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NSF Awards WCC $6.4 Million in Grants to Advance Cybersecurity Education


NSF awards Whatcom Community College $6.4 million in grants to advance cybersecurity education nationwide

Grants confirm WCC’s national leadership in preparing students for cyber careers


WCC CIS labBellingham, Wash. – Whatcom Community College (WCC) has received two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling $6.4 million. These grants reinforce Whatcom’s nationwide leadership in cybersecurity and allow the College to drive a substantial nationwide expansion of cybersecurity programs in other colleges and universities.

“Funding from the National Science Foundation acknowledges the exemplary and cutting-edge work being done by Whatcom’s faculty and staff,” said WCC President Kathi Hiyane-Brown. “The College is proud to be at the forefront of cybersecurity education and to be recognized for creating meaningful advances in the cybersecurity field. It’s exciting to know these grants will allow WCC and partner institutions to share those best practices with colleges throughout the U.S.”

"The grants for Whatcom Community College’s cybersecurity program will further Washington state's role as a leader and hub for cybersecurity,” said Sen. Patty Murray. “Investing in educational opportunities nationwide is critical to developing the workforce needed to defend our economy and our nation from increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks and cyber threats.”


Rep. Rick Larsen added: "Whatcom Community College is a national leader in training a highly skilled cybersecurity workforce to protect our country from increasing cyber threats. These new NSF grants underscore Whatcom Community College’s critical and innovative work to improve our country’s cybersecurity. I look forward to touring the College’s cybersecurity facility on Monday, Aug. 31 and seeing this nationally recognized program in action.”


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San Jose Mercury News


Facebook teams up with SJSU to get more women in cybersecurity

By Queenie Wong | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | posted: 07/10/2015 03:31:53 PM PDT

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From right, Cyber Camp instructor Leslie Walczak helps Natalie Valencia, 10, and Areli Melchor,11, both of Daniel Lairon Middle school, with a question during the CyberPatriot competition at Facebook in Menlo Park, Calif. on Friday, July 10, 2015. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group) PHOTOS: Cyber Camp for Middle School Girls at Facebook

MENLO PARK -- Fifth-grader Natalie Valencia thought that cybersecurity was a career path boys followed, not girls, but a weeklong summer camp at Facebook changed her mind.

"Mostly boys do fixing," said Natalie, a student at Lairon College Preparatory Academy in San Jose. "Now I thought about it, and I know it's for girls, too."

The 10-year-old was among more than 30 female middle school students who were learning about cyberethics, Internet security tips, malware and more at the social media giant's headquarters this week.

In a joint effort with San Jose State University and several nonprofits, Facebook is trying to get more women interested in the field by exposing students to computer science at a young age...

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San Jose Mercury News

Participants work on a poster during a team-building exercise as about 50 middle school girls from across Silicon Valley show off their cybersecurity skills at the first ever CyberGirlz Silicon Valley Summit on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at San Jose State University, in San Jose, Calif. The 7th and 8th grade girls learned cryptography, networking, forensics, web exploitation and basic programming skills in their afterschool programs. (Patrick Tehan)


SAN JOSE -- Hacking is big these days. So is cyberwarfare.

What's not big is the percentage of women working in the field of cybersecurity.

Try 10 percent, says Virginia Lehmkuhl-Dakhwe, organizer of Saturday's first-ever CyberGirlz Silicon Valley summit.

The event at San Jose State was a chance for 50 South Bay middle school girls to show off what they've learned the past few months from a program designed to train and inspire them to eventually make a living nabbing cyberthieves.

