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Pre Conference Workshops

The NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference will feature a series of pre-conference workshops on Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8, 2019. Capacity is limited and registration is required for all pre-conference workshops.

Registration costs are $85.00 for full day workshops and $50.00 for half day workshops.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Full Day Workshop - Registration cost is $85.00

Workshop #1 (9:00 AM – 4:30 PM) Located at Coastline Community College

CyberPatriot Coach's Workshop & CyberPatriot Competition Experience

This workshop is designed to demonstrate the fundamental skills and methods necessary to participate in the CyberPatriot competition through hands-on labs and exercises, allowing the participants to share their knowledge with their students.

This preconference workshop is designed to give you an opportunity to observe a CyberPatriot competition live at Coastline College, Garden Grove, CA.  Coastline is a member of SCCCC that has participated in CyberPatriot competitions for the last four years and is recognized as a Center of Excellence for CyberPatriot (as well as the coveted CAE designation from NSA/Homeland Security).  This live competition will be attended by upwards of 150 students who are actively competing on site as part of the national competition event.  This workshop is designed to not only give you a feel for what happens at a CyberPatriot competition but also, we will share what it takes to design, implement, and sustain the CyberPatriot activities at your school.  Information covered will focus on free resources including curriculum, budgeting, and logistics for hosting a CyberPatriot event.   After attending this workshop, you will know what to do and what to expect when you plan your own CyberPatriot event.  Come join us for an exciting learning experience!

Nancy Jones, Dean of Career and Technical Education, Professor of Computer Networking and faculty coordinator for the CA Statewide Career Pathways project, Coastline Community College.

Elizabeth (Alex) Farrell, Cyber Program Analyst, CyberPatriot

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Full Day Workshop - Registration cost is $85.00

Workshop # 2 (9:00 AM – 4:30 PM) Located at Coastline Community College

How to Teach Palo Alto Network’s Cybersecurity Academy Content

Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy creates partnerships with qualified secondary and post-secondary schools to provide next-generation security technology, course materials, certification, and training labs to be implemented as part of their academic cybersecurity curriculum. The program is designed to equip students with the cybersecurity skills and knowledge based on NICE work roles required to succeed in today's rapidly evolving threat landscape. 

This workshop will prepare teachers to teach the Cybersecurity Foundation, Gateway, and Essentials courses offered through the Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy program. The session will include a review of curriculum including hands-on labs that can be used for classroom instruction. Further, this session initially prepares high school faculty to write the Certified Cybersecurity Associate (PCCSA) examination available through Pearson VUE and no-cost vouchers will be provided to workshop participants. Attendees must bring their own laptops.

Thomas Trevethan, Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy Curriculum Manager

Dr. Thomas Trevethan is currently a Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy Curriculum Manager. He is responsible for developing cybersecurity curriculum and supporting faculty on implementation and inclusion of cybersecurity courses, content, and skills-based labs into their academic programs. Previously Thomas served as the Dean of Curriculum at a University in Southeastern Virginia where he was responsible for 12 academic programs consisting of more than 700 courses. During this time, he was also a faculty member in the Computer and Information Sciences department teaching cybersecurity courses to undergraduate and graduate students.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Full Day Workshop - Registration cost is $85.00
Workshop #3 (9:00 AM – 4:30 PM) Located at Coastline Community College

Cybersecurity Essentials + New Auditing and Compliance Content for Teachers

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 first half of the class will include an introduction to computer forensic tools cybersecurity scanners, and commonly used hacking tools. The second part of this workshop will provide access to a new course in cybersecurity auditing and compliance. Participants will be able to use new labs and receive access to instructional materials, assessment items and a capture the flag environment. 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. Recommended that attendees bring their own laptops, but not required.

John Sands, CSSIA, National Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance, Moraine Valley Community College. 

As a faculty member for over 30 years, Dr. John Sands, Professor of Information Technology and Department Chair of the Computer Integrated Technology Department, has a long track record of demonstrating excellence in teaching. That distinction coupled with being a leading national community college cybersecurity educator has led to him being named the Moraine Valley Community College 2019 Professor of the Year. Certifications include Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP); Cisco Certified Academy Instructor; Certified Cisco Network Professional (Routing & Switching); CompTIA A+, N+, Security+; Microsoft Certified Product Specialist MCP; and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer MCSE.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Full Day Workshop - Registration cost is $85.00

Workshop #4 (9:00 AM – 4:30 PM) Located at Coastline Community College

Cyber Fundamentals with micro:bit 

Cyber Fundamentals with micro:bit is ideal for introducing block-based coding for all levels. The micro:bit is a versatile, affordable platform whose uses will grow with your students' skills. In this full-day workshop, teachers will work through the basics of block-based coding and learn how to integrate them in their classroom. No prior coding experience required! Recommended that attendees bring their own laptops, but not required.

Ken Gracey, Parallax Inc.  

