NSA Day Of Cyber Introduction

NSA Day of Cyber champions  National Cyber Security Awareness Month this October!

NSA Day of Cyber champions National Cyber Security Awareness Month this October!

National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) — held annually in October — is a collaborative effort between government, industry and organizations of all sizes to promote a safer, more secure and more trusted internet.

Since its inception under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), NCSAM has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, small and medium-sized businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people nationwide. 2016 marks the 13th year of National Cyber Security Awareness Month – there is no better time than now to get involved!

Throughout the month of October, NCSA will provide a wide variety of easy-to-use, sharable resources to help you spread the word. Each week will showcase a different cybersecurity topic for you to do discuss with your community, friends, family and students.

Become a NCSAM Champion
Register yourself and/or your organization or school as a Champion to take action in support of NCSAM. It’s easy and free to sign up at staysafeonline.org/ncsam/champions.

Michael Kaiser, Executive Director, National Cyber Security Alliance on National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Michael Kaiser, Executive Director, National Cyber Security Alliance on National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Day of Cyber:
With National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) a few weeks away, can you please share more on what parents, students,\ and teachers can do to support the mission?

Mr. Kaiser:

NCSAM continues to grow bigger with each passing year, and we are excited to continue building on this extremely collaborative effort in 2016. The true spirit of NCSAM is founded in the broad-reaching ways that industry, government, academia, nonprofit organizations and individuals nationwide work in concert to influence and educate their diverse audiences and communities about online safety and security. We encourage parents, teachers and students alike to get involved by sharing our downloadable materials, using the #CyberAware hashtag on social media and registering yourself or your school as a NCSAM Champion – it’s a free way to officially show your support!

Interview with Rodney Petersen of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education

Interview with Rodney Petersen of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education

The NSA Day of Cyber recently interviewed Rodney Petersen, Director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to learn more about some of the values that are part of the NICE strategic plan and his thoughts on how the U.S. is doing with preparing our educators and students for the cyber jobs of the future.

NSA Day of Cyber:
In your opinion, how do you think the U.S. is doing with preparing our educators and students for the cyber jobs of the future?

Mr. Petersen:
With respect to developing a pipeline of future cybersecurity professionals, the education and training providers are doing a superb job of creating the foundation for future success. While there are many areas where improvement is needed, most notably a need to provide hands-on learning and use of performance-based assessments, there is a lot of energy and positive momentum towards accomplishing our long-term goals. The challenge is that cybersecurity is still an evolving field with ever-changing threats and vulnerabilities so it will require continuous learning on both the part of educators and employees.

TechGirlz Becomes a NSA Day of Cyber Partner to Inspire Young Girls to Explore Careers in Cybersecurity

TechGirlz Becomes a NSA Day of Cyber Partner to Inspire Young Girls to Explore Careers in Cybersecurity

Techgirlz, founded by Tracey Welson-Rossman, whose mission is to inspire middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers, is excited to partner with the NSA Day of Cyber initiative to educate middle school girls about the exciting opportunities in the Cybersecurity field through the NSA Day of Cyber program.

 

National Urban League’s Youth Leadership Summit at Coppin State University Test Drive Cyber Careers with the NSA Day of Cyber

The National Urban League partners on the NSA Day of Cyber initiative to support their STEM education goals and provide young people with a unique educational and development experience, focused on important skills for success in college, work and life for the purpose of getting African American and other urban youth ready for college, work and life. It helps 8th-12th grade students make academic progress, benefit from cultural enrichment opportunities and develop important skills, attitudes and aptitudes that will aid in their transition from high school and position them for post-secondary success. Participants receive academic, social and cultural supports and opportunities designed to develop “readiness”: having the information and perspective necessary for success without needing remediation in college or career.

NSA GenCyber Summer Camps Inspire the Next Generation of Cyber Stars

NSA GenCyber Summer Camps Inspire the Next Generation of Cyber Stars

The GenCyber program provides summer cybersecurity camp experiences for students and teachers at the K-12 level. The goals of the program are to help all students understand correct and safe on-line behavior, increase diversity and interest in cybersecurity and careers in the cybersecurity workforce of the Nation, and improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content in K-12 computer science curricula.

After the success of 2015’s 43 GenCyber summer camps, opportunities for 2016 have greatly expanded, with plans in the works for 133 summer camps across the nation, more than triple the number in 2015.

250 Girl Scouts participate in the GenCyber summer camp at Cal State University

250 Girl Scouts participate in the GenCyber summer camp at Cal State University

This June, the GenCyber summer camp at Cal State University, San Bernardino served 250 girl scouts, ages 10-15 from San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Participants had the opportunity to run the NSA Day of Cyber, hack drones, secure passwords, explore cyber forensics, practice internet safety, play cyber capture the flag, learn team building skills on a high ropes course, and much more

Tennessee Tech adds NSA Day of Cyber Experience to their GenCyber Student and Teacher Camps

Tennessee Tech adds NSA Day of Cyber Experience to their GenCyber Student and Teacher Camps

Tennessee Tech University’s Dr. Ambareen Siraj, Director of Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center (CEROC: www.tnetch.edu/ceroc) and Vitaly Ford, Ph.D Candidate and GenCyber lead instructor gave the Day of Cyber team an inside look at some of the programs, including the NSA Day of Cyber, they are using for their GenCyber student and teacher camps to inspire more students to pursue careers in cybersecurity, and resources that they are making available to high school STEM teachers to help them incorporate cybersecurity content into their classrooms.

America’s Community Colleges launch NSA Day of Cyber

America’s Community Colleges launch NSA Day of Cyber

Day of Cyber recently interviewed Casey O’ Brien, Director and Principal Investigator of the National CyberWatch Center, to get his perspective on the explosive demand for cybersecurity professionals and the role community colleges play in preparing students for the thousands of open and unfilled jobs in cybersecurity and why the NSA Day of Cyber can inspire more students to pursue careers in IT.

CISOs Unite To Create Cyber Teachers

CISOs Unite To Create Cyber Teachers

Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) at the nation’s leading companies are organizing to fund scholarships for the Cyber Teacher Professional Development program to address the nation’s cyber skills gap and help teachers prepare their students for opportunities in this fast growing area of our economy.