"The field of cybersecurity is expected to grow tenfold over the next 10 years," said Lehmkuhl-Dakhwe, director of San Jose State's Jay Pinson STEM Education Program, as teams from various schools set up their exhibits and prepared for the summit. "I want that workforce to reflect the diversity of this area, which means 50 percent men and 50 percent women. Right now, it's mostly men and mostly Caucasian." .... Read More at



CBS News

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Strengthening the nation's defense against hackers

It appears that White House emails are the latest target to be hacked. According to today's New York Times, hackers -- believed to be linked with the Russian government -- did not get a hold of classified information, but they were able to gain access to some of President Obama's email correspondence. It is another cyberattack that has many on edge. Our Cover Story is reported by David Pogue of Yahoo Tech:

In Huntsville, Alabama, they're training the next generation of cyberwarriors. Here, high-school students can take Cyber Security the way other kids might take Geometry or English... Read Full Article at CBS News


MHCC - Press Release



Mt. Hood Community College, Cyber Defense Program Recognized as National Center of Academic Excellence by NSA, DHS

Press Release -

Posted: April 6, 2015

Gresham, Ore. - The US National Security Agency and US Department of Homeland Security have recognized Mt. Hood Community College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education Two-Year (CAE2Y) beginning June of 2015 through 2019, making MHCC the only institution of higher education in the state of Oregon to hold such a designation.

In a letter to the college, the NSA congratulated MHCC and its Cyber Defense Program for meeting the increasing demands of program criteria – an effort that will result in "contributing to the protection of the National Information Infrastructure." In recent years, the federal government has put a high priority on developing a rigorous cyber defense program, including creating a US Cyber Command in 2010 as part of the military structure to defend against cyber attacks. In an April 1, 2015 post to its website, the National Security Council called strengthening US cyber security the "defining challenge of the 21st century... Read Full Press Release

Local News - KING 5 News Alison Morrow reports

Students fend off cyber attacks in competition

Alison Morrow 11:09 a.m. PDT March 22, 2015

(Photo: KING)

A good guy in real life, Robert Hartshorn is no good guy today.

"Oh right now? Bad, totally," he laughed.

He's a security engineer for Hewlett Packard, exercising his sinister alter ego at Highline College during the 8th Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

"We have 14 teams we're actively attacking," Hartshorn said.

About 50 professional cyber security officials banded together to hack teams of college students from across Washington, Oregon and Idaho... read full article at


NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community now accepting applications!

The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community connects technical female students to a large group of peers and over 575 corporate, non-profit, and academic partners to build a strong network of women in computing.

Through sponsorship from Bloomberg, the over 3,300 young women in the community are invited to engage in reunions, meet-ups and gatherings around the country, in addition to virtual support such as webinars, early access to internship and job opportunities and technical projects.

NCWIT has added a college entry point into this vital community. Technical women in college are invited to apply - - to become part of the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community. All female college students majoring in computing are welcome and encouraged to apply.

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Girl Scouts Learn About Cybersecurity at CSUSB

Congratulations California State University, San Bernardino! The University's "Cyber Patchways for Middle School Girls" event was a great success! Almost 300 Girls Scouts and 32 middle school faculty from San Bernadino and Riverside county participated in the event that gave them a hands experience learning about STEM fields

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Cyber Internship Opportunity

No organization in the world will apply your cyber expertise like the FBI. Today’s FBI is dedicated to preventing and investigating the most sophisticated computer threats around the globe. Your skills may thwart illegal cyber activities that incite violent attacks, advance crime, target national security, aid terrorism, and threaten the nation’s critical infrastructures. Discover why now, more than ever, an FBI cyber career is for you.

Application opens
November 17- December 1, 2014

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Erich Spengler

Erich Spengler, Principal Investigator for CSSIA, passed away on Tuesday, November 11th. Erich was a leader in Cybersecurity education and was well known throughout the Cybersecurity community. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

The wake will be held Friday, November 14th from 2- 9 p.m. at Hills Funeral Home in Palos Hills, IL.

The funeral mass will be held Saturday, November 15th at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Oak Lawn, IL.

Donations can be made to the Moraine Valley Community College Foundation for a student scholarship that will be named in Erich’s honor. Donations to this scholarship can be made by clicking on the "Donate Now" button at

CyberWatch West Encourages You to Stop and Think Before Connecting Online

Did you know that 86% of college students use social media?[1] Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – these are all platforms we use and love on a daily basis. But are you practicing cyber safety while using these popular services? Cyberspace touches nearly every part of our daily lives; it includes the broadband networks beneath us and the wireless signals around us, the local networks in our schools and hospitals and businesses, and the massive grids that power our nation.

