CISSE logo with graphic of greek architectureCyberWatch West educational members can now apply for travel stipends to support their attendance of the CISSE 23rd Colloquium, being held June 10-12 in Las Vegas.

A limited number of travel stipends of up to $1000 each (depending upon applicant location) will be awarded to members employed by CyberWatch West member institutions. To be considered, applications should be submitted before the end of the day on Monday, May 6, 2019. The deadline for this stipend has passed.

Applicants will be notified by approximately May 15 whether or not they will receive a stipend. CyberWatch West recommends that everyone planning to attend CISSE register on or before May 30, in order to receive the early bird discount.

After the conference, accepted applicants will be required to submit a completed W-9 IRS form and two written paragraphs, describing what they learned at CISSE Conference, before their travel stipends will be issued to them.

 

 

3CS LogoCyberWatch West educational members were eligible for travel stipends to support their attendance of the 3CS 2019 Conference, being held July 30-August 1 in Bossier City, Louisiana. The application deadline has passed for this award.

Applicants will be notified by approximately April 15 whether or not they will receive a stipend. CyberWatch West recommends that everyone planning to attend 3CS register on or before May 1, in order to receive the early bird discount.

A limited number of travel stipends of up to $1000 each (depending upon applicant location) will be awarded to members employed by CyberWatch West member institutions. To be considered, applications should be submitted before the end of the day on Monday, April 1, 2019.

After the conference, accepted applicants will be required to submit a completed W-9 IRS form and two written paragraphs, describing what they learned at 3CS, before their travel stipends will be issued to them. 

 

CyberWatch West educational members can now apply for travel stipends to support their attendance of the 2018 Community College Cyber Summit (3CS), being held August 2–4 at Mt. Hood Community College just outside Portland, Oregon. 

A limited number of travel stipends of up to $1000 each (depending upon applicant location) will be awarded to faculty members or instructors employed by CyberWatch West member institutions. To be considered, faculty should apply before the end of the day on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Applicants will be notified by approximately May 9 whether or not they will receive a stipend. CyberWatch West recommended that everyone planning to attend 3CS register on or before May 18, in order to receive the early bird discount.

After the conference, accepted applicants will be required to submit a completed W-9 IRS form and two written paragraphs, describing what they learned at 3CS, before their travel stipends will be issued to them. 

Update: As of May 2, 2018, applications for travel stipends are no longer being accepted. 

 

 

CyberWatch West educational members can now apply for travel stipends to support their attendance of the 2018 Community College Cyber Summit (3CS), being held August 2–4 at Mt. Hood Community College just outside Portland, Oregon. 

This year the three-day conference offers workshops and presentations in four tracks, for four different audiences:

  • Track 1: Colleges / faculty that are new to cybersecurity;
  • Track 2: Educators who are experienced at teaching cybersecurity and/or representatives of colleges that aspire to earn the CAE2Y designation;
  • Track 3: Educators looking to expand their expertise and transform their cybersecurity programs;
  • Track 4: Cybersecurity students 

Students studying cybersecurity are also invited to participate in a pre-summit job fair on Thursday morning, August 2, and a National Cyber League (NCL) showcase and workshop on Thursday evening. 

A limited number of travel stipends of up to $1000 each (depending upon applicant location) will be awarded to faculty members or instructors employed by CyberWatch West member institutions. To be considered, please complete and submit the online form below, before the end of the day on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Applicants will be notified by approximately May 9 whether or not they will receive a stipend. It's recommended that everyone planning to attend 3CS register on or before May 18, in order to receive the early bird discount.

After the conference, accepted applicants will be required to submit a completed W-9 IRS form and two written paragraphs, describing what they learned at 3CS, before their travel stipends will be issued to them. 

 

NOTE: As of May 2, 2018, applications for travel stipends are no longer being accepted. 

California educators employed by CyberWatch West member institutions can now apply for travel stipends to support their attendance of the third annual Winter ICT Educators Conference, which will be held Thursday, January 4, and Friday, January 5, 2018.

