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Our organization began work in 2013 under the name of CyberWatch West. Our initial objectives were focused on increasing the quantity and quality of the cybersecurity workforce throughout the western United States. In October 2018 CyberWatch West was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to serve as a National Cyber Resource Center. In 2019 we changed our name to the National Cybersecurity Training & Education Center (NCyTE). Our mission remains the same except on a national scale.
The NCyTE Center is committed to improving the quantity and quality of existing cybersecurity resources and building upon these resources to develop effective training and teaching modules. By concentrating on student development; professional development; and curriculum development, revision, and dissemination, NCyTE Center incorporates effective outreach efforts to raise awareness and build viable partnerships among academia and industry.
NCyTE Center is focused on building a comprehensive network of higher education institutions, businesses, and government agencies dedicated to developing and maintaining a robust cybersecurity workforce. NCyTE Center is committed to providing a forum for improving the quality and increasing awareness of cybersecurity issues in educational and industrial communities throughout its region.
Whatcom Community College is the lead institution, and the center is located on its campus in Bellingham, Washington. The core academic partners in the consortium are:
Each of the center’s four primary initiatives—student development, curriculum development/revision/dissemination, faculty development, and outreach/partnership development—is overseen by one of the Co-PIs. Each of the Co-PIs brings to the consortium a wealth of expertise in his or her respective area.
NCyTE Center continues to build strong industry partnerships within each of its primary initiatives to ensure that its focus and vision are aligned with the evolving needs of industry. Through interaction with a multi-faceted advisory board, NCyTE Center encourages the active engagement of its Industry Partners, informing all aspects of the center design and delivery.
NCyTE Center is funded by a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Grant