September 2017
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Summer is over and National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) - observed every October - is right around the corner, which makes this the perfect time to plan your "NSA Day of Cyber" day. 

Choose a date this October to run the NSA Day of Cyber online cyber career exploration experience in your classroom and connect your students to some of the most in-demand career opportunities in cybersecurity.

STOP. THINK. CONNECT. -  the global online safety education and awareness campaign, is the cornerstone of this month-long program to educate all consumers and businesses about the importance of cybersecurity and protecting personal information. (#CyberAware)

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Want to hear from you
We are searching for the best and most creative NSA Day of Cyber Classroom Experiences. Share how you celebrated National Cybersecurity Awareness Month using the NSA Day of Cyber and be featured in the next Day of Cyber Newsletter! Tweet us @dayofcyber with #dayofcyber
NCSSS partners with NSA DoC
The National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS) has partnered with NSA Day of Cyber to increase awareness of cybersecurity careers. NCSSS represents the top STEM high schools from all over the country, along with colleges and universities that seek to develop relationships with the heads of these schools with high-performers.

   GenCyber Camp  Directors Bring the NSA Day of Cyber to Students and Teachers across the Country
Augusta University GenCyber Middle Grades Teacher Camp
Kendra Sue Finch, a Technology Integration and Innovation Coordinator at West Minister Schools of Augusta, led the GenCyber Middle Grades Teacher camp at Augusta University.

Kendra found a very creative way to incorporate the NSA Day of Cyber into her GenCyber Middle Grades Teacher camp. "I felt it would be important for ALL of the teachers who attended the camp to be able to introduce their students to the amazing opportunities in the field of cybersecurity that they could pursue in their future," commented Kendra.

"I needed my teachers to break into 5 groups of 6 teachers each. Instead of just putting them in groups, I decided to make my grouping strategy reflect the Day of Cyber content. Each teacher was given a "Top Secret and Confidential" letter. Each letter explained that the teacher had been selected to begin training to become one of the following jobs:
  • Vulnerability Analyst
  • Crypto Analyst
  • Exploitation Analyst
  • Capability Development Specialist
  • Cyber Research Specialist
The University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity hosted two combination GenCyber camps for high school students and grade school teachers in July. The UWF Center for Cybersecurity staff incorporated the NSA Day of Cyber, Basic Cyber Challenges, the NSA Weekly Crytogram Challenge and the GenCyber First 10 Principles into the camp curriculum.  

West Florida High School junior Malcolm Pressley said Day of Cyber "is definitely worth checking out." Pressley particularly enjoyed the video that allowed him to experience a day in the life of six National Security Agency professionals. He said his profile matched with those of a director and computer network operator, and the Day of Cyber program further convinced him that he possesses the skillset for a career in cybersecurity. Gulf Breeze High School freshman Foster Ware said the video opened his eyes to all of the possible careers at NSA.

National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week November 13-18, 2017
The National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week is a celebration to focus local, regional, and national interest to inspire, educate and engage children through adults to pursue careers in cybersecurity. Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week takes place during November's National Career Development Month, and each day of the week-long celebration provides for learning about the contributions, innovations and opportunities that can be found by exploring cybersecurity as a field of study or career choice. 

During the week, learners of all ages, educators, parents, employers and the community will participate in a national recognition of how cybersecurity plays a vital role in the lives of Americans and how building a national cybersecurity workforce enhances America's national security and promotes economic prosperity. Activities and initiatives during the week are intended to build awareness of the broad array of career opportunities available to students and adults.

Activities, including the NSA Day of Cyber, and initiatives during the week are intended to build awareness of the broad array of career opportunities available to students and adults.

Here are the ABC's of getting your students started on an invaluable cyber career exploration experience!

A. Make sure you have confirmed your email and activated your account.

B. Schedule your "Day of Cyber" Day (The introduction to the NSA Day of Cyber takes approximately 40minutes.)

C. Invite Your Students to Register by sharing the URL and Student Registration Key located in your
Instructor Dashboard.
D. Run a System Test on the computers you plan to use. More Information on the Getting Started Page.

E. Share your experience with us on social media using #DayofCyber and be featured in an upcoming Day of Cyber Newsletter.

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Georges Day Of Cyber Corner
National Cyber Security Awareness Month is an excellent time to bring cybersecurity to life in your classroom!  If you haven't yet determined what cyber activities to have your students do, then this installment of Day of Cyber Corner is just what the doctor ordered!

Here is a collection of ideas that can help fill your Class Planner with exciting ways for better connecting your students with cyber.    READ MORE >>
CyberMaryland Conference October 11-12, 2017
Baltimore Convention Center | Baltimore, MD

8th Annual NICE Conference & Expo November 7-8, 2017
Dayton Convention Center in Dayton, Ohio
This year's theme, "Challenging the Status Quo: Building a Robust and Sustainable Cybersecurity Ecosystem", aims to help shape the way in which the nation identifies, educates, trains and builds our 21st-century cutting-edge cybersecurity ecosystem.

Register Here:  k12cybersecurityconference.org

The NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference, hosted by iKeepSafe at the Omni Nashville Hotel, will feature timely and thought-provoking presentations that highlight effective collaborations, bold experiments and innovations, and other potentially game-changing methods in support of bringing together cybersecurity workforce, training, and educational leaders from academia, business, and government for two days of focused hands-on workshop and discussion in support of the NICE strategic goals: accelerating learning and skills development, nurturing a diverse learning community, and guiding career development and workforce planning. The conference will feature five tracks: 
  1. Increasing cybersecurity career awareness 
  2. Infusing cybersecurity across the education portfolio 
  3. Integrating innovative educational approaches 
  4. Designing academic and career pathways 
  5. Promoting digital literacy

LifeJourney  is an online career simulation experience that empowers students and individuals to test-drive future career opportunities relating to STEM.