NSA Day Of Cyber Introduction

The National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSS) becomes a NSA Day of Cyber National Partner

The National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSS) becomes a NSA Day of Cyber National Partner

The National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS) has partnered with NSA Day of Cyber to increase awareness of cybersecurity careers. NCSSS represents the top STEM high schools from all over the country, along with colleges and universities that seek to develop relationships with the heads of these schools with high-performers.

Augusta University GenCyber Middle Grades Teacher Camp

Augusta University GenCyber Middle Grades Teacher Camp

Kendra Sue Finch, a Technology Integration and Innovation Coordinator at Westminister Schools of Augusta, led the GenCyber Middle Grades Teacher camp at Augusta University and found a very creative way to incorporate the NSA Day of Cyber into her GenCyber Middle Grades Teacher camp. “I felt it would be important for ALL of the teachers who attended the camp to be able to introduce their students to the amazing opportunities in the field of cybersecurity that they could pursue in their future,” commented Kendra.

I needed my teachers to break into 5 groups of 6 teachers each. Instead of just putting them in groups, I decided to make my grouping strategy reflect the Day of Cyber content. Each teacher was given a “Top Secret and Confidential” letter. Each letter explained that the teacher had been selected to begin training to become one of the following jobs:

  • Vulnerability Analyst
  • Crypto Analyst
  • Exploitation Analyst
  • Capability Development Specialist
  • Cyber Research Specialist

University of West Florida GenCyber Camp

University of West Florida GenCyber Camp

The University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity hosted two combination GenCyber camps for high school students and grade school teachers in July. The UWF Center for Cybersecurity staff incorporated the NSA Day of Cyber, Basic Cyber Challenges, the NSA Weekly Crytogram Challenge and the GenCyber First 10 Principles into the camp curriculum.

West Florida High School junior Malcolm Pressley said Day of Cyber “is definitely worth checking out.” Pressley particularly enjoyed the video that allowed him to experience a day in the life of six National Security Agency professionals. He said his profile matched with those of a director and computer network operator, and the Day of Cyber program further convinced him that he possesses the skillset for a career in cybersecurity. Gulf Breeze High School freshman Foster Ware said the video opened his eyes to all of the possible careers at NSA.

George’s Day of Cyber Corner

George’s Day of Cyber Corner

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an excellent time to bring cybersecurity to life in your classroom!  If you haven’t yet determined what cyber activities to have your students do, then this installment of Day of Cyber Corner is just what the doctor ordered!

Here is a collection of ideas that can help fill your Class Planner with exciting ways for better connecting your students with cyber.

LifeJourney’s New Cyber University Program Enables Community Colleges and Universities to Rapidly Increase Enrollment in Cyber Programs

LifeJourney’s New Cyber University Program Enables Community Colleges and Universities to Rapidly Increase Enrollment in Cyber Programs

LifeJourney today released its “Cyber University” program that enables two and four year institutions who are focused on cybersecurity education to grow their cybersecurity enrollment by attracting and retaining top students.

The LifeJourney NSA Day of Cyber program, an online cybersecurity career exploration platform has hundreds of thousands of students registered nationwide. The Cyber University enables students to have a direct connection from the NSA Day of Cyber program to the community colleges and universities that provide the education needed to fill the cyber jobs of the future. Cyber University provides college recruitment departments a real time ability to connect those students and adult learners interested in a cyber career to their community colleges and universities.

CyberPatriot – the Nation’s largest, fastest growing youth cyber defense competition becomes a NSA Day of Cyber Partner

CyberPatriot – the Nation’s largest, fastest growing youth cyber defense competition becomes a NSA Day of Cyber Partner

LifeJourney’s NSA Day of Cyber program is excited to announce partnership with CyberPatriot.

“Both organizations are focused on inspiring students towards careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and together can make an even bigger impact across the nation,” stated CEO LifeJourney, Rick Geritz.”

CyberPatriot is now completing its ninth year of competition and has grown from just a handful of participating teams to now being more than 4,000 teams nationwide.

George’s Day of Cyber Corner

George’s Day of Cyber Corner

Have you yet encountered the “cyber activities” available to students in their Day of Cyber dashboards?  If not, you are in for some real exciting adventures that are sure to pique the interest and involvement of your class, while at the same time provide you with some powerful new ways to connect cyber to your own syllabus!

South Carolina launches State-wide SC Cyber “Day of Cyber” School Challenge

South Carolina launches State-wide SC Cyber “Day of Cyber” School Challenge

Statewide cybersecurity organization SC Cyber announced the launch of South Carolina’s “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge. The challenge began on March 1st and will run through the end of April 2017. Participating students will take part in rigorous, real-life virtual cyber scenarios, discover the skills and tools used by the NSA cyber professionals, and explore the vast number of careers in cybersecurity. Students will each receive an individualized Cyber Resume and NSA Certificate of Completion.

“The “Day of Cyber” School Challenge will introduce students to careers in high-demand sectors like cyber security,” said Tom Scott, SC Cyber Executive Director. “The key to successfully navigating our new digital economy and supporting the growing cyber security ecosystem within South Carolina will be the investment in our workforce and the necessary educational foundations that a program such as this provides for students.”

Day of Cyber Interviews Walden University’s Cyber Professor – Bob Duhainy, PhD

Day of Cyber Interviews Walden University’s Cyber Professor – Bob Duhainy, PhD

The Day of Cyber team had the opportunity to sit down with Bob Duhainy, PhD, Principal Investigator, Core Faculty, School of Management and Technology and Doctor of Information Technology at Walden University, to find out how he leveraged the NSA Day of Cyber experience to inspire more students to consider cybersecurity programs at Walden University.

Day of Cyber:
How does the NSA Day of Cyber align with Walden’s mission?

Dr. Duhainy:
The NSA Day of Cyber mission directly aligns with Walden’s vision to education where knowledge is judged worthy to the degree that it can be applied by its graduates to the immediate solutions of critical societal challenges, thereby advancing the greater global good.

Day of Cyber:
How did the NSA Day of Cyber benefit your students?

Dr. Duhainy:
The NSA Day of Cyber provides new web-based learning modules to introduce students to new careers in Cybersecurity and also adds practical applications for a prospective career in cyber-space. In addition, it contains applied work assignments that put learning into action as well as seamlessly integrate all components of the learning environment including learning, application and collaboration.

Attention Virginia Educators!

Attention Virginia Educators!

Don’t forget to sign-up before the end of March and take part in Governor McAuliffe’s Virginia “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge.

There are a few more weeks for Virginia schools to take part in Virginia’s “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge. The school with the highest student participation at the end of March will be recognized by Governor McAullife at a ceremony in Richmond.

Governor McAuliffe is encouraging middle, high school and post-secondary educators across the Commonwealth to take part in the “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge by registering and participating before the end of March.

As of today, Battlefield High School is the top Virginia school with Pocahontas Middle and Heritage High School trailing behind.

“The ‘Day of Cyber’ School Challenge will be fun for our students and will encourage them to consider potential careers that they may not have previously explored,” said Secretary of Education Dietra Trent. “By challenging our students to start thinking early about cybersecurity and related fields, we are making sure they have the foundation they need to compete in an increasingly globalized workforce.”