A limited number of stipends will be provided to select applicants who represent CyberWatch West educational members in California and live 100 miles or farther from the conference's location on the Cisco Systems campus in San Jose, California. Applicants receiving travel support for this conference from other sources are not eligible. 

CyberWatch West will notify applicants on approximately Tuesday, November 28 whether they have been selected to receive a travel stipend.

Accepted applicants will be required to submit a completed W-9 IRS form and two written paragraphs, describing what they learned at the conference, before their travel stipends will be issued to them.

 

CyberWatch West is no longer accepting applications for ICT Conference travel stipends. 

 

 

 

CyberWatch West is hosting a free webinar series for educators, "Cyber Intelligence Workshop: Bridging the Gap with 'Soft Skills' for Cybersecurity Careers," online on five consecutive Fridays, 11 am to 12:30 pm, from August 11 to September 8, 2017. 

To reach their potential in future cybersecurity careers, students need not only an array of technical skills but also “soft skills” that will enable them to work effectively in teams and in real-world situations.

California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) has worked with national intelligence agencies, federal agencies, private corporations, and other universities in developing its graduate programs in cybersecurity and national security. These employers emphasize that one of their major concerns is that tomorrow’s cybersecurity pros be ready to communicate clearly, critically evaluate evidence, and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of different possible conclusions.

This webinar series by CSUSB adjunct instructor Anastacia Webster will explore ways you can help cybersecurity and IT students develop these essential soft skills:

  • Clear written communication, particularly communicating technical information to non-technical analysts and decision-makers
  • Creative thinking techniques that help analysts avoid getting trapped in their own mindsets and misinterpreting information
  • Structured analytical techniques for reaching more accurate assessments and estimates

Ms. Webster will discuss how, by partnering with the university’s political science department and other departments, CSUSB has expanded the range of cybersecurity education it can offer students. The templates and resources she provides will be especially relevant for academic institutions building degree programs in the fields of cybersecurity and security, but the broader discussion about cross-pollination between technical and nontechnical subjects will be of interest also to instructors teaching in secondary education and at the college level.

Teachers and faculty wanting to attend should register online on CyberWatch West's Webex registration page: https://cyberwatchwest.webex.com/cyberwatchwest/k2/j.php?MTID=teed1a494ad36970719b77fe106b8e3ce. CyberWatch West membership is not a requirement for participation.  

To sample the contents of the webinar series, view some of the short videos linked to on the Cyber Intelligence page

 

CyberWatch West supported Colorado Springs Cybersecurity Industry Day on the afternoon of April 10, 2017, by sponsoring a closing reception. More than thirty-five representatives of local academia, industry, and government gathered at the event to discuss ways to work together on cybersecurity internship and apprenticeship programs.

At the reception, Dr. Dan Manson, a CyberWatch West Co-PI, presented on student competitions, such as the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) and CyberPatriot, explaining why students who join high school or college teams are better prepared for future careers in cybersecurity.

 

Colorado Springs Cybersecurity Industry Day, April 10, 2017

 

Speakers earlier in the day included Dudley Light, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship; Jennifer Jirous-Rapp, State Programs and Pathways Manager, Colorado Department of Education; Dr. Leigh Armistead, president of Peregrine Technical Solutions, Yorktown, VA; Heather Terenzio-McCollester, CEO and co-founder of Techtonic Group and Techtonic Academy; and Brad Revare, Director of Business Partnerships for CareerWise Colorado.

In addition to CyberWatch West, Colorado Springs Cybersecurity Industry Day was sponsored by member school Pikes Peak Community College, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, the Southern Colorado Technology Alliance, and Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation, which provided the venue.

Colorado has one of the larger cybersecurity talent gaps in the nation according to the Cyber Seek website, an online resource created by Burning Glass Technologies, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE).

Cyber Seek’s interactive heat map rates the concentration of cybersecurity jobs in Colorado Springs “very high” compared to the national average, while the supply of cybersecurity workers is “very low.” It reports that the total employed cybersecurity workforce in the Colorado Springs metropolitan area was 5,789 in 2016, and 3,133 cybersecurity job listings were posted from July 2015 through June 2016.