A regional network for cybersecurity education is moving from California to Washington, and will be based at Whatcom Community College.
The cybersecurity network, CyberWatch West, is one of only four funded by the National Science Foundation. NSF is providing a four-year, $3 million grant to support its operations, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges announced Friday.
CyberWatch West is a regional network of colleges, businesses and government agencies that help educate a cybersecurity workforce in the western United States. There are 36 educational institutions that participate, including seven of Washington’s public colleges: Whatcom, Highline, Tacoma, Columbia Basin, Green River and Peninsula community colleges, and Clover Park Technical College.
The NSF money will be used to develop curriculum materials for cybersecurity, provide faculty training, and run a competition for high-school and college students learning about cybersecurity, said Corrinne Sande, the lead faculty member of Whatcom’s Computer Information Systems program.
The regional network was formed in 2011 and had previously been based at a college in California.