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Resources from 2019 National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week Collaborators

The National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week (NCCAW) focuses local, regional, and national interest to inspire, educate, and engage children through adults to pursue careers in cybersecurity.


Kickstarting a Cyber Career
November 12, 2019 at 1-2pm EST
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To celebrate National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week (November 11-16, 2019) we’re highlighting the many ways that aspiring cybersecurity professionals and career changers alike can enter the field with confidence and competency. To start, join us as we share tips and recommendations for learning cyber at every stage from basic comprehension to skills application.

Cybersecurity Career Opportunities with the Federal Government 
November 13, 2019 at 2-3pm EST
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According to, there are nearly 20,000 cybersecurity job openings in the public sector. The cybersecurity jobs available in the federal government cover the range of occupations from Cyber Defense to Intelligence to Investigations. During National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, we want to expose employers, education and training providers, and learners to the variety of cybersecurity career opportunities available in the United States Federal government workforce. This webinar will identify some of the resources available to help job seekers, secondary school counselors, and collegiate career navigators to discover career opportunities with the federal government and will also be a resource to supervisors, faculty, and other mentors who help guide individuals to pursue careers in cybersecurity.

 Other Resources

Comic Bee: Interactive Cybersecurity Careers Conversation Starter
Use a comic as a ‘conversation starter’ for your NCCAW activity – learners can read comics individually or in pairs, explore different cybersecurity scenarios and see what happens with different choices, and explore the skills of a cybersecurity practitioner.
Access comics for free by November 17, 2019 at 11:59PM EST at

Cyber Hero Adventures

The CyberHero Adventures: Defenders of the Digital Universe
The CyberHero Adventures: Defenders of the Digital Universe is a groundbreaking comic series that turns complex cybersecurity and tech information into empowering, engaging, and entertaining superhero stories. Journeys are dedicated to all of the unsung heroes who keep us safe in the digital universe.  This comic helps teens and young adults become more confident and informed about their career choices and supports them along each step of their career exploration journey.
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Cricket Media

Cricket Media: MUSE Magazine Cybersecurity Edition 
Cricket Media® is a global education company creating high-quality print and multi-media products for children, families, mentors, teachers, and partners that improve learning opportunities for everyone. Led by 10 award-winning children’s magazines and a customizable research-tested collaborative learning and eMentoring platform, Cricket Media is committed to creating and supporting innovative learning experiences that help children safely explore and engage with their expanding world. For National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week 2019, Cricket Media is providing no-cost access to the MUSE edition HACKED which focuses on cybersecurity. 
Just a few of the stories and activities include:

  • Alice and Bob are on the case: Protecting your digital privacy
  • Be a Hacker…without going to jail
  • Think Your Password: Devices that measure brainwaves that make it possible
  • I like the way you move: Gait biometrics could help keep the world secure
  • Bitcoin: The invisible money in your virtual wallet

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Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot: The National Youth Cyber Education Program
Have your students learn more about cybersecurity careers and the skills used as a cybersecurity professional by having them engage with Security Showdown 2, JeffOS, or Packet Protector.

PocketBlock: Pockenacci
Pockenacci is a very simple block cipher, tested amongst 8-18 year-old students; it's built to emulate an SPN, or Substitution-Permutation Network, a series of substitutions and permutations that act on plaintext, controlled by an algorithm that an adversary can see, but configured with a key that they can't see.  The open-source project (PocketBlock) scales down modern cryptography in a way that's as easy to understand and navigate, hands-on, as classical cryptography, but teaches the advanced concepts present in modern cryptography.

Pockenacci consists of the following components:

  • Fibonacci-addition-style key schedule to expand our key,
  • two P-boxes for permuting columns and rows, and two S-boxes for substituting individual characters

View the full PocketBlock curriculum, or a sample lesson with Pockenacci.

Hats and Ladders: Cybersecurity Career Exploration and Cybersecurity Career Skill Building Program
For National Cybersecurity Careers Awareness Week 2019, the Hats & Ladders team has developed five custom lessons--one for each school day of NCCAW 2019.  For National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, we are providing no-cost access to Hats & Ladders for educators and their students for the remainder of 2019. Educators can use the lessons along with the app to promote awareness of the jobs and opportunities across the cybersecurity field.

Created November 5, 2019