Cybersecurity Skill Enhancement Workshop
The primary purpose of Cybersecurity National Action Plan: Investment in Expansion of CAE-C (Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity) Education Programs is to address expansion of the national cybersecurity workforce in terms of both quantity
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In response to this national initiative, the National Security Agency solicited proposals in the area of cybersecurity education from National CAE-C. The program supports projects that use innovative approaches, employing input from a diverse
set of cybersecurity education professionals.
This program supports projects that address cybersecurity education in the following areas:
Under the leadership of Waleed Farag, grant PI; Ben Rafoth, co-PI; Crystal Machado, co-PI; and Mac Fiddner, co-PI, IUP, along with a selected group of national universities, has been awarded funding to start an innovative project to enhance cybersecurity
education in Western Pennsylvania.
This project has the following objectives:
This project presents a novel, interdisciplinary approach to address persistent challenges in the cybersecurity field that have significant impact on the welfare of our nation. The project proposes a set of activities and services designed with an interdisciplinary
perspective to provide effective solutions to cybersecurity challenges. The proposed approaches are innovative for several reasons listed below:
The team includes faculty with content expertise in four different disciplines. Waleed Farag and Mac Fiddner’s expertise in cybersecurity content, coupled with Ben Rafoth and Crystal Machado’s expertise in K-20 pedagogy and educational research will result
in a program that is academically rigorous and pedagogically sound. Moreover, the team provides opportunity for several graduate and undergraduate students from different disciplines to work under the supervision of the co-PIs in implementing solutions
to the identified challenges.