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November 15, 2022

Teach Cyber Byte

In this Teach Cyber Byte you will find more information on the NCTA, and ways DARK Enterprises Inc. has been connecting throughout the US to help further Cybersecurity Education in K-12. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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National Cybersecurity Teaching Academy SPOTLIGHT

The National Cybersecurity Teaching Academy (NCTA) is a 12-credit hour graduate certificate for high school teachers. It includes coursework on teaching cybersecurity, foundations of cybersecurity, network security, and advanced topics. DePaul University, University of Louisville, and University of Arkansas-Little Rock are offering the virtual program.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock continues to develop efforts to advance cybersecurity education. UA Little Rock recently received an $800,000 grant from the NSA to continue building cybersecurity education pathways for students. Read more about their efforts here.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Ways DARK Enterprises Connects

DARK Enterprises Inc., is a small, women-led, non-profit dedicated to stewarding K-12 cybersecurity education. Teach Cyber, a subsidiary of DARK Enterprises Inc., hopes to 1) contribute to growing the cybersecurity workforce; and 2) help all students understand ways to act more safely and more ethically in cyberspace.
Dark Enterprises had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion at the Cyber Futures Summit at the Tech Port Arena in San Antonio, TX, October 26-28, 2022.
Chris Lannin answering questions at the Cyber Future Summit 2022.
Chris Lannin was joined by Sandra Leiterman from University of Arkansas - Little Rock and Ben Halpert, founder of Savvy Cyber Kids in a discussion about Cybersecurity Early Education, Ethics, and Best Practices led by Valmiki Mukherjee. Dark Enterprises shared insights on how Teach Cyber, the National Cybersecurity Teaching Academy(NCTA) and the High School Cybersecurity Curriculum Guidelines (HSCCG) can help create change in our cybersecurity arena.
Most states across the U.S. are hosting venues to bring together business, industry, government, and education to discuss the cybersecurity needs in their respective states.
Jenny, our Wisconsin resident on the Teach Cyber team, attended once such event this past October. The Wisconsin Governor’s Cybersecurity Summit is “an opportunity for professionals to broaden views on Cybersecurity threats and how the industry is proactively meeting challenges and keeping the virtual word connected.”
This year included a Women in Cyber meeting held the day before the summit exclusively for women who work in Cybersecurity.
  • Teri Takai, previously the Chief Information Officer for the United States Department of Defense, and now the Vice President for the Center for Digital Government was the Keynote speaker for the Women in Cyber meeting.
  • Jen Easterly, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency conducted a fireside chat on the last day of the summit. Several ideas were shared from multiple perspectives concerning the state of cybersecurity in Wisconsin, industry trends, and resources.
Dark Enterprises Inc. attended the Fourth Annual Cybersecurity Education Symposium on October 12, 2022. The Ohio Cyber Range Institute sponsored the event inviting educators, industry experts, researchers, government agencies and thought leaders from throughout the state of Ohio.
Dr. Melissa Dark answers questions during the Cybersecurity Education Symposium.
Melissa Dark, Chris Lannin, and Nancy Stevens presented two sessions:
  • What Makes an Adversary?
  • Building Ohio's Cybersecurity Labor Supply.
The first session introduced important dimensions of adversarial thinking and how to introduce it to high school students. The second session shared data and insights from the upcoming CyberSupply Report.

Kernels from the Summits and Symposium:

  • The need for students to learn and become interested in pursuing cybersecurity.
  • The need for cybersecurity curriculum guidelines to be adopted nationally.
  • The need for educators to seek out local, regional or state level cybersecurity summits.
  • The need to highlight the critical role of K-12 education in growing cybersecurity workforce.

Safe and Secure for the Holidays

Here are some tips to help you stay safe and secure this holiday season.

1) Keep an eye out for social engineering attacks. Check out Teach Cyber's previous article on social engineering here.
2) Watch for phishing emails, to learn more click here.
3) Use multifactor authentication to help secure your accounts. Want to learn more about MFA? Check out this article.

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