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National CyberWatch Communicator | October Edition

Using Web Comics for Cybersecurity
In the next 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.
Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Award Program
Five winners earned recognition and honors as part of the National CyberWatch Center’s Innovations in Cybersecurity Education awards and recognition program. Awards were designated in four categories: Evidence-based strategies, instruction, practice and program development. The winners included Pathway to Advancement in Cybersecurity Education; Thinking Outside the Box: Using Escape Room Games to Interest Teachers and Students in Cybersecurity; Incentive-Based Platform for Teaching Cryptocurrency, Bug Bounty, Reconnaissance and More; Three Colleges + Three Degrees = One Successful Cyber Career. An honorable mention was also awarded for the submission titled PCI Credit Card Security.
Learn more HERE.
Foundation First – Building the Cybersecurity Structure!
Behzad Izadi from Cypress College (CA) developed an innovation in cybersecurity education that won the 2019 National CyberWatch Center award for evidence-based strategies: Pathway to Advancement in Cybersecurity Education. This project develops and implements a succinct pathway from middle school to a four-year college or university that provides a multifaceted approach to cyber career development to increase graduate success rates.
Read more about this Innovative submission on page 6 of the publication HERE.
Curriculum Standards Panel Members Needed
Volunteers are needed to share their security knowledge, skills, and expertise as part of the National CyberWatch Curriculum Standards Panel. The course specific panels identify learning objectives, concepts, procedures, situational judgments and intellective abilities required to develop capability maturity in cybersecurity foundational principles, techniques, tactics and protocols. Panelists can contribute to one or more Topic Areas. Register today!
Learn more HERE.
National CyberWatch Member Update
Anthony B. Hanners, member of the National CyberWatch Center’s Curriculum Standards Panel, was appointed cybersecurity program director and assistant professor at Immaculata University (PA). Prior to his new position, Hanners was cybersecurity program coordinator at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College (WV) and at Hagerstown Community College (MD). He is a certified information systems security professional and member of the Information Systems Security Association as well.
Read more HERE.
October 10th Open Office Hours
October is here, and we all know what that means…National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Help your students make the most out of this month by letting the National Cybersecurity Student Association coach them toward their ideal career pathway. Join Gustavo Hinojosa, executive director, and Dr. Vitaly Ford, chapter development director, as they host an Open Office Hour event on October 10th at 8 p.m. ET. This is their opportunity to discuss anything that is on their mind related to cybersecurity education, training, career pathways, and more.
Register HERE.
Teaching Vulnerability Assessment with Nessus
If your school or information security training organization teaches vulnerability assessment, the Tenable for Education Program provides you with FREE access to Nessus Essentials. This program is designed to help the next generation of students and professors quickly and easily master vulnerability assessment concepts and hone their skills.
Get started HERE.
Start a WiCyS Chapter
Learn how to get more involved! The next Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS) webinar will introduce participants to creating student chapters. Presented by Dr. Vitaly Ford, professor Pauline Mosley and the Tennessee Tech Chapter students, they will discuss how to start a WiCyS chapter, and share ideas on activities, funding, sustainability, competitions and resources. Sign up for this hour-long event today.
Register HERE.
Fall Season Resource
Imagine a resource that breaks down everything you need to know to be successful in the upcoming National Cyber League (NCL) Fall Season. Well you’re in luck. The NCL is regularly posting pro tips on its website to help students and educators prepare for the challenges and games they’ll be faced with once the Fall Season begins. Experienced participants will dish out everything you should know to help you get ahead. Get in the know with NCL tips today.
Learn more HERE.
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