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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 Cybersecurity National 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 March 19, 2021