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As technology and threat actors continue to advance, the demand grows for cybersecurity educators to keep up with the trends while preparing their students for the workforce.

Cybersecurity educators and innovators are invited to submit their effective practices to the National CyberWatch Center’s fourth annual Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Awards and Recognition program. Submissions are now being accepted.

“As technology and threat actors continue to advance, the demand grows for cybersecurity educators to keep up with the trends while preparing their students for the workforce,” said Casey O’Brien, Executive Director of the National CyberWatch Center. “National CyberWatch wants to recognize the innovative ways educators are expanding their classrooms to invigorate and engage their students.”

Selected submissions will be showcased in the Innovations in Cybersecurity Education publication, which accelerates the adoption of new ideas throughout the academic community. The selected submissions will receive national recognition in news releases, newsletters and social media campaigns, in addition to earning a digital badge.

Last year, National CyberWatch Center received over 70 submissions. The five winning submissions were: Pathway to Advancement in Cybersecurity Education; Thinking Outside the Box: Using Escape Room Games to Interest Teachers and Students in Cybersecurity; Incentive-Based Platform for Teaching Cryptocurrency, Bug Bounty, Reconnaissance and More; and Three Colleges + Three Degrees = One Successful Cyber Career. An honorable mention also was awarded to a submission around PCI Credit Card Security.

“My hope is that the curated submissions and subsequent dissemination of the various innovations in cybersecurity education and workforce development will accelerate the adaptation and adoption of new ideas throughout the academic community, while at the same time, recognizing individuals and organizations for their work,” said Casey.

Award winners will be acknowledged at the Community College Cyber Summit at Sinclair Community College in Dayton OH Aug. 4-6, 2020. Submissions should be currently in use or have been used in cybersecurity education, and will be accepted through Jan. 15, 2020. For more information, visit nationalcyberwatch.org/innovations/.

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