IUP’s CAE-C-Expansion Project is also working on building a cybersecurity community of various stake holders in the region, including community colleges, school districts, and industry.
IUP’s Cybersecurity Education Community is being created to "improve and expand" the cyber education and skills of targeted rural Western Pennsylvania students. Western Pennsylvania encompasses 24 counties (west of red line on map below):
Erie, Crawford, Warren, Mc Kean, Cameron, Elk, Forest, Venango, Mercer, Lawrence, Butler, Clarion, Jefferson, Clearfield, Armstrong, Indiana, Beaver, Cambria, Allegheny, Westmoreland, Somerset, Fayette, Washington, and Greene, with a total population of 2,398,659 (3,628,571 with Allegheny County’s 1,229,912).
Figure 1: PA Map by County
The community invites students, teachers, business owners, NGOs, and government organizations to come together to increase cyber security awareness, practice, and education by pooling resources, collaboration in learning, and the creation of a integrated
network for cyber education needs.
Michael Madison (firstname.lastname@example.org), senior scholar and academic director, and Beth Schwanke (email@example.com),
executive director, University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security, Pitt Cyber, are interested in finding ways IUP and Pitt Cyber might amplify each other’s efforts,
particularly IUP’s rural and modular education efforts. In the near term, they would be more than happy to share information about opportunities for students at our camps and workshops, etc. via our social media.
IUP has articulation agreements with five community colleges in the western PA:
Of those, the cybersecurity community team limited invitation to the CNAP initiative to the two within the targeted area:
Participation is continuing with Pennsylvania Highlands CC through a member of the faculty, Dr. Kevin Slonka (KSlonka@pennhighlands.edu). Dr. Slonka publicized and urged
PennHighlands Computer Science students to attend the weekend workshops and attended both Improving Cybersecurity Skills Workshops (Dec. 2, 2017, and Feb. 17, 2018) and intends to administer the student survey to his students in the spring academic
To account for the travel distance to accommodate participants traveling from Indiana to more distant counties as well as network participants traveling to Indiana to use possible physical resources, a combined total of 250 independent
public school districts with no regional or state centralized authority or coordination responsibility in those 24 Western Pennsylvania counties, and because of the short duration of the CNAP initiative (one year), the cybersecurity community team has decided
to limit recruiting of elementary and secondary students and teachers to the counties contiguous to Indiana County: Jefferson, Westmoreland, Cambria, Armstrong (inside blue circle on Figure 1).
There are 51 public school districts and 79 parochial/private schools (see table below) in the target area of Indiana, Jefferson, Westmoreland, Cambria, and Armstrong counties. Initial contact has been made with all 51 school districts and 79 parochial/private schools through a letter to the superintendent
explaining the initiative and inviting them to participate in it. Teachers or administrators from 15 of the 51 public school districts and four parochial school districts have participated in publicizing or attending
the events conducted. In addition, 51 IUP and 12 community college undergraduate students, faculty, and administrators have attended one of the three weekend Cybersecurity Skills Improvement Workshops (Dec. 2, 2017; Feb. 17, 2018; and March 24, 2018). Nine teachers and administrators
from districts outside of the targeted area have also attended one or more of these events and are listed at the bottom of the table.
*denotes previous GenCyber Summer Camp participant
†denotes Weekend Improving Cybersecurity Skills Workshop participant