May 1, 2019 - Northport, NY: Today, Secure Decisions launched the “Cyber Savvy Educators Contest,” which challenges middle school educators to create a branching web comic around the importance of strong passwords for their students. Branching web comics are graphic stories where a reader makes choices on behalf of a character, causing the story to follow a variety of branches that result in different outcomes. These visual, interactive stories engage young learners and help them understand the cause-effect relationship between [...]
April 3, 2019 “Cybersecurity for Middle School Teachers and Students (CyberMiSTS)” is a 2-week summer program for middle school teachers wishing to teach their students about cybersecurity. This workshop will provide educators on Long Island with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to actively engage students and expose them to cybersecurity concepts and careers. In the CyberMiSTS workshop, teachers will learn from cybersecurity researchers, engage in hands-on activities, customize cybersecurity course materials for their own classrooms, and use Comic-BEE [...]
Comic-BEE has received the Building Tomorrow’s Workforce Award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate’s Funded Performer Awards. DHS S&T awards this honor to a funded project that best helps develop the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. The award ceremony took place on March 19th, as part of the 2019 DHS S&T Cybersecurity and Innovation Showcase in Washington, D.C. Laurin Buchanan, Principal Investigator for Comic-BEE, attended the ceremony and accepted the award. Developed by [...]
“Cybersecurity for Middle School Teachers and Students (CyberMiSTS)” is a 2-week summer program for middle school teachers wishing to teach their students about cybersecurity. This workshop will provide educators on Long Island with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to actively engage students and expose them to cybersecurity concepts and careers. In the CyberMiSTS workshop, teachers will learn from cybersecurity researchers, engage in hands-on activities, customize cybersecurity course materials for their own classrooms, and use Comic-BEE to develop branching, [...]
Want to engage your college students more deeply in your course topic and assess their understanding of course materials? Have them create a branching web-comic using Comic-BEE instead of writing a term paper! Students have reported that writing a comic in Comic-BEE is more enjoyable than writing a paper, and instructors say that reading the comics was faster to evaluate than a paper with citations. Read more about this novel approach, and learn about one professor’s experience using Comic-BEE.
November is National Career Development month and November 12-17 is National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week (NCCAW). Comic-BEE will be doing its part to support NCCAW’s goal to inspire, educate, and engage children through adults to pursue careers in cybersecurity.
Laurin Buchanan, Principal Investigator for Comic-BEE, has joined the Editorial Board of Cybersecurity Skills Journal: Practice and Research (CSJ), published by the National CyberWatch Center (NCC). The CSJ is a unique “hybrid-access” scholarly publication focused exclusively on cybersecurity skills and is the first publication to bridge the profession's theory-practice divide by publishing research on the theories, measurement methods, evidence-based practices, and effective pedagogy required for the skilled performance of cybersecurity tactics, techniques, and protocols. The journal’s goal is to improve [...]
Join us on November 6th & 7th in Miami for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference and Expo! Stop by our booth #113 to see a live demo of Comic-BEE and learn how you can use Comic-BEE to create engaging content to educate or evaluate cybersecurity knowledge and skills at any level. Comic-BEE has been successfully used with K12 students in camps and after school workshops, and in college classes. We can help you create a novel challenge [...]
We are pleased to announce that Comic-BEE was selected as the Best Student Learning Aid in the 2nd Annual Innovations in Cybersecurity Education Awards from the National CyberWatch Center. The awards were announced on August 2, 2018 at the 2018 Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) at Mt. Hood Community College, in Gresham, Oregon. Built on research with educators and developed by Secure Decisions, Comic-BEE is a web application that lets educators and students design, script, storyboard, and publish branching interactive [...]
Comic-BEE will be exhibiting at the Community College Cyber Summit (3CS) at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon from August 2-4, 2018. Come see a demonstration of Comic-BEE and learn about how you can use interactive branching comics for cyber security education! 3CS is the only national academic conference focused on cyber security education at community colleges. It enables educators and students to meet and learn about the latest technologies, industry practices, and courses. The summit is organized by [...]
Comic-BEE will be exhibiting during the Summit (June 5 -7, 2018) and providing live demonstrations that show how Comic-BEE makes it easy to create branching web-comics that convey valuable lessons in cyber security, without needing artists, writers, or programmers. The engaging web-comic format is ideal for creating customized content for education or evaluation, for workforce or potential hires at any level. Laurin Buchanan, Principal Investigator for Secure Decisions, will also give a “Lightning Round" presentation about Comic-BEE in the Exhibit [...]
Laurin Buchanan, Principal Investigator for Secure Decisions and an industry leader in cyber security education, was invited to speak at the 2018 CyberUSA Conference on January 30th, in San Antonio, Texas. Ms. Buchanan will be part of a panel exploring new advancements in cyber security education programs and practices. Moderated by Loyce Pailen, of the University of Maryland, Ms. Buchanan will be joined on the panel by Akhtar Lodgher of Texas A&M University’s Computing and Cyber Security department, and Matt Loeb, [...]