The National CyberWatch Center, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a consortium of higher education institutions, public and private schools, businesses, and government agencies focused on building and maintaining a stronger Information Security workforce.

Members are critical to the growth and strength of the consortium in that they provide advice, effective practices, curricula, course modules, along with support and leadership for National CyberWatch Center programs and activities, and advocate for National CyberWatch Center initiatives to the broader community. The overarching mission of the center is to engage its membership and through them, drive the national conversation on cybersecurity education and workforce development.

Academic Institution Membership Objectives

  • To support the national imperative for developing cyber-educated professionals by providing educational, networking, and collaborative opportunities for faculty and their institutions,
  • To foster research among the membership by providing software platforms, data, and applications that support collaboration, and
  • To assist in the collection of data that can be used by all member schools as they create their cybersecurity organizational strategic plans

Academic Institution Engagement Benefits

  • Receive monthly National CyberWatch Communicator (e-Newsletter)
  • Zero-cost option to post requests via the National CyberWatch Communicator (e.g., position openings, requests for collaborators on grant proposals, upcoming events)
  • Option for no-charge joint membership in CyberWatch West (CWW)
  • No-charge access to webinars sponsored by National CyberWatch Center
  • Marketing of your institution’s or program’s events via National CyberWatch Center social media channels
  • Member discount for National CyberWatch Center-sponsored faculty workshops (discounts may vary)
  • Access to consulting services (e.g. Cybersecurity program development, faculty-led workshops/train-the-trainer events, curriculum design, grant development, leadership coaching)
  • Access to National CyberWatch Center Library materials
  • Preferred partnerships in National CyberWatch Center collaborative grants, research, publications, and presentation opportunities at national conferences
  • Eligibility to participate in National CyberWatch Center Committees, including the Curriculum Standards Panels
  • Eligibility to participate in National CyberWatch Center’s Innovations in Cybersecurity Education program
  • Assistance with Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) application and program development
  • Promotion of white papers and research studies published through National CyberWatch Center Press
New This Year
  • Student Resume Program: In support of your program’s students, faculty will have the authorization to invite all students within six months of program completion, to submit their resumes to National CyberWatch Center’s designated repository.
  • Annual “I need to know…” survey: Example: In grant proposals, or in departmental budget negotiations, faculty members are asked to justify purchase requests based on national data. On your behalf, National CyberWatch Center will send out a “flash survey” to its national membership or a subset that you request, and provide you with the response. A full description of this service can be found on the National CyberWatch Center website.
  • Member/Program Spotlight: This inclusion in the monthly e-newsletter (i.e., National CyberWatch Communicator) gives your faculty or program national exposure to your innovations and achievements.

NOTE: Member benefits will be updated annually and distributed to all members.

Academic Institution Membership Obligations

  • Annual update of faculty representative information. This includes verifying such information as continued employment at your institution, preferred email address and phone, academic degrees held, and national credentials awarded.
  • Annual update of programmatic information. The primary faculty contact listed in this agreement will be responsible for annually updating the institutional information and verifying the faculty listed under this institution’s academic membership plan.
  • Participation in flash surveys. By assisting colleagues with your response to these time-sensitive surveys, you will be actively participating in building our “community of practice” and adding to its value for all members.
  • Protection of NCC copyrights, materials and logos. National CyberWatch Center makes available a Brand Guideline document that guides all internal, external, partner, alliance and member usage of the National CyberWatch Center brand, logo, name and/or identity. It should guide all print, production and digital design efforts.