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 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Hands-on Learning vs. Lecturing: A Student's Perspective

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The dynamic and ever-changing nature of the cyber security field makes it intellectually challenging. It’s fascinating that an individual may learn something today that becomes completely obsolete tomorrow. Consequently, making the leap from learning in the classroom to working in the field remains one of the biggest challenges for students. The problem is students are not getting enough hands-on learning in the classroom. As any cyber security professional can attest, getting a cyber education with no hands-on experience is like learning how to read sheet music without learning how to actually play the notes on an instrument. One cannot become a musician by simply understanding how to read sheet music. The fact is, certain skills can only be acquired through experimental learning. Transforming cyber education requires educators to utilize active learning strategies that get students engaged with course material either individually or in groups, especially with more advanced cyber security concepts. This presentation will provide insight into the student experience with hands-on learning in the classroom, both to apply what is learned passively and to acquire new knowledge. Examples of some effective and some ineffective strategies will be examined.

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Doreen Joseph

Student, George Mason University
Doreen is a senior Honors College student at George Mason University, majoring in Cyber Security Engineering with a minor Mathematics. She has held several leadership roles with student organizations and university programs at Mason. Doreen has interned with the Department of Defense... Read More →
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Adrian Webster

Student, George Mason University
Adrian is an insightful Cyber Security Engineer with a minor in Intelligence Analysis who is passionate about cyber threat intelligence, threat hunting, malware analysis, and developing defense systems. Researching the art and application of deception networks such as honeypots and... Read More →

Wednesday August 15, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
ISAT 236