The National CyberWatch Center’s 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.
A review panel of peer educators evaluated all submissions and a Best Submission and Best Submission Runner-Up, along with select entries were selected in each of the following categories:
- 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
TIPS FOR SUCCESS
- Submissions were accepted from Feb. 18, 2022 (12:00 pm ET) – May 10, 2022 (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 will require including links to your Innovation’s website, pictures, press releases, etc.
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- 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
- Acknowledged (winners) during opening plenary session at the annual Community College Cyber Summit (3CS)