1st Annual Virginia Cybersecurity Education Conference has ended
Welcome! The Virginia Cyber Range is hosting the 1st Annual Virginia Cybersecurity Education Conference at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA on August 14-15, 2018. This conference is open to all Virginia high school, college, and university faculty, administrators, and partners. Stay up to date on the conference:  Sign up for our newsletter!

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Attendees and Sponsors: Registration is CLOSED. NOTE: Regrets...We are at MAX CAPACITY; NO on-site registrations will be accepted. 
Registration fees (includes CEU certificate, lunch (Day 1), and breakfast & lunch (Day 2)):
     - VA Educator/State/Federal Government Employee: $50
     - Student: $25
     - Industry/Others: $150
     - Sponsors: Three levels available during registration; see below under Sponsorship Opportunities to review.

Conference Objectives
At the end of the conference, attendees will:
  • Understand the challenges facing educators (K12 through university level) in cybersecurity education
  • Learn innovative and effective ways to teach cybersecurity to students using hands-on learning
  • Learn about various state and national cybersecurity educational resources available to educators
  • Understand the history and services provided by the Virginia Cyber Range
  • Understand the hiring needs and skills required to prepare students to successfully enter the cybersecurity workforce
  • Discover ways to get underrepresented student populations excited about and involved in cybersecurity
  • Examine the dangers associated with social media and technology use and how to effectively teach students to safely operate in cyber

Earning Continuing Education Units (CEU)
All attendees are eligible to earn CEUs for attending the conference, but they must sign in each day at the designated CEU table located near registration.

Sponsorship Opportunities: There are many exciting opportunities for your company or organization to be involved with this conference. There are three sponsor packages (Dean’s List and Honor Roll no longer available. Logos received after 7/24 will not be included in printed materials.) from which to choose. Go to our registration site, create an account and sign in to become a sponsor >> here.

There are four tracks for this year’s conference:
  • Cyber Educational Resources
  • Cyber for K12
  • Cyber Workforce
  • Hot Topics
Check out the Schedule tab below for an initial draft of the conference structure.

Questions? Please send an email to conference@virginiacyberrange.org.
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Wednesday, August 15 • 9:30am - 11:15am
Cybersecurity Workforce Development for the Nation

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 A discussion of how the goals of the NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) program have changed to reflect a focus from academic/curricular interest to that of workforce development, with the end goal being an increase in the number of schools in the program and number of qualified graduates from those schools.  With this focus, there are also challenges that must be addressed, such as educator shortage, competency measurement, K-12 pipeline, and articulation.  Requirements and resources in support of having a program designated as a CAE-CD will be provided.

This workshop is intended for institutions interested in designating, or re-designating, as a CAE. Presenters from the NSA's National and Regional Resource Centers will present recent changes to knowledge units and program criteria to NSA's CAE-CDE and CAE2Y program. A discussion of NSA's Mentoring and Peer Review process, as well as resources available to schools developing or expanding cybersecurity programs will be provided. Attendees will leave with a clear pathway for applying for designation and becoming a part of the CAE Community.

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Dr. Margaret Leary

Chair, Edward H. Bersoff Cybersecurity, Endowed Professor Director, Curriculum, National CyberWatch Center, Northern Virginia Community College
Dr. Leary is the Chair, Cybersecurity at NVCC where she also serves as the Director for an NSA Center of Academic Excellence National Resource Center, tasked with assisting educational institutions find program development and mentoring resources as they pursue their CAE-CD and CAE2Y... Read More →
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Deanne Wesley

Education Consultant Cyber Security and Associate Dean of the Davis iTEC Cyber Security Center, Forsyth Technical College - Winston
Dr. Deanne Cranford-Wesley is the Associate Dean at the Davis iTEC Center at Forsyth Technical Community College.  Dr. Cranford -Wesley is a cybersecurity professional and has appeared as a subject matter expert on Fox8 and Time Warner News discussing recent advances in cyber security... Read More →

Wednesday August 15, 2018 9:30am - 11:15am EDT
ISAT 259