Preview of Award 1501195 - annual Project Report

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Federal Agency and Organization Element to Which Report is Submitted:
4900
Federal Grant or Other Identifying Number Assigned by Agency:
1501195
Project Title:
Integrating Soft/Entrepreneurial Skills for Success in Cybersecurity
PD/PI Name:
  • Allan Anderson, Principal Investigator
  • Carol Cole, Co-Principal Investigator
Recipient Organization:
Northeast State Technical Community College
Project/Grant Period:
03/01/2016 - 02/28/2019
Reporting Period:
03/01/2017 - 02/28/2018
Submitting Official (if other than PD\PI):
  • Allan Anderson
  • Principal Investigator
Submission Date:
02/14/2018
Signature of Submitting Official (signature shall be submitted in accordance with agency specific instructions)
Allan Anderson

Accomplishments

* What are the major goals of the project?

1) Integrating “soft skills” - such as teamwork, effective communication, and relationship

building; and entrepreneurial skills - such as leadership, salesmanship, accountability, goal

orientation, persuasion and influence - into the current IA curriculum and new entrepreneurial

course, for the IA courses of Information Security; Fundamentals, Enterprise Security

Management, Computer Forensics, Network Security, and Secure Electronic Commerce soft

skills such as report writing, documentation of processes, and oral communications will be

incorporated into the course;

2) Building enrollment in the IA program by focusing on area high schools, the community, and

industry outreach;

3) Developing and disseminating a replicable model curriculum and results from the project

through the National CyberWatch Center Clearinghouse and through the South Carolina

Advance Technologically Education Center (SCATE)

* What was accomplished under these goals (you must provide information for at least one of the 4 categories below)?

Major Activities:

Goal 1 - Developed soft skills and entrepreneurial skills modules for integration into the IA curriculum
and Entrepreneurship course. On going.


Goal 1 - Completed development and obtained approval of the Entrepreneurial course. Completed and is being offered for the first time Spring Semester 2018.

Co- PI, Carol Cole, Spring Semester, 2017, is offering and teaching the new BUSN 1330 course in Entrepreneurship both as a traditional day course, 27 students, and an evening Internet course, 20 students.

Goal 2 - Updated project-related recruitment and marketing materials including the Computer and
Information Sciences – Information Assurance brochure; Cyber Defense and Network
Engineering Programs booklet; and the Cybersecurity website, table drape and stand-up banner.

Specific Objectives:

Goal 1 - To integrate “soft skills” such as teamwork, effective communication, and relationship building into the current IA curriculum. To integrate entrepreneurial skills, such as leadership, salesmanship, accountability, goal orientation, persuasion and influence, into the current IA curriculum. 

Goal 2 - Recruit from area high schools. High school guidance counselor and Technical Education Teacher education. Community outreach and after school activities. Internal recruitment of NeSCC students in Business Technologies Division classes. Industry outreach

Goal 3 - Dissemination of results of the project. 

Significant Results:

Goal 1 - Targeted Cyber Defense courses where the inclusion of “soft skills” will be integrated are: Computer Forensics, Network Security, and Secure Electronic Commerce. Specific “soft skills” to be integrated into these courses are: report writing, documentation of processes, and oral communications.

Goal 2 - Consistent with the project’s proposal contents, evaluation sought to determine the extent to which the project engaged in efforts to recruit from the nineteen area high schools within the College’s five-county service area. Recruitment strategies were to include job fairs, information sessions, and presentations. Although the management team indicated that recruitment would continue in Spring 2018

Among related planned events is “Career Quest 2018” to be offered April 2018.

 “The Computer and Information Sciences Department regularly meets with its advisory board, which is composed of representatives from local businesses. These industry leaders provide advice for academic programs and keep them informed of the skills needed for success in the job market.” Given that Cybersecurity was proposed in response to industry input, industry input (outreach) is expected to continue for the duration of Cybersecurity.

Goal 3 - Disseminated project information at the NSF-ATE PI Conference in Washington, DC (October 23-25, 2017). Joining the Cybersecurity management team’s “manning” of a booth at the NSF ATE PI Conference were NeSCC students – Brittany Calixto, Rebekah Pennewell, and Tristan Lambert. The Computer and Information Sciences department has completed its development of a website which includes links enabling access to all of the project’s dissemination efforts. The team is in the process of updating the site with new material.

