NCI Journal – Vol 3, No 2
Welcome to the second issue in Volume 3 of the National Cybersecurity Institute Journal.
As those with a vested interest in cybersecurity are aware, there is a paucity of well-educated and trained individuals to meet the demand for cybersecurity professionals. Numerous efforts to reduce the gap in the cyber workforce are underway, including finding ways to increase the number of women and minorities in the field. Community colleges play an important role in that effort, and in this issue of our journal we will examine some of those efforts through the perspective of five notable authors. With each issue of this journal we will continue to increase awareness and knowledge of the various aspects of the cybersecurity discipline to help everyone better understand and meet the escalating challenges in the cyber community.
In our first article, Charles Parker presents us with “Cybersecurity Gender Inequality: The Role and Effort of the Community College,” a paper that provides an overview of the status of women in the cyber workforce and what community colleges, acting as a gateway to knowledge, are doing to increase the participation of women in IT. Next, the team of Benito R. Fernández, Carlos A. García, José R. Capriles, Wendy Ford, and Christine Mooney provide us with their paper, “Building Bridges: From NSF ICorps to Community Colleges—Cybersecurity for All,” which highlights how The University of Texas at Austin and Queensborough Community College are collaborating to increase the engagement of traditionally underrepresented people in the cybersecurity workforce. In his offering, “Meeting the Present and Future Demands of Cybersecurity,” Kevin Lemmon provides an overview of government actions such as Executive Order 13587 that seeks to recruit and retain cyber professionals, and how groups such as Women in Technology (WIT) are working to recruit increasing numbers of women into the cyber arena. Next, in “2 Plus 2 Cybersecurity Education—Transfer Pathways for Women and Minorities,” authors Laila Khreisat and Neelu Sinha discuss in detail how Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Community College Partnership Program has brought both bachelor’s and master’s degrees to underrepresented regions of New Jersey. In so doing it has created a much-needed pipeline of diverse cybersecurity individuals, by providing transfer students with varying opportunities to pursue degrees in the cyber field. Finally, from the great state of Hawaii, Debra A. Nakama at the University of Hawaii Maui College offers us “Community College’s Outreach Role in Cybersecurity.” This article emphasizes the importance of an outreach program in expanding access to careers in the cybersecurity field with particular emphasis on the inclusion of women and minorities to improve their economic security.
The editors at the NCI Journal believe these articles relating to the efforts of community colleges across the nation to increase participation in cybersecurity will educate our readers and provide them with useful infor- mation that can be applied to their own systems and organizations to strengthen their systems cybersecurity.
Cybersecurity is of prime importance to businesses and their stakeholders, and to the countless individu- als who operate a digital system. At the NCI Journal we work continually to publish articles that you, our readers, will find helpful both to you personally and to the benefit of your organization. Many thanks go to all the contributors, administration, and staff for their ongoing efforts to bring this latest edition of the National Cybersecurity Institute Journal to fruition. I look forward to your comments, suggestions, and future submissions to the journal.
Jane A. LeClair, EdD
Editor in Chief