The role of community colleges in preparing students for cybersecurity jobs is changing. We must focus anew on workforce development and on the NICE Job Roles. We must learn to protect against cybersecurity vulnerabilities of new technologies, such as drones and autonomous vehicles. We need evidence-based measures of program effectiveness. We need new programs, program components, courses, labs, practices, and methods of instruction.

Virtual 3CS

August 4th from 6-8pm ET


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2020 Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) Canceled

I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and balancing between work, life and well-being during this challenging COVID-19 pandemic.


After much deliberation with the 3CS Steering and Program Committees, our sponsors, our higher education partners, and the 2020 host institution, we have decided to postpone the 2020 3CS. However, some events will continue, albeit virtually:


  • We will run the opening plenary on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 6-8pm ET. During this time, we’ll honor the 2020 Innovations in Cybersecurity Education winners, announce important updates as it relates to our community, programs, and funding, and hear from a few speakers. Afterwards, we’ll host a virtual reception.


SAVE THE DATE: The 2021 3CS is tentatively scheduled for August 2-5 at host institution, Sinclair Community College, in Dayton, OH.


Ongoing 3CS communications will continue to be communicated via email, our monthly e-Newsletter (NCC Communicator), and via our various social media platforms (Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter).


Thanks for your understanding and for all you are doing to keep yourself, your family, and others safe and healthy.


Casey W. O'Brien

Executive Director & Principal Investigator

National CyberWatch Center


3CS is the only national academic conference

focused on cybersecurity education at community colleges.



The 2020 Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) at Sinclair Community College in Dayton marks the seventh annual edition of 3CS. Previous Summits took place at Moraine Valley Community College near Chicago (2014), College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas (2015), Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh (2016), Prince George's Community College in Maryland (2017), Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon (2018) and Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana (2019).


3CS is organized and produced by the National CyberWatch Center, National Resource Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA), National Cybersecurity Training & Education Center (NCyTE), and Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC), which are all funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The outcomes of 3CS leverage community college cybersecurity programs across the nation by introducing the latest technologies, best practices, curricula, products, and more.



Contact information:


Dr. Bob Spear

3CS Chair



Dr. Vera Zdravkovich

Job Fair and Employers


Fran Melvin



Nelly Group, LLC



Casey W. O'Brien



Chris Rondeau

Proposals and Program



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Produced by these National Science Foundation (NSF)

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