Pre Conference Workshops

The NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference will feature three pre conference workshops on Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. These are intended to offer a space for attendees to engage with experts and allow attendees to leave with enhanced skills, knowledge and understanding.

Capacity is limited and registration is required for pre-conference workshops at a rate of $50 per workshop. Participants must register for their workshops of interest in order to reserve a seat.


Pre Conference Workshop #1: Analysis and Investigation of Cyber-based Scenarios

Speakers: Kevin Nolten and Chuck Gardner, Cyber Innovation Center

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 - 1:00pm-4:30pm at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Explore how educators can bring NICERCā€™s Analysis & Investigation through Cyber-Based Scenarios (AICS) content into the classroom. AICS introduces students to fundamental concepts through a scenario-based approach to cybersecurity. The aim of AICS is for students to have a broader exposure to the applications of cybersecurity and thus to be more likely to choose careers in which a broad cyber background is required. They will gain a deeper appreciation for the mathematics/science or liberal arts they teach as well as how analysis is done in both technical and non-technical fields impacted by cybersecurity. Attendees must bring their own laptops.


Pre Conference Workshop #2: Hacker Resources & Classroom Cyber Range

Speaker: David Hernandez - Security Operations Analyst

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 - 9:00am-12:00pm at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio
Explore a plethora of exciting resources to supplement instruction; for both formal and informal classroom use. These will assist with current class material, but also allow self-lead students to progress much further. The workshop will consist of a series of challenges centered around a unique storyline where participants will take the role of network forensics analyst and will dive into the network forensics mindset by analyzing compromised and suspect data. Learn to identify network issues by understanding how to read network packets, and investigate reverse engineering, hacking, decrypting, or do whatever it takes to solve the challenge. In addition, we will cover the steps to build a classroom cyber range from beginner to elite. Attendees must bring their own laptops.

Pre Conference Workshop #3: Cybersecurity Essentials for Teachers

Speaker: John Sands, Ph.D. Professor, Department Chair -Professor Computer Integrated Technologies

Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018 - 1:00pm-4:30pm at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio
This workshop will cover core competencies in the latest PC hardware and software technologies with a focus on cybersecurity.  The class will include hands-on experiences using real tools used by today's cybersecurity professionals. The class will include an introduction to computer forensic tools, cybersecurity scanners, and hacking tools used by cybersecurity professionals. As an attendee, all instruction materials will be shared with you for use in your classes and attendees will gain access to the National Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) virtual environment. Attendees must bring their own laptops.