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ISSA-Educational Foundation Scholarship

Annual Information Security Scholarship

The Information Systems Security Association Education Foundation (ISSAEF) proudly announces an Information Security scholarship for outstanding students. To be eligible for a scholarship a student must be pursuing a career in computer science including information security and privacy and must be an active, full-time undergraduate or graduate student in an information security related program. 

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CyberGirlz Summit

The CyberGirlz Summit at Cal Poly Pomona is July 12, 8:00am-4:00pm. Information can be found by downloading the flyer or contacting Dr. Dan Manson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download the CyberGirlz Summit Flyer

CyberAuto Challenge

3rd Annual Battelle

CyberAuto Challenge

July 13-18, 2014 | Detroit, Michigan


Malware, intrusion detection systems, spyware, DMZs, computer zombies...these are not the sort of things you usually associate with a Sunday drive—but you should. Many cars already have more computational power than your laptop and more communications uplinks than the average office or internet cafe. These advances should improve safety, efficiency, and in-transit flexibility—but there are risks. Learn the security challenges associated with building the future transportation system. Learn how to adopt secure developmental and cyber architecture to combat these outside threats. 

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Report from the first annual Women in Cybersecurity Conference

by Lesley Piper

Last week, I attended the first annual Women in Cybersecurity Conference (WiCyS) in Nashville, TN. Dr. Ambareen Siraj, Computer Science Professor at Tennessee Tech University, organized WiCyS to start a conversation about cybersecurity as a viable career option for women. In seeking to expand awareness of cybersecurity careers, the conference brought together students, academia, government, and industry; it was funded by The National Science Foundation and a host of other sponsors, a list of which can be found here.

As stated on the WiCyS website: “Security professionals worldwide are expected to increase to nearly 4.2 million by 2015.” However, women are severely underrepresented in this field; according to a whitepaper from ISC2 and Symantec, women represent just 11% of Information Security professionals. The basic questions asked at WiCyS were: how can more women be encouraged to pursue a career in cybersecurity? And what resources and strategies can be shared to help them succeed?

The conference was divided into three tracks: Research, Education, and Industry. It included workshops, panel discussions, a poster session, resume clinics and a career fair. Speakers came from a variety of backgrounds and included Deb Frinke, Training Director of the NSA; Becky Base, Chief Strategist for the Center for Forensics, Information Technology and Security; and Michele Cantley, Regions Financial Chief Information Security Officer.

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NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering CSAW Cybersecurity Summer Research and Training Program

You are invited to apply for a six-week summer research program in cyber security sponsored by the National Science Foundation and New York University, Polytechnic School of Engineering.

The NYU Engineering CSAW Cybersecurity Summer Research and Training Program provides a unique opportunity for computer science college faculty to engage in ongoing research projects as part of a three-year program sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Ten qualified college faculty members will be selected for two weeks of intensive instruction in the basic concepts of cybersecurity followed by four weeks of research engagement at NYU Engineering. Over the remaining academic year, faculty and their students will engage in research topics with NYU-Poly professors, as well as participating as mentors in the NYU Engineering CSAW competition.


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San José State University (SJSU) Hosting Cybersecurity Events

San José State University (SJSU) is hosting a series of exciting events aimed at increasing the capacity of the regional Cybersecurity workforce.
We are currently recruiting event participants, particularly for the April 5th Cyber Quests Preparatory Day camp (see below).

Important DHS Announcement!

Press Office
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Press Release
Dec. 16, 2013
Contact: DHS Press Office, (202) 282-8010

~~WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the launch of the 2014 Secretary’s Honors Program (SHP) Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative for college students.  Through the program, more than 100 unpaid student volunteer assignments will be available to support DHS’ cyber mission at local DHS field offices in over 60 locations across the country. 

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