Affiliated Resources

Affiliated Resources


GenCyber enables schools to host a cybersecurity summer camp for middle and high school students and teachers. The goal of this program is to educate young students on safe behaviors online, increase interest in cybersecurity careers, increase diversity in cybersecurity, and improve cybersecurity education methodologies at the K-12 level.

Cybersecurity Skills Gap

GenCyber acts as a pathway for academia to contribute to the cybersecuirty workforce and help solve the cyber security skills gap. The cybersecurity skills gap refers to the lack of qualified cybersecurity professionals entering the workforce at a time when demand for labor is high. GenCyber acts as a pathway for young students to learn more about and pursue careers in cybersecurity, an area that is critical to the future of the nations physical and economic security.

The Mission

GenCyber's mission is to expand and improve elementary, middle, and high school cybersecurity education in the United States. This program achieves this mission by allowing institutions to fund summer camps that enable students to learn about the cybersecurity first principles and teaching methodologies. 


GenCyber camps are open to all students and teachers at no cost. Funding for GenCyber is provided jointly by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. To apply for funding, you must be a university, public or private school, a not-for-profit institution, or a nonprofit institution. The National Security Agency begins to solicit proposals for GenCyber Funding in late September.

More Information

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National CyberWatch is the national center that grew out of the regional CyberWatch Center.  It has been instrumental in establishing the Center of Academic Excellence 2 Year (CAE2Y) program in 2009.  It provides the following support services:

  • Personal assistance with mapping to Knowledge Units.
  • One to One mentoring for colleges seeking to become a CAE2Y.
  • Consultation on starting or improving cybersecurity related programs.
  • Webinars on issues of CAE and CAE2Y.
  • Travel support to member colleges receiving their CAE2Y.

National CyberWatch Website -

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CyberWatch West is a regional ATE center serving 14 states in the Western region (although membership is open to all). We provide the following support services to member colleges:

  • One to One mentoring for colleges seeking to become a CAE2Y.
  • Consultation on starting or improving members cybersecurity related programs.
  • Online training on the CAE2Y application process.
  • Knowledge unit consultant who will help map your curriculum to the CAE2Y knowledge units.
  • Travel support to colleges receiving their CAE2Y.

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The Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) is a National Resource Center. The center has served institutions that offer degrees and or certificates in cybersecurity since 2003. The CSSIA center at Moraine Valley Community College was one of the first six community colleges to receive the CAE2Y designation in 2010. We provide the following services:

  • Open source library of cybersecurity curriculum, labs, and instructional materials.
  • National cybersecurity faculty development academy.
  • Access to our cybersecurity virtual teaching and learning environments.
  • Mentoring and assistance for institutions pursuing to the CAE2Y designation.

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