3CS is pleased to announce opportunities to expand the conference management and operating committees. 3CS is produced by the member institutions of the National CyberWatch Center, in collaboration with the National Cybersecurity Training and Education (NCyTE) center, and the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA).

As a guiding principle, we believe that the leadership of 3CS as a critical national resource demands the involvement of a diverse set of stakeholder groups, including educators, students, administrators, employers, policymakers, and vendors, especially those from underrepresented populations. We are drafting new operating charters that will limit the number of committees led by a single institution or stakeholder group. This strategic shift will make the conference leadership more inclusive by encouraging and embracing contributions from any and every cybersecurity education community member who wants to have a voice.

For more on this, including the various committees, responsibilities, and time commitment for each, see HERE.
3CS 2022 Career Exploration Event
The Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) is hosting a Career Exploration event to help 2- and 4-year Cybersecurity students and recent graduates understand the field and learn about the varied career opportunities. Participants will have an opportunity to talk to professionals in the field about careers and jobs, and attend conference sessions specifically geared towards students to learn about advancements in the field. 3CS will be held May 23-25, with the Career Exploration event taking place May 24 from 2pm - 4:30pm. Financial support is available for students to attend.
Learn more and download the student flyer to share HERE.
Don't Miss Early Bird Registration

Get ready for loads of workshops and fun at the seventh annual Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) hosted at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH, May 23-25, 2022. This year’s event features Cybersecurity Skills Development Workshops, a multitude of presentations and panel discussions, a Career Exploration event and tours of Dayton. Early bird registration ends Feb. 28.

Register HERE.
Machine Learning, Computing as Signal and Security Webcast
In this recorded webcast, a qualitative overview of the major types of machine learning algorithms, some of their strengths and limitations, and historical trends, were discussed. To learn how to apply them to the activity streams of computation and networking, the presenter discussed ways of treating event streams as signals or collections of features. Additionally, some of the attacks designed to defeat machine learning were also presented.

View the webcast HERE.
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Learn more and become a member HERE.
Cybersecurity Training for Faculty: Digital Forensics

The National Security Agency (NSA) has awarded a consortium of universities, led by the University of Colorado, Colorado Spring, a grant to provide Cybersecurity Training. The Florida International University (FIU) Electrical and Computer Engineering department and the National Forensics Science Technology Center is offering courses, workshops, and bootcamps to train novice cybersecurity faculty in developing knowledge, skills, and teaching practices in digital forensics.
The two courses will amplify digital forensics concepts and understanding. The workshops provide insight on best practices to teach digital forensics courses, and the bootcamps develop and expose students to various tools and how best to apply them during a digital forensics investigation.

For more information, including dates and registration, see HERE.
National Academy of Public Administration Report: A Call to Action: The Federal Government’s Role in Building a Cybersecurity Workforce for the Nation
As part of the FY 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act, Congress directed the Department of Homeland Security to contract with the National Academy of Public Administration (or a similar organization) to review the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) programs (primarily housed within the Cybersecurity Defense Education and Training [CDET] branch) to build a national cybersecurity workforce.
The task was to assess the excellence, scalability, and diversity of select CISA/CDET workforce-development programs and to consider alternative models for building a cyber workforce. The study Panel of Academy Fellows also looked at additional efforts across the government aimed at ensuring the nation’s cybersecurity workforce needs are being met. The Academy’s Study Team staff performed the research and analysis to inform Panel member analysis and recommendations.

Download the report HERE.
Help Validate an Assessment of Cybersecurity Knowledge: Cybersecurity Curriculum Assessment (CCA)
Researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and University of Minnesota Duluth have developed the CCA to measure understanding of cybersecurity concepts of students who are nearing completion of a program focused on cybersecurity. The CCA is a multiple-choice instrument and typically takes up to two hours to complete. The researchers suggest that students who take the assessment receive extra credit.
Upon submission of the CCA, each student will see a report of their performance. All performance data and demographic information will be kept confidential and anonymous. In particular, the researchers will not release performance data by school.

Instructions for taking the CCA can be found HERE.
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