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 • 10:30am - 11:15am
Energizing Student Resumes With Non-Traditional Approaches

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As John Holt said - "Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners."

This session will focus on five primary ways to better prepare our students outside the classroom:
(1) participation in individual and team competitions,
(2) summer internships,
(3) real course projects,
(4) clubs, and
(5) community service.

These focus areas are not new to educators. It is often common to do one or two of them, but combining all of them has shown positive results in the Cybersecurity and Computer Science programs at LFCC. Hear first-hand from students, faculty, and business partners on how learning outside the classroom brings life to lectures and skills on the resume. The approach taken can be used for any discipline, it only takes an educator with passion and dedication to go beyond automated grading and textbook homework problems.

Participants at this sessions will take away an approach that could be used in any discipline and resources to help participants get started. Presentation will be available online for reference after conference. Handouts about setting up partnerships for internships, examples of community outreach, instructions on how to become part of the Virginia Cyber Range, and how to start competition teams or club.

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Henry Coffman

Professor in Information Technology, Lord Fairfax Community College
Professor of Information Technology for 14 years and Program Manager for CAE2Y Cybersecurity Academic curriculum at LFCC. Henry also has 8 years experience at Interpol and 16 years experience with the U.S. Bureau of Naval Personnel Technology Service Organizations. Henry was also... Read More →
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Melissa Stange

Professor of Computer Science, Lord Fairfax Community College
Dr. Melissa Stange is an active member of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM), Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), Women in Technology, National Cybersecurity Student Association, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), International Dyslexia Association... Read More →

Wednesday August 15, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am EDT
ISAT 148