News for Faculty

California CWW Members: Apply Now for Travel Stipends for ICT Educators Conference

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. 




Cyber Intelligence Workshop Starting Friday, August 11

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: 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 Sponsors Reception for Cybersecurity Event in Colorado Springs

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.  




Cybersecurity community mourns the passing of widely respected security technology expert

It is with great sadness that CyberWatch West shares the news of the passing of Rebecca “Becky” Gurley Bace, an internationally recognized expert in network security and intrusion detection. 

The chief strategist of the Center for Forensics, Information Technology and Security (CFITS), an organization at the University of South Alabama (USA), Bace was also the president/CEO of the security-specialty consulting firm Infidel. 

Bace served on the National Visiting Committee for CyberWatch West during its first grant period. 

“She was a wonderful person and a pioneer in the field,” said CyberWatch West Director and Principal Investigator Corrinne Sande. “She contributed greatly to the advancement of women and underrepresented groups in the field of cybersecurity. I first met her in England when we were serving on the same working group, studying barriers to diversity in cybersecurity.”

In 2014, SC Magazine featured Bace in its inaugural “Women in Security” issue, as one of ten female leaders selected for their longstanding contributions to the IT security space.

Bace suffered a heart attack Monday night, March 13. She passed away on Tuesday at USA Medical Center. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 25 on the campus of the University of South Alabama; details are available from the university website

ACSA’s Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS) program has announced that its top scholarship has been renamed the Rebecca Gurley Bace SWSIS Scholarship, in honor of this pioneer in the information security field. 

Contributions to help support this scholarship are can be made by sending a check (sorry, no online contributions) to:

Applied Computer Security Associates, Inc.
2906 Covington Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Checks should be made payable to “Applied Computer Security Associates”; please note “SWSIS Rebecca Gurley Bace Scholarship” on the memo line.




Apply now for travel stipends for 3CS in June

CyberWatch West educational members can now apply for travel stipends to support their attendance of the 2017 Community College Cyber Summit (3CS), being held June 28-30 just outside Washington, D.C.

The three-day conference offers workshops and presentations for educators in three main tracks: Track 1, for colleges and faculty that are new to cybersecurity; Track 2, for faculty already working on cybersecurity workforce development and/or pursuing the CAE designation; and Track 3, which focuses on the incorporation of cybersecurity principles, safe practices, and hands-on skills in diverse fields across the curriculum, including health, finance, education, energy, and manufacturing.

Students studying cybersecurity can register to participate in a pre-summit job fair on Wednesday morning, June 28, 9 to 11:30 a.m., and attend Track 4 presentations that afternoon. 

Ten travel stipends of approximately $1500 each (may vary according to applicant need) 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 Wednesday, March 15, 2017. 

Applicants will be notified by approximately March 28 whether or not they will receive a stipend. It's recommended that everyone planning to attend 3CS register on or before March 31, in order to receive the early bird discount.

CyberWatch West is no longer accepting applications for travel stipends to attend the 2017 Community College Cyber Summit.  



Travel funding available for the Pacific Northwest Cisco Networking Academy – ICT Instructor Conference

CyberWatch West has limited travel funding available to help educators at member institutions attend the third annual Pacific Northwest Cisco Networking Academy  – ICT Instructor Conference being held March 29–31 at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington.

The conference focuses on the Cisco Networking Academy program but will also include presentations on other subjects, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Teaching C++, and Big Data in the Cloud.

Five travel stipends of approximately $1000 each (may vary according to applicant need) will be awarded to faculty members or instructors employed by CyberWatch West educational members that are NetAcademy schools and are located in one of the following U.S. states: Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. 

To be considered for a travel stipend, please email the following information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: your name, the name of the institution where you are employed, your title, and a short written explanation of why you wish to attend the conference. Applications must be received by Tuesday, February 28, to be considered. Awardees will be notified by Friday, March 10, 2017. 





New Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity course unveiled at January webinar

CyberWatch West launched a new course designed specifically for community colleges, “Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” with a free webinar on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.

The course was created in collaboration with George Mason University’s Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, leveraging its graduate-level coursework to produce a beginning course suitable for undergraduate students with a basic understanding of network and computer security. CyberWatch West sponsored and published the course, making it available to instructors for their use under a Creative Commons license.

Course materials, which can be accessed and downloaded at, include:

  • 11 slide presentations, with instructor notes
  • Suggested reading assignments, mainly from government documents in the public domain
  • Hands-on activities, such as using a simulator to learn packet capture, setting up the Department of Homeland Security’s CSET risk assessment tool, and installing a digital certificate
  • A series of team assignments that culminate in a final presentation
  • 150 assessment questions (answer key available upon request)

Fourteen faculty members and cybersecurity educators participated in the walkthrough, led by key course developers Stephen Miller of Eastern New Mexico University—Ruidoso and Dr. Margaret Leary of Northern Virginia Community College.

A video of the webinar is available for download by CyberWatch West members at (login and member-level access required).