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CyberWatch West (CWW)

CWW 2nd Annual Member Conference

On Friday, May 17th, over 50 people, representing twenty CWW Member schools, gathered for the 2nd Annual CWW Member Conference at the Ayres Suites in Ontario, CA. CWW kicked-off the morning with brief introductions and allowed time for each of the members in attendance to share information about the status and scope of their cybersecurity programs. An extensive preview was provided of the soon to be released Knowledge Unit criteria, the newly established framework for cybersecurity education. The afternoon session was highlighted by an interactive demonstration of the Control-Alt-Hack board game. As an extra added bonus, all of the attendees were given a game to take back to their respective colleges to share with their students.

CWW Launches Mentoring Program and More...

Since the inception of CyberWatch West, we have asked members what kind of training they want. The classes were so popular that they sold out. We've heard many of them are using what they've learned to enhance curriculum, develop labs, and mentor students. Several participants were even able to pass the FTK Digital Forensics certification exam.

We are offering "My Own Course". The course, offered at no cost to CWW Members, will allow you to develop the Cybersecurity course you have always wanted to, along with the necessary labs. Teaching digital forensics can be challenging especially with the need to maintain a lab of computers, keep the software up-to-date and have realistic scenarios/evidence to work with. This course will address many of those concerns using the Remote Access Virtualization Environment (RAVE) as a platform starting July 29th.

Student Competitions


This spring marked the Annual Western Regional Cyber Defense Competition, a 3-day contest held at the beginning of April at the Sheraton Fairplex in Pomona. With teams from 13 colleges competing, Cal Poly Pomona held off a late charge from a very capable UC Berkeley team (in its first WRCCDC) to take First  Place, with Cal State San Bernardino placing third.To give you a glimpse into the dynamics of the competition, here's an interesting blog   from one of the "Red Team" members or check out the WRCCDC  Twitter feed   or YouTube  videos.


Our colleagues in the Northwest held their 6th Annual Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition the week before the WRCCDC.  Hosted by Highline Community College, the top three finishers were the University of Washington, Eastern Washington University and Evergreen State College. 

Curriculum Development Knowledge Units and More...

 CNSS standards have provided a platform of collaboration for government and academia to establish standards for curricula in cybersecurity. There have been sweeping changes and as of 1/6/13, CNSS standards are no longer a prerequisite for designation of Center of Academic Excellence in cybersecurity. Under the new program, Knowledge 

Units (KUs), created jointly by the National Security Administration (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), are to be the standard for cybersecurity program curricula. For additional information on the CNSS and CAE designation changes, please refer to the FAQson the CWW website. We will also provide workshops on these matters as they relate to your cybersecurity programs.

California Launches Cybersecurity Task Force

CyberWatch West took part in closed-door meetings, along with government and private sector leaders, to help launch a Cybersecurity Taskforce for the state of California. The development of the taskforce is featured in this article in Emergency Management by Colin Wood that originally appeared in GovenmentTechnology. Also featured in the article is Michele Robinson, Acting Director of Information Security for the California Department of Education and the most recent addition to CWW's Advisory Board.