security Issues Related to IoT Devices; Guiding Girl Scouts Through a Computer Science Journey; and Comic-Bee: Branching, Interactive Web Comics for Cybersecurity Education and Assessment for Learners of All Ages and Levels.

This year, the top selections will be awarded in the following categories: Evidence-based Strategies, Instruction, Practice, and Program Development.

“This is the third year for our Innovations in Cybersecurity Education program. Building on the solid expansion of the program and strong participation by all National CyberWatch stakeholders, we are creating one, new significant bridge to two other successful National CyberWatch programs this year. We have made slight adjustments to the category titles and are now aligned to the thematic categories of both the Cybersecurity Skills: Practice and Research as well as the popular Community College Cyber Summit (3CS). This will allow Innovations submissions to flow seamlessly into the editorial calendar of the Journal, as well as the 3CS presentation tracks,” said Casey W. O'Brien, executive director of National CyberWatch Center. “I encourage all our member institutions and supporting stakeholders to participate again this year and broaden the knowledge pool of innovations that can be shared across the National CyberWatch Center programs while continuing the march toward a stronger cybersecurity workforce.”

Award winners will be acknowledged at the Community College Cyber Summit at Bossier Parrish Community College in Louisiana, July 30-Aug. 1. Submissions should be currently in use or have been used in cybersecurity education. They will be accepted through May 3. For more information, visit nationalcyberwatch.org/innovations/.

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