Ken Gracey, CEO of Parallax is a UC Davis alumnus who lives and breathes Parallax products and has done so around the world

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Half- Day Workshops - Registration cost is $50.00

Workshop #5 (9:00 AM – noon) Located at Coastline Community College

NICE Challenge Project: Instructor Crash Course

The NICE Challenge Project develops real-world cybersecurity challenges within virtualized business environments that bring students the authentic learning experience before they enter the workforce. The goal is to provide the most realistic experiences to students while also generating useful assessment data about their knowledge, skills, and abilities for educators. This workshop will cover everything an educator needs to get started using the NICE Challenges. This includes an overview of the Challenge Project, using the NICE Challenge Webportal, and discussion on integration of challenges into classes. Attendees will walk through several challenges in depth. This includes possible challenge solutions and context development methodology. Gain access and learn more about how to use the FREE online platform with our students. Recommended that attendees bring their own laptops, but not required.

Vincent Nestler, Assistant Professor, Assistant Director Cybersecurity Center, Principal Investigator for the NICE Challenge Project, California State University, San Bernardino

Dr.Vincent Nestler, is the author of the Principles of Computer Security, Lab Manual, published by McGraw Hill. He is a network engineering consultant and technical trainer with over 20 years of experience in network administration and security. Dr. Nestler served as a Data Communications Maintenance Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. During his service, he designed and implemented the training for Marines assigned to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Computer Emergency Response Team. He also served as the Assistant Operations Officer (training) for the Joint Broadcast System, during its transition to DISA. Since 2007, Mr. Nestler has been integral to training CyberCorps students at Idaho State University and at California State University, San Bernardino. He is the Primary Investigator for the NICE Challenge Project (nice-challenge.com) which develops real world hands-on scenarios that provide students with cybersecurity workforce experience before joining the workforce.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Half- Day Workshops - Registration cost is $50.00

Workshop #6 (9:00 AM – noon) Located at the Hyatt Regency Orange County 

STEM Explore, Discover, Apply (STEM EDA)

During this workshop, teachers experience hands-on, project-driven modules for middle school. The STEM EDA curriculum engages students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and liberal arts. Teachers will learn how to use the Engineering Design process to develop 21st century skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, leadership, teambuilding, creativity, and communication. Each module infuses cyber contexts and humanities connections into fundamental STEM concepts. Recommended that attendees bring their own laptops, but not required.

Kevin Nolten, Director of Academic Outreach and Chuck Gardner, Director of Curriculum, Cyber Innovation Center

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Half- Day Workshops - Registration cost is $50.00

Workshop #7 (1:00 PM – 4:30 PM) Located at Coastline Community College

Hacking Workshop: Hands-on with Capture the Flag

If done well, a capture-the-flag exercise is an educational experience disguised as a competition! It’s hard not to get excited after teaching yourself a new skill, finding a flag, then being rewarded with CTF points! In this interactive session, attendees will be introduced to a wide variety of capture-the-flag competitions and will explore how to use them with high school and college students and teachers to drive interest and enhance learning in cybersecurity topics. Recommended that attendees bring their own laptops, but not required.

David Raymond, Director, Virginia Cyber Range

Dr. David Raymond is Director of the Virginia Cyber Range and Deputy Director of the Virginia Tech IT Security Office and Lab. David is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech where he teaches graduate courses in computer networking and cybersecurity. A retired Army officer, his last Army assignment was on the faculty at West Point where he taught undergraduate courses in computer networking, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity and coached the West Point cyber competition team.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Half- Day Workshops - Registration cost is $50.00

Workshop #8 (1:00 PM – 4:30 PM) Located at Coastline Community College

The IT Fundamentals Project – A Gift of Quality Learning Content to Students 

The goal of the IT Fundamentals Project is to provide students with quality learning resources at no cost that will enable them to gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to obtain the CompTIA ITF+ certification. Project partners in this effort include the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, CompTIA, Practice-Labs, ITProTV, and Cyberhub. Core learning content was developed by a team of community college and high school instructors. Participants will be provided with access to this “course in a box” style content that will enable teachers, with a very limited knowledge of IT and cybersecurity, to immediately begin to teach the class. Attendees must bring their own laptops.

Steve Linthicum, ICT-DM Deputy Sector Navigator in Orange County

Steve will serve as a presenter. Serving as the IT Fundamentals Project lead, Steve has taught a variety of IT and cybersecurity courses at the college and high school levels and holds a large number of IT/cybersecurity certifications.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Half- Day Workshops - Registration cost is $50.00

Workshop #9 (1:00 PM – 4:30 PM) Located at Hyatt Regency Orange County

Analysis and Investigation of Cyber-based Scenarios 

Explore how educators can bring NICERC'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. Recommended that attendees bring their own laptops, but not required.

Kevin Nolten, Director of Academic Outreach and Chuck Gardner, Director of Curriculum, Cyber Innovation Center


Saturday, December 7, 2019

Half- Day Student Workshop - No fee required

Student Workshop A (1:00 PM – 5:00 PM) Located at Coastline Community College

Girl Scouts - Cybersecurity Badge Day 

Stay Tuned for More Information. Registration coming on the conference website.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Half- Day Student Workshop

Student Workshop B (1:00 PM – 5:00 PM) Located at Coastline Community College

IBM CyberDay4Girls - No fee required

IBM is pleased to partner with the NICE K12 Cybersecurity Education Conference to bring you #IBMCyberDay4Girls. We welcome all 6th-9th grade girls interested in building their knowledge of cybersecurity and hearing about exciting opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). 

This fun day of learning, games, and giveaways will help girls learn about protecting their online identity, the Internet of Things, and meet female role models studying and working in cybersecurity. Snacks will be provided.

Registration coming on the conference website.