Proposals Wanted for the Community College Cyber Summit

January 28, 2019

The cybersecurity workforce is changing and community colleges need to change with it. New ideas are needed to prepare these students. The Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) is accepting proposals for its event, July 30-Aug. 1, at Bossier Parish Community College and the Horseshoe Hotel and Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana.

As the only national academic conference dedicated to cybersecurity education at community colleges, 3CS is marking its sixth edition by highlighting workforce development and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education job roles in addition to its usual focus on degrees, certificates, courses and other elements of the academic program. They are looking for evidence-based measures of program effectiveness as well as new labs, methods of instruction, programs, courses, and other program components.

Features of this year’s 3CS are full-day Cybersecurity Skills Development Workshops on July 30, the third edition of our job fair, two-hour mini workshops, a “back of the house” cybersecurity tour of the Horseshoe Casino, redesigned tracks, and a selection of enticing visitor attractions outside the summit itself.

All proposals should follow one of five tracks: Evidence-Based, Instruction, Practice, Program Development and Student. Sessions in Evidence-Based can focus on efficacy and assessment of labs, a course, exercises or curriculum or introduce new methods for validation of learning or impact. Instruction should offer instructors ideas, strategies or techniques to teach new topics or enhance existing courses. The Practice track can include the way new devices, threats, strategies or technologies are incorporated into curriculum (i.e. Internet of Things or mobile forensics). For Program Development, topics could include workforce development, cloud-based lab solutions or articulation agreements. The Student track should include career paths, student associations, interviewing skills or resume preparation. Students are encouraged to submit proposals.

“The success of 3CS stems from the participants—attendees/presenters and students who value the contributions of community colleges to cybersecurity education. The faculty and students appreciate that they are valued, and as a result, they enthusiastically make valuable contributions by presenting and actively participating,” said Dr. Bob Spear, 3CS Chair.

Proposals are due by Feb. 15. For more information, visit