CCBC CAE2Y Application: IA Partnerships


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1. IA Partnerships: Extending IA beyond the normal boundaries of the College/Institution and bringing current IA practitioners into the IA Center. Provide evidence of partnerships in IA education with 4-year schools, other Community Colleges, Two-Year Technical schools, K-12 schools, Industry Schools, Government Schools, Federal/State Agencies, Business, Industry or Non profit organizations. Evidence must be in the form of an articulation agreement, Memorandum of Agreement, letters of endorsement, etc. between the schools. Articulation Agreements must be specific to IA programs. Partnership(s) may include: Shared curriculum and resources (IA teaching materials provided); shared faculty (faculty on curriculum committee for more than one institution); and reciprocity of credits.

Overall Point Value: 10 minimum/20 maximum

In 2005, CCBC joined Anne Arundel Community College, Montgomery College, Northern Virginia Community College, and Prince George's Community College in applying for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant titled, CyberWATCH: Washington Area Technician and Consortium Headquarters (AKA CW I). The impetus behind the formation of the CyberWATCH regional center was to address the need for qualified information security professionals in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region by leveraging the work that was already taking place at these institutions. The four-year, $3 million grant was awarded (with Prince George’s Community College designated as the lead institution). Following four successful years of operation, CyberWatch (the name changed to reflect the focus on cyber security initiatives beyond the D.C. metropolitan regional area) now works with 50-plus institutions in 19 states.

CCBC's commitment to Information Assurance (IA) education is reflected in its educational partnerships, as reflected by the articulation agreements with K-12 school systems, Community Colleges, and four-year colleges/universities.

At the K-12 level, CCBC has IA partnerships established with the Baltimore County Public School System. By participating in this program, any Baltimore County Public School student can articulate credits toward CCBC’s Information Systems Security A.A.S. degree, or a CCBC Information Systems Security certificate.

In addition to the articulation agreements at the high school level, CCBC has signed articulation agreements (scroll down under Network Technology for IA articulation agreements) for its Information Systems Security degree program with the following schools:

  • Capitol College
  • University of Maryland University College (UMUC)

CCBC is actively working on articulation agreements with the following schools:
  • Johns Hopkins University (Maryland)
  • Stevenson University (Maryland)
  • Towson University (Maryland)
  • University of Baltimore (Maryland)
  • Wilmington University (Delaware)

A. Shared Curriculum (e.g., IA teaching materials provided to technical schools, universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, etc.).

Point Value: Up to 5 points

Module development/collection is a key element of the CyberWatch curriculum development strategy. From 2005-2009, CCBC led the development, adoption, adaption, and maintenance of course modules, student lab exercises, and other learning objects in support of the CyberWatch model A.A.S. Information Systems Security curriculum. A reasonable estimate is that over 30 modules were developed (if aggregated modules are counted as separate ones) and over 90 modules were collected from other sources from 2005-2009.

A repository of this material can be found here (an account must be created in order to see this repository).

B. Shared Faculty (e.g., Faculty on curriculum development committee for more than one institution)

Point Value: Up to 5 points

CCBC is part of the CyberWatch curriculum development team. This team is responsible for the development, update, and dissemination of CyberWatch-sponsored curriculum.

In addition to Casey W. O'Brien, Co-PI CyberWatch Center, spearheading the collection and development of the CyberWatch curriculum modules from 2005-2009, he has also led various workshops and provided consulting services to two- and four-year schools looking to setup cost-effective and scalable face-to-face/online IA laboratories.

In August, 2007, Mr. O'Brien led the CyberWatch faculty workshop All About Labs, a four-day course exploring how to setup different face-to-face lab environments to teach IA, as well as how to access and use the CyberWatch Virtual Lab and Virtual Private Network (VPN). Participants left the workshop with a variety of virtualization options and system images, security tools, and labs exercises that could be immediately implemented in their programs.

Mr. O'Brien also consulted with Morgan State University's IT staff and Computer Science faculty on setting up a face-to-face laboratory to support its Computer Science curricula.

In addition to leading the All About Labs faculty workshop for two- and four-year CyberWatch faculty, Mr. O'Brien has also developed and disseminated extensive course materials (e.g., PowerPoint slides, hands-on lab exercises) and virtual machine systems to support the following CyberWatch and the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) workshops:

  • All About Labs
  • All You Ever Wanted to Know About Wireshark (in One Day)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Security Tools

C. Use of distance education technology and techniques to deliver IA courses. (Distance education includes live/delayed broadcasts, videotapes/CDs, lectures, and web-based IA courses.)

Point Value: Up to 5 points

CCBC uses the WebCT/Blackboard Learning Management System as the online delivery platform for the college. All IA courses taught in our Network Technology department use this platform. Currently, the only course being offered online is DCOM 258: Introduction to Information Security (Security+). However, this will change starting in the fall of 2011.

As of December 6, 2010, the CCBC Institute for Cyber Security was awarded an $87,218 Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) grant titled, CCBC Cybersecurity Training Institute. The one year grant's purpose is to develop a virtual laboratory to provide cybersecurity training for the expanding workforce as a result of the relocation of federal agencies at Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Meade in Harford and Baltimore counties. The secondary focus of the project is to enhance the services provided by the CCBC Institute for Cyber Security in order to reach government contractors and private businesses in the area. Due to the significant number of IT technicians and engineers projected to be needed by the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR), as well as the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), the development of career pathways and cultivation of students at the secondary school level ensures a long-range plan for keeping these positions filled with highly-skilled workers. In addition, CCBC will leverage this infrastructure and the work the CyberWatch curriculum team is doing to ensure all technical courses in the CCBC Security degree and certificate programs are available in an online format, to both CCBC and CyberWatch member institutions.

CCBC faculty also maintain their own web sites and/or blogs.

D. Evidence the program is providing students with access to IA practitioners (Example: guest lecturers working in IA industry, government, faculty exchange program with industry and/or government, etc.)

Point Value: Up to 5 points

In 2006, students in the Network Technology department established a Cyber Defense Club. Weekly meetings on the CCBC Essex campus expose students to various information security-related technologies and tools, professionals working in the field, and give students a chance to explore concepts and technologies outside of the traditional classroom setting. From this Club comes the student team that represents CCBC each year in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (MA CCDC). In 2010, the CCBC Cyber Defense Club team finished second in the 5th Mid-Atlantic CCDC. In 2008, CCBC won the 3rd Mid-Atlantic CCDC, and was the first community college in the country to qualify for the National CCDC.

Students are also encouraged to join and attend monthly meetings of professional organizations such as the Maryland chapter of InfraGard and the Baltimore chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). In April, 2011, CCBC will be hosting the Maryland InfraGard monthly chapter meeting.

Guest speakers are also encouraged to visit the weekly Cyber Defense Club meetings. Past guest speakers have included:

  • Mark Hufe, Wilmington University: Introduction to Python
  • Mike Dougherty, Bogdan Computer Services: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
  • Justin Wray, Jacob & Sundstrom, Inc.: Intrusion Detection/Prevention Systems


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