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Maryland State Superintendent Kick’s of Maryland’s NSA Day of Cyber School Challenge to connect

Maryland State Superintendent Kick’s of Maryland’s NSA Day of Cyber School Challenge to connect

The Maryland “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge kicked off on Tuesday November, 7th and will run through Feb. 28th.

“Maryland Schools are able to participate in the Maryland “NSA Day of Cyber” School Challenge, a free virtual platform that allows students to explore careers in cybersecurity, announced state superintendent Karen Salmon.

The program allows students to “take a seat” beside the NSA cyber threat director via a web-based platform. The students will virtually participate in real-world scenarios, allowing them to test their skills while exploring the various cybersecurity careers available.

“Challenging our students to think ahead and consider career choices in cybersecurity and related fields ensures they have the solid foundation they need to compete in an increasingly globalized workforce,” Salmon said in a statement. “The ‘Day of Cyber’ Challenge provides an exciting opportunity for Maryland students to become inspired and interested in one of Maryland’s fastest growing fields.”

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

Cosmic Advanced Engineering Solutions sponsors teachers in Colorado to become Cyber Teachers

Cosmic Advanced Engineering Solutions sponsors teachers in Colorado to become Cyber Teachers

Carol Zanmiller, CEO, Cosmic AES, announced that they are sponsoring 25 teachers in Colorado to become Cyber Teachers with the Cyber Teacher Professional Development Certificate.

The Cyber Teacher Professional Development Certificate Program is an online process that provides teachers upon completion with eight hours of continuing education units (CEUs) issued by the Computer Science Teachers Association.

Carol Zanmiller, CEO of Cosmic AES commented, “We are proud that through the CyberPoint International Mentor Protégé Program, we have the opportunity to sponsor teachers in our region and enable them to gain the cyber knowledge they need to take to prepare their students for the in-demand cyber jobs of the future.”

Georges Day of Cyber Corner

Georges Day of Cyber Corner

“Hi, everyone! I’m really pleased to bring you the first installment of “George’s Day of Cyber Corner,” which will be a regular section now in The Day of Cyber Newsletter. I will be sharing tips and underlying value that will help you better use the Day of Cyber in your classroom. I also hope to pose some thought provoking questions that just may get you thinking out of the box about how you can better connect your students with the exciting career opportunities in cybersecurity.”

How Can I Use the Day of Cyber in the Classroom “If”
I’m fortunate to also lead our Technical Support team as they answer questions coming in from all across the nation.  A recurring theme we hear from teachers is along the lines of “How can I run the Day of Cyber … if I don’t have enough working computers … if my students are younger than 13 years of age … if I don’t have enough time in class … if I don’t know the material myself?”