Share Your Innovations

The Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Awards and Recognition Program is a vehicle where cybersecurity educators can share their advancements and innovations in their programs, accelerate adoption of new ideas throughout the academic community, and receive proper recognition for their work.

2021 THEME: How can we best contribute to the needs and transformations that might occur for remote/online instruction in the COVID-19 world?

Submissions should look to answer the following questions:

  • What does it take to be an effective online cybersecurity educator?
  • What were your two toughest problems you had to solve in transitioning to online education?
  • How are you managing to keep students engaged with one another, the material, etc.?
  • What are the institutional changes needed to effectively support a transition from primarily face-to-face instruction to primarily online education?
  • When confronted with an unpredictable scenario, what did you find to be effective in responding?
  • What can be done in the future?


  • Provide a platform for recognizing innovative ways that cybersecurity education is taught
  • Provide a pathway for faculty to submit to the prestigious Cybersecurity Skills Journal (CSJ)
  • Disseminate educator’s innovations through the annual Innovations in Cybersecurity Education publication, via National CyberWatch monthly e-newsletters, blogs, dedicated marketing emails, at conferences, and in robust social media campaigns
  • Reinforce support for creative solutions to educational challenges
  • Provide the community with a growing inventory of programs and educators from which to find and emulate good ideas


  • Bring national prestige to the contributing educator and institution
  • Join a dynamic national network of innovators
  • Eliminate the reinvention of the proverbial wheel by bringing awareness to what other institutions are doing that is proven successful
  • Included in the Innovations in Cybersecurity Education publication (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Acknowledged (winners) during opening plenary session at the annual Community College Cyber Summit (3CS)


A review panel of peer educators will evaluate all submissions and a winner will be selected in each of the following categories (subject to change):

  • Evidence-based Strategies: How does your innovation impact individual competence development or organizational effectiveness? How can we be sure our teaching or the cybersecurity practices included in a curriculum actually work? Other examples include:
    • Theory or Essay: make claims and supporting statements without conducting a study
    • Expert opinion or (selective) qualitative literature review: a narrative listing/evaluation of information (opinion or publication) backing a claim
    • Case study or uncontrolled observation: a narrative description of evidence to back a claim from a detailed study in one setting
    • Case comparison or meta-synthesis (systematic review): a narrative synthesis of evidence from multiple settings that backs a claim
    • Retrospective (cross-sectional) cohort study: one-time measure of others’ opinions using a survey or other observation to obtain correlations
    • Prospective (longitudinal) cohort study: repeated measure of others’ opinions using a survey or other observation to obtain correlations
    • Quasi- or non-randomized experiment: selectively sampled measure of predictive relationships in a natural setting using statistical controls to obtain direct and indirect effects from a model comparison
    • Randomized controlled experimental study: randomly sampled measure of predictive relationships in a controlled experimental setting to obtain difference scores
    • Meta-analysis: a quantitative synthesis of evidence to produce corrected correlations (p) of predicted relationships
  • Instruction: How do you teach cybersecurity principles, safe practices, and hands-on skills? What are creative designs that make instruction more effective?
  • Practice: How do you incorporate new technologies, tactics, and techniques into your curriculum? What are program elements that help develop competent faculty?
  • Program Development: What are the unique features of your cybersecurity education program? Describe the partnerships that have been instrumental in creating effective innovations


  • We will accept submissions from Nov. 6 2020 (12:00 pm ET) – Mar. 8 2021 (11:59pm ET)
  • You can submit more than one innovation
  • Submissions chosen for inclusion in the Innovations booklet will be published as they are received (be concise, please proofread carefully and be mindful of grammar, spelling, and typographical errors)
  • Submit only innovations that are currently in use or have been used in cybersecurity education. Please do not submit ideas or innovations that may be used in the future
  • Your submission would be strengthened by including links to your Innovation’s website, pictures, press releases, etc.

For more information about the Innovations in Cybersecurity Education program please email