Inspiring and promoting awareness & exploration of cybersecurity careers for children and adults.
SAVE THE DATE: for National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, November 12-17, 2018
The inaugural National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week was held November 13-18, 2017. Thank you to all of those who participated in the celebration and helped raise awareness of the broad array of cybersecurity career opportunities available to students and adults!
Recap of National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week 2017:
Day 1: November 13, 2017 - Kickoff Event: Career Opportunities in Cybersecurity
The celebration kicked off with an event at the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. Attendees heard from experts on how the cybersecurity community can effectively reach and encourage more students, graduates, and current workers to join the cybersecurity field. Take a look back at the agenda and more here.
The National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week Cybersecurity Challenge, launched at the annual National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week Kick-off event, was a program to inspire and ignite interest in cybersecurity careers by enabling participants to test drive careers using a free online cybersecurity career exploration platform called the NSA Day of Cyber.
Students from 130 schools representing 24 states and 45 cities virtually participated and had the opportunity to interact with NSA Cybersecurity mentors, discover the skills and tools used by cybersecurity professionals, and explore the vast number of careers in cybersecurity.
The top five schools, based on highest student participation and completion of the introduction of the Day of Cyber are highlighted below:
1st Place: James Weldon Johnson College; Jacksonville, Florida
108 Participating Students
2nd Place: Green River College; Auburn, Washington
106 Participating Students
3rd Place: Twin Lakes Academy; Jacksonville, Florida
96 Participating Students
4th Place: Dayton Regional STEM School; Kettering, Ohio
89 Participating Students
5th Place: West Springfield High School; West Springfield, Massachusetts
88 Participating Students
Day 2: November 14, 2017 – Increasing Career Awareness of women, minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities, and other underrepresented populations in the cybersecurity workforce.
Day 3: November 15, 2017 – Webinar highlighting Innovative Educational Approaches: Nontraditional Pathways of Apprenticeship and Cooperative Education
In honor of National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week and National Apprenticeship Week, NICE hosted a webinar on methods to gain valuable work-based experience. Check out the recording here.
Day 4: November 16, 2017 – Infusing Cybersecurity Across the Education Portfolio
Day 5: November 17, 2017 – Identifying Academic and Career Pathways
Day 6: November 18, 2017 – Increase Career Awareness through Informal Activities
The week ended with an exciting interactive event at the National Cryptologic Museum. Visitors explored the museum, participated in hands-on activities and demonstrations, and learned more about the opportunities that can be found by exploring cybersecurity as a field of study or career choice.