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CAE2Y CyberWatch led the national effort to create the “Centers of Academic Excellence in Information Security Education 2 Year” (CAE2Y) Program through NSF, NSA, and DHS, and has been instrumental in the suc- Page 5
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cess of this initiative. Of the first 13 community colleges that received the CAE2Y designation, nine are CyberWatch members, and all received assistance from CyberWatch in submitting their applications. CyberWatch also obtained a supplemental grant from NSF and DHS to provide funding to the first six colleges that obtained CAE2Y status so that they could strengthen their programs and mentor other col- leges by providing assistance in curriculum development, faculty development, CNSS mapping, and CAE2Y application. As one of the six funded colleges Moraine Valley Community College is providing extensive mentoring for CAE2Y through its CSSIA Center. CSSIA has enthusiastically joined CyberWatch in efforts to in- crease the number of community colleges that attain CAE2Y status or become eligible to apply for this status. CSSIA has mentored 16 colleges to become eligible to apply, or almost half of the 34 mentorships conducted to date. As a result of the collaborative efforts of the two centers, the number of CAE2Y-eligible community col - leges increased from zero two years ago to 29 as of early 2012, and the number of CAE2Y-designated in - stitutions had increased to 24 as of August 2012. Virtualization One of the important trends in the evolution of cybersecurity education is the emergence of laboratory en- vironments as nexuses for a variety of important cybersecurity education-related activities, including cur- riculum development, professional development and student competitions. CSSIA and CyberWatch are now engaged in a collaborative effort to utilize virtualization as a tool for expanding the cybersecurity ed- ucation network in the U.S. Several years ago, CSSIA began providing a centralized remote laboratory hub established at Moraine Valley Community College and constructed local computer networks at each partner institution which are interconnected with the centralized hub network, creating a “real-life” environment for students and fac- ulty to test security infrastructure. This has advanced in recent years to virtualization labs hosted at CSSIA with 24/7 access by students and faculty, with numerous organizations empowered to move to a standardized virtualization lab environment. With considerable support from CSSIA, CyberWatch devel- oped and pilot tested a concept of networked Virtual Labs which include reusable learning objects for stu- dent lab exercises in the core courses of the CyberWatch model AAS degree program. CSSIA’s partnership with NDG (Network Development Group) and VMware has enabled CSSIA to re- search and develop enhanced virtualization implementations and has played a major role in the Center’s increasing leadership in cybersecurity and IT education in the U.S. NDG and VMware solutions enabled CSSIA to host IT equipment on the Internet to support IT education, training and cyber competitions. Re-
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  • Summer '17
  • Michael Hart
  • CyberWatch

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