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National CyberWatch Communicator | October Volume 2 Edition

Call for Interns
The National CyberWatch Center Research and Assessments division has openings in its internship program. The Research department promotes, sponsors, and conducts research on cybersecurity education and workforce development with regard to a number of ongoing projects. Individuals will assist with preparing draft reports, managing project plans and schedules, collecting and analyzing data, and managing relationships with participants. This is an unpaid position that requires five to 10 hours of work per week with a flexible start time through May.
Register HERE.
Using Web Comics for Cybersecurity
In this Virtual Brown Bag Lunch (VBBL), Laurin Buchanan, principal investigator at Secure Decisions, will discuss and demonstrate the use of Comic-BEE, a novel cybersecurity education technology designed to support the rapid creation of interactive, graphic stories (web comics) that align with cybersecurity curricular goals. These web comics can be used for education or evaluation (assessment) of diverse cybersecurity knowledge, skills and abilities. Join this VBBL to explore how graphic storytelling can enable cybersecurity education while also engaging and assessing learners.
Register HERE.
It’s Competition Time
Classes are in full swing, and it’s time to stay up to speed on all things cybersecurity through participation in the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) season. With the national CCDC scheduled for mid-April, regional competitions around the country are planning their events to prepare students. Stay tuned to those upcoming dates.
Learn more HERE.
Student Association Student Chapters
From now until Nov. 8th at 11:59 p.m. ET, new chapters and chapters in progress can receive 50% off membership. Benefits include gaining access to the chapter portal, Chapter documentation, setting up one on one meetings with Student Association Board members, mentoring/coaching, discounts on events, and much more. You must be a Student Association member to start a chapter and have one advisor and 3 other positions: President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Contact Dr. Ford at to get started.
October 22nd Open Office Hours
October is here, and that means National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Help your students get the most out of this month by letting the National Cybersecurity Student Association coach them toward their ideal career. Join Gustavo Hinojosa, executive director, and Dr. Vitaly Ford, chapter development director, as they host an Open Office Hour event on Oct. 22nd at 8 p.m. ET. Students can discuss anything that is on their mind related to cybersecurity education, training, career pathways, and more.
Register HERE.
The College of Southern Nevada (North Las Vegas campus) is hosting its second annual Cyber Security Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone looking to better protect themselves and their digital footprint at home or work should attend. This fair also aims to present the do’s and don’ts of accessing the cloud and raise awareness of resources available to stay safe. This event is free and open to the public.
To participate as a vendor or speaker or to attend, visit HERE.
Welcome National CyberWatch Center's Newest Members
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It's free for Academic Institutions and will give you access to exclusive publications and research. Learn more HERE.
In recognition of his significant contributions to cybersecurity education, John Sener was awarded the National CyberWatch Center's Pioneer Award on October 7, 2019. Mr. Sener was the National CyberWatch External Evaluator since the Center's inception in 2005.
John Sener's contributions to the field include:
  • Authored the book, “The Seven Futures of American Education: Improving Learning & Teaching in a Screen-Captured World," where he contends that American education has been “cyberized” and thus is inextricably tied to technology. He comments on how the relationship between technology and education prompts society to question the purpose of education, especially with regard to our economy
  • Wrote a number of seminal White Papers: The Role of Student Competitions in Cybersecurity Education; Transfer Pathways In Cybersecurity Education: Challenging Routes, Promising Practices, Possible Improvements
  • Developed the Event-Anchored Learning concept, which is the use of an event to support, or “anchor,” the learning experience. Why is it important? It engages participants, attracts stakeholders, adds value to the entire process, supports all sorts of networking, capacity building, and program improvement activities
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