Who We Serve

National CyberWatch Center continues its culture of collaboration, coordinating a broad national network of networks, including:

Students

One-stop shop for quality educational and training resources, discounted certification exam vouchers, webcasts, internships, and access to employers looking to hire

Schools

The largest network of Information Security educators and institutions of higher education in the world

Individuals

Individual membership program with continued professional development, publishing opportunities, and more

Businesses

Corporate memberships that allow for the participation in National Curriculum Standards Panels, access to Cybersecurity Workforce Maturity Assessments, formative credentialing solutions, and a huge network of qualified talent

Roles

As a leader in cybersecurity education and workforce development, the National CyberWatch Center’s roles include:

Advocator

Advocate for the role of community colleges and universities in cybersecurity education and workforce development

Builder

Build cybersecurity education and workforce development programs of impact

Collaborator

Collaborate with educational institutions, businesses, government entities, and professional organizations to strengthen cybersecurity education, workforce development, and research programs

Coordinator

Coordinate collaborative cybersecurity education, workforce development, and research programs

Promoter

Promote educational and workforce development models of impact

Our Team

Meet the National CyberWatch Center Team

External Evaluator

Director, Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) & Senior Advisor

Casey W. O'Brien Profile Picture

Co-Principal Investigator and Assistant Executive Director

Director, Marketing and Communications: Colleen Huber

Director, Marketing and Communications

Principal Investigator & Executive Director

Co-Principal Investigator

Director, Finance & Center Manager

Director, National Cybersecurity Student Association

Co-Director, Community College Cyber Summit (3CS)

Co-Principal Investigator

Senior Advisor

 

National Visiting Committee (NVC)

The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) funds projects to improve technological education at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The goal of the program is to produce more technicians to meet workforce demands and improve the technical skills and content preparation of these technicians and the educators who prepare them. Most of its grants are made to two-year colleges.

Successful applicants for large grants (funded at $750,000 or more) are required to appoint a NVC. These committees are groups of advisors that work with grantees and NSF to help them achieve their goals and objectives. They assess the plans and progress of the project and report to NSF and the project leadership. Committee members also provide advice to the project staff and may serve as advocates for effective projects. In general, NVCs are similar to the advisory committees that are already an integral part of higher education institutions.

In fact, most state and federally funded programs for these colleges require a local or regional advisory committee. However, there are differences between these committees and the NVCs. For example, local advisory committees report only to the project leadership who, in turn, set the meeting agendas. The NVCs not only report to the project, but also to NSF. Furthermore, NSF appoints the committee members, and the NVC chairperson plays a major role in setting the agenda.

Elayne Starkey

Elayne Starkey

Former Chief Security Officer
State of Delaware

Dr. Philip Craiger

Associate Professor of Cybersecurity,
Department of Security Studies and International Affairs
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Gaby Hawat

NVC Chair, Principal
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer
University of Providence

Dr. Corby Hovis

Lead Program Director,
Directorate for Education and Human Resources
National Science Foundation

Dr. Victor Piotrowski

Lead Program Director,
CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS)
Division of Graduate Education
National Science Foundation

Corrinne Sande

Director & Principal Investigator,
National Cybersecurity Training & Education Center (NCYTE)
Whatcom Community College

Our History

What follows is a high-level snapshot of the Center’s mission, funding levels, leadership teams, and goals from its inception in 2005:

CyberWatch I (CW I) 2005-2009

  • Headquarters: Prince George’s Community College, Maryland
  • Name: CyberWATCH (Cybersecurity: Washington Area Technician and Consortium Headquarters)
  • Mission: Increase the quantity and quality of the Information Assurance workforce in the Washington D.C. and Mid-Atlantic region
  • Original Award Amount: National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program; $3 million; several NSF ATE supplemental grants
  • Goals: Curriculum Development; Faculty Development; Student Development; K12 Initiatives; and Dissemination and Outreach
  • Principal Investigator (PI): Dr. Vera Zdravkovich (Prince George’s Community College)
  • Co-PIs: Dr. David Hall (Montgomery College); Dr. Fred Klappenberger (Anne Arundel Community College); Dr. Margaret Leary (Northern Virginia Community College); and Casey W. O’Brien (Community College of Baltimore County)