Key outcomes or Other achievements:

By attending the Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) in Largo, MD June 2017 the PI was able to communicate with professors in the field and get suggestions from them and to see that they are having some of the same problems as we are with the soft and entrepreneurial skills. The PI was able to give a presentation at the 3CS conference about building a portable pentration network lab.

The Co-PI attended attended the National Assn. for Community College Entrepreneurship annual conference, gaining useful insight and tools for the further development of the new Entrepreneurship course in October 2017.

* What opportunities for training and professional development has the project provided?

The PI attend Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) in Largo, Maryland June2017. 

The Co-PI attended attended the National Assn. for Community College Entrepreneurship annual conference, gaining useful insight and tools for the further development of the new Entrepreneurship course in October 2017.

* How have the results been disseminated to communities of interest?

Developed a website: The address is cscilinux.northeaststate.edu/cd

* What do you plan to do during the next reporting period to accomplish the goals?

Make more High School visits and to leverage more activities to promote Cyber Defense. Work with the College Public Relation office for advertising an promotion, cyber camps. We are looking at running a Girls Cyber camp. We have an unfunded one-year extension of our grant. With the cooporation of East Tennessee State University and a grant they have we are looking at running the camp for a week. We are still in the planning phase but the tentative dates are 16 – 20 July. Continue participation in annual activities from previous year.

Supporting Files
Filename Description Uploaded By Uploaded On
(Download) Final Evaluation Report 2.12.2018.pdf Final Evaluation from External Eval. Allan Anderson 02/14/2018

Products

Books

Book Chapters

Inventions

Journals or Juried Conference Papers

Licenses

Other Conference Presentations / Papers

Other Products

  • Educational aids or Curricula.

    Co-PI, Carol Cole, Spring Semester, 2017, is offering and teaching the new BUSN 1330 course in Entrepreneurship both as a traditional day course, 27 students, and an evening Internet course, 20 students. Materials will be available through the web site at cscilinux.northeaststate.edu/cd.

  • Educational aids or Curricula.

    PowerPoint presentation for various "Soft Skills" They are available on the website for the project. The website address is: cscilinux.northeaststate.edu/cd

Other Publications

Patents

Technologies or Techniques

Thesis/Dissertations

Websites

Participants/Organizations

What individuals have worked on the project?

Name Most Senior Project Role Nearest Person Month Worked
Anderson, Allan PD/PI 5
Cole, Carol Co PD/PI 5

Full details of individuals who have worked on the project:

Allan Anderson
Email: aranderson@northeaststate.edu
Most Senior Project Role: PD/PI
Nearest Person Month Worked: 5

Contribution to the Project: Principle Investigator, coordinator with other staff agencies at the local institution. Lead instructor for the cyber defense program were we are targeting the soft skills,

Funding Support: NSF Grant 1501195

International Collaboration:  No
International Travel:  No

Carol Cole
Email: cscole@northeaststate.edu
Most Senior Project Role: Co PD/PI
Nearest Person Month Worked: 5

Contribution to the Project: Co-Principle Investigator, coordinator with other staff agencies at the local institution. Lead instructor for development of Entrepreneurial Skills course.

Funding Support: NSF Grant 1501195

International Collaboration:  No
International Travel:  No

What other organizations have been involved as partners?

Nothing to report.

What other collaborators or contacts have been involved?

Nothing to report


Impacts

What is the impact on the development of the principal discipline(s) of the project?

The soft skills and entrepreneurial skills is developing students to become better potential candidates for employers in the field of Cyber Defense.

What is the impact on other disciplines?

The skills learned in the Cyber Defense program can be used in other disciplines.

What is the impact on the development of human resources?

Nothing to report.

What is the impact on physical resources that form infrastructure?

Nothing to report.

What is the impact on institutional resources that form infrastructure?

Nothing to report.

What is the impact on information resources that form infrastructure?

Nothing to report.

What is the impact on technology transfer?

Nothing to report.

What is the impact on society beyond science and technology?

The student has the soft skills and entrepreneurial skills which will make them better citizens and employees in any field.

Changes/Problems

Changes in approach and reason for change

Nothing to report.

Actual or Anticipated problems or delays and actions or plans to resolve them

Nothing to report.

Changes that have a significant impact on expenditures

Nothing to report.

Significant changes in use or care of human subjects

Nothing to report.

Significant changes in use or care of vertebrate animals

Nothing to report.

Significant changes in use or care of biohazards

Nothing to report.

Special Requirements

Responses to any special reporting requirements specified in the award terms and conditions, as well as any award specific reporting requirements.

Nothing to report.