National CyberWatch Center Announced Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Program Awards

September 15, 2019

More than 50 creative ideas, projects and programs were submitted and five winners earned honors and recognition in the National CyberWatch Center’s (NCC) Innovations in Cybersecurity Education award program.

Awards crossed four categories: evidence-based strategies, instruction, practice and program development. 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 Cryptocurrenty, Bug Bounty, Reconnaissance and More; and Three Colleges + Three Degrees = One Successful Cyber Career. An honorable mention was also awarded for the submission titled PCI Credit Card Security.

“Education drives progress, and gamified learning makes that progress come alive. As a passionate cybersecurity practitioner, I am honored to receive this award and hope that GenCyberCoin will plant a seed of bold enthusiasm in students to pursue a cybersecurity career. I am especially grateful for the opportunity to share this project with the larger community of educators across the nation, who are fully devoted to students and their education. Together, we discover innovation and deliver success,” said Vitaly Ford, from Arcadia University, who submitted the winning entry, Incentive-Based Platform for Teaching Cryptocurrency, Bug Bounty, Reconnaissance and More.

This is the third year of the program, which highlights some of the best cybersecurity education innovators in the country. Winners were announced at the 2019 Community College Cyber Summit, July 30 to Aug. 1, in Shreveport, LA.

“A byproduct of our awards and recognition program, the Innovations submissions showcase a range of creative and pioneering ideas in the higher education information security space. My hope is that this publication will accelerate the adoption and adaptation of new ideas throughout the academic and workforce development communities, while at the same time, recognizing individuals and organizations for their work,” said Casey W. O’Brien, executive director, National CyberWatch Center.

Through this awards program, educators can share their concepts, accelerate adoption throughout the academic community and receive proper recognition for the work. Cybersecurity educators also can learn from these submissions and use the ideas in their own classrooms.

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