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Analyzing Cybersecurity's Fractured Educational Ecosystem
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csanders
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csanders,
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10/2/2017 | 5:54:53 PM
Re: The c-Watch Program
Thanks Jane,

I've been party to an institution working with NICE before. It's a great idea and we need to see wider adoption and more interaction from both small and large companies to make sure it makes sense. On the other hand 30 institutions is great, and i'd take a bet that they are probably 30 of the (subjectivly) better institutions out there. If only we can find a good way to entice more institutions to join.
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cybersavior,
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10/2/2017 | 9:45:09 AM
For consideration
Don't let the temptation to join the dark side be lost on you.  If you're a skilled, experienced cybersecurity professional there is probably a lot more to gain in blackhatting versus legitimate cybersecurity vocation. 

Cyber crime is exceedingly profitable and the prospect of a crafty and equipped cyber thief being caught, successfully prosecuted and encarcerated are like being struck by lightning.  
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REISEN1955,
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10/2/2017 | 9:23:16 AM
Re: The c-Watch Program
About time. Cybersecurity is a relatively NEW field for education and career aim, was not so about a decade ago when everything was MICROSOFT and before that NOVELL was the gold standard.   
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jenshadus,
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10/2/2017 | 7:40:50 AM
Good Timing
Searching and finding good candidates is difficult.  Experience counts for a lot.  The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is supposed to provide proof of the qualification because a) you have to have 5 years experience doing security work, and b) you get the certificate showing that you have indeed, worked in the security area.  But as the article mentions, the discipline is hard to package cyber security into a single discipline because it involves so many different disciplines and b) determining what courses would meet cyber security requirements.  One would need to be an expert in many areas, much like getting you degree in CS or IS.  There are schools that are now offering a concentration in cyber security but may be generalists, rather than giving students the option of going for a degree for DoD/Fed or commercial.  I'm surprised banks and credit card companies don't get more involved.  I would think they have the most to lose.
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CTIN_Global,
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9/29/2017 | 3:13:00 PM
The c-Watch Program
Good points Chaim.  

The folks over at NIST that are running the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) have been trying to address the need for better mapping between academic curriculum and industry workforce needs with their NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.  As more universities and colleges become aware of this framework I expect we'll see more alignment between training goals, coursework and hiring practices.  

Also, the not-for-profit, the Cyber Resilience Institute ran a nationwide virtual Internship program over the summer with over 30 Universities participating. The capstone included a Pop-up, Event-Based Security Operations Center.  Out of that the c-Watch program has emerged.  This is a national virtual program open to undergraduates and graduates that are seeking Internship opportunities.  I expect this will also grow pretty quickly and, through this, students will have better access to internship opportunities.  

Jane Ginn, MSIA, MRP
Cyber Threat Intelligence Network, Inc.


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