Collaborate with Us: Academic Engagement

The NCCoE actively builds relationships with academia to collaborate on real-world, standards-based cybersecurity guidance that addresses business needs, and helps train a cyber-capable workforce by involving students in the applied cybersecurity mission of the NCCoE.

Areas for Collaboration

Participate in Applied Cybersecurity Experiences

  • Student Internships
  • Undergraduate/graduate capstone projects
  • Graduate research assistantships

Engage with NCCoE Staff and Projects

  • Invite NCCoE technical leadership to participate on advisory committees or as event speakers
  • Co-host an event with the NCCoE
  • Submit project ideas to NCCoE, provide feedback, or collaborate on projects
  • Participate in student and industry-led events at the NCCoE
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Examples of Past Work

Situational Awareness for Electric Utilities Video Project 

Communications students at the University of Maryland (UMD) developed a video to showcase how events in April 2015 brought UMD and NIST’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence together to design, build, and document a network monitoring solution for cybersecurity situational awareness. View the video to the left to learn more.

Exploring IoT Systems Security and Use of AI for Intrusion Detection Systems

The goal of this capstone project with Bowie State University during the summer of 2021 was to examine the consequences of integrity violations by applying NISTIR 8269 to a mock general election voting integrity scenario.

Community Cybersecurity Capstone 

Student teams at University of Texas San Antonio during the 2021 spring semester partnered with small businesses and non-profits in San Antonio to provide cybersecurity assessments and recommendations (tied to NIST Cybersecurity Framework) to improve their cyber posture. 

Questions? Email nccoe-studentlab@nist.gov.

Academic Engagement Community of Interest (COI): Frequently Asked Questions

The Academic Engagement COI is a group sponsored by the NCCoE that convenes to promote bi-directional knowledge sharing, workforce development tactics/best practices, and collaboration opportunities between NCCoE and students, faculty, researchers and administrators from the nation’s K-12 and higher education communities.

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