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Thank you to all of those who have participated in Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week and helped raise awareness of the broad array of cybersecurity career opportunities available to students and adults!

Recap of National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week 2020:

In 2020, National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week was held November 9-14, 2020. Several events and activities were held around the globe including challenges, competitions, virtual career nights, webinars, and more.

2020 Special Events and Activities

 Recap of National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week 2019: 

In 2019, National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week was held November 11-16, 2019. An overview of some key events and resources are archived on the Resources from 2019 Collaborators webpage.

Here's a Recap of Activities:


  • Number of Events and Commitments (over 350)
  • Number of People Impacted (15k)
  • Number of International Commitments (11)
  • Number of Webinars (76)
  • Number of Competitions (6)
  • Number of Training Opportunities (133)


Throughout the week individuals shared their short videos, pictures, and stories on social media about what they loved most about #mycyberjob


Congratulations to Abigail Carter from Mattoon High School from Mattoon, IL and her teacher Laura Roberts for their poster highlighting the multiple career options in cybersecurity.


Congratulations to the winners, who scored highest in areas such as cryptography, networking, trivia, cybersecurity careers, web applications, reconnaissance, and more!

  • 3rd place: Eric Wendling, Northern Virginia Community College
  • 1st place: Trinity Stroud, University of South Alabama
  • 2nd place: Matthew Kinmon, CYBER.ORG

Recap of National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week 2018: 

In 2018, Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week was held November 12-17, 2018. A diverse and creative array of events and activities occurred throughout the country during NCCAW, including company open houses, forums, discussions, speaker events, career fairs and presentations at schools and community and technical colleges. In addition to events, a host of videos, webinars, blog posts, Tweets and Twitter Chats, Instagram posts and YouTube videos broadcast the opportunities for a career in cybersecurity throughout the week. An overview of some of these activities are archived on the Resources from National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week 2018 Collaborators web page.

There were over 200 engagements directly impacting over 7500 people, in 42 states, and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Activities were also held in Bengaluru, Karnataka-India and Halifax, Nova Scotia-Canada.

For a further overview of activities in 2018, read the full 2018 National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Wrap-Up Report or watch the 2018 highlights video.

2018 Wrap-Up Report

Recap of the Inaugural 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 participated virtually 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

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.

Created September 25, 2018, Updated September 23, 2021