CyberWatch II (CW II) 2009-2012

  • Headquarters: Prince George’s Community College, Maryland
  • Name: CyberWatch: Creating the Next Generation of Cybersecurity Professionals
  • Mission: Increase the quantity and quality of the Information Assurance workforce
  • Original Award Amount: NSF ATE program; $2.7 million; several NSF ATE supplemental grants
  • Goals: same as CW I
  • PI: Dr. Bob Spear (Prince George’s Community College)
  • Co-PIs: Carrie Leary (Anne Arundel Community College); Dr. Margaret Leary (Northern Virginia Community College); Dr. Davina Pruitt-Mentle (Educational Technology Policy, Research, and Outreach – ETPRO); and Casey W. O’Brien (Community College of Baltimore County)
  • Note: One small change in the CyberWatch mission also explains the change in name. In the first grant (CW I), the mission was “To increase the quantity and quality of the Information Assurance workforce in the Washington, D.C. and Mid-Atlantic region.” The original name of the Center was an acronym: CyberWatch stood for “Cybersecurity Washington Area Technical Consortium Headquarters.” When the CyberWatch network started expanding to states outside Washington, D.C., the “Washington Area” and “Mid-Atlantic” references were no longer appropriate. Hence, the CW II mission statement was shortened and the spelling of CyberWatch was changed

National CyberWatch Center I (NCC 1) 2012-2016

  • Headquarters: Prince George’s Community College, Maryland
  • Name: National CyberWatch: Cybersecurity Education Solutions for the Nation
  • Mission: Leading collaborative efforts to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce
  • Original Award Amount: NSF ATE program; $5.7 million; several NSF ATE supplemental grants
  • Goals: Continue to grow culture of collaboration; Build program/faculty capacity based on models of excellence; Promote the cybersecurity profession; Build and strengthen student capacity and expand career pathways; Advance Research in cybersecurity education
  • PI: Casey W. O’Brien (Prince George’s Community College)
  • Co-PIs: Dr. Diana Burley (George Washington University); Dr. Davina Pruitt-Mentle (Educational Technology Policy, Research, and Outreach (ETPRO))

National CyberWatch Center II (NCC 2) 2016-2021

  • Headquarters: Prince George’s Community College, Maryland
  • Name: National CyberWatch Center
  • Mission: Leading collaborative efforts to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce
  • Original Award Amount: NSF ATE program; $4.8 million; several NSF ATE supplemental grants
  • Goals: Build and support program capacity based on models of impact; Increase student engagement; Sustain a culture of collaboration; Infuse Cybersecurity across the curricula; Advance Research in Cybersecurity education and workforce development
  • PI: Casey W. O’Brien (Prince George’s Community College)
  • Co-PIs: Dr. David Tobey (Indiana University South Bend); Dr. Margaret Leary (Northern Virginia Community College)

National CyberWatch Resource Center 2021-2024

  • Headquarters: Prince George’s Community College, Maryland
  • Name: National CyberWatch Center
  • Mission: Leading collaborative efforts to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce
  • Original Award Amount: NSF ATE program; $1.65 million
  • Goals: Capacity building that promotes, supports, and enhances program, faculty, and student capability maturity based on effective models of impact; Disseminating exemplary programs, practices, and materials; and Advancing research of evidence-based Cybersecurity education and workforce development strategies and practices
  • PI: Dr. David Tobey (Prince George’s Community College)
  • Co-PIs: Casey W. O’Brien (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Dr. Elizabeth Hawthorne (Association for Computing Machinery (ACM); Michael Smith (Prince George’s Community College)