The Virginia Department of Education firmly believes in the importance of Cyber Security for the future of the Commonwealth. As such, we encourage both students and adults to stay up to date on current Cyber Security issues and solutions in this ever-evolving environment. Below is a collection of helpful tools, article and resources to help you get started.
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Virginia Space Grant Consortium

For College Sophomores

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) in partnership with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), NASA Langley Research Center and NASA Wallops Flight Facility and with the strong support of the Virginia Governor’s office, is offering the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Takes Flight at Virginia’s Community Colleges initiative. STEM Takes Flight provides a suite of programs for Virginia community college students pursuing STEM majors (exclusive of allied health and business) and faculty in STEM disciplines statewide. Opportunities include $5,000 mentored scholarships, NASA paid onsite research experiences, paid industry internships, new courses and a NASA residential faculty professional development workshop. See links below for details on each of the STEM Takes Flight opportunities. The program is underwritten in large part by a two-year NASA Space Grant competitive award.

George C. Marshall Governor’s STEM Academy

For Middle and High School Students

Marshall Academy provides students the opportunity to obtain highly desirable industry recognized certifications, licensure, post-secondary course credit, and valuable career experiences with local business partners and leading national organizations in the greater Washington metropolitan area.

Chantilly Governor’s STEM Academy

For Elementary, Middle and High School Students

Chantilly Governor’s STEM Academy is committed to developing the leaders of tomorrow by preparing all students to meet the high academic, scientific and technical skills, civic and workforce challenges of the 21st century.

Bloomberg Business

For Everyone

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Wall Street Journal: Business - CIO Journal

For Everyone

CIO Journal is a premium news and information service for Chief Information Officers and senior business executives interested in technology.

Forbes: Management

For Everyone

Forbes is a global media company, focusing on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and lifestyle.

CIO

For Everyone

CIO.com provides technology and business leaders with insight and analysis on information technology trends and a keen understanding of IT's role in achieving business goals.

Workforce Magazine

For Everyone

Workforce is a multimedia publication that covers the intersection of people management and business strategy. Our content helps HR professionals approach their jobs from a more strategic, big-picture, business-results perspective.

The International Business Times

For Everyone

International Business Times is a digital global news publication that provides comprehensive coverage and analysis of the most important business, economic, political and technological issues around the world.

Business Ethics: The Magazine of Corporate Responsibility

For Everyone

Business Ethics is an online magazine with a strong heritage in the fields of ethics, governance, corporate responsibility and socially responsible investing.

Why diversity matters (McKinsey and Company)

For Everyone

New research makes it increasingly clear that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially.

What Is the Advantage for a Business to Have Diversity Training for Its Employees? (Houston Chronicle)

For Everyone

If you're running an office full of employees, consider the benefits of diversity training for the business.

12 Signs Your Company Has An Enviable Workplace Culture (Fast Company)

For Everyone

Use these indicators to build a healthy company culture, one employee at a time.

Careers in Management

For Everyone

Careers in Management provides the details you need to understand the wide variety of career options in management, including job descriptions, salaries, what people are saying and entry requirements.

College Major and Career Search

For High School and Higher Education Students

Browse major and career profiles or use the options on the page to search by keyword or interest on this webpage, provided by The College Board.

Careers in Business

For Everyone

Careers-in-Business.com is designed to help you find satisfying jobs in the business world. Careers-in-Business.com brings you the latest scoop on various business career areas including jobs, salaries, what people are saying and entry requirements.

Business OneStop  

For Potential and Current Business Owners  

Business One Stop provides assistance specific to prospective and beginning entrepreneurs, owners of existing and expanding enterprises, and out-of-state companies contemplating a move to Virginia.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Learning Center

For Potential and Current Business Owners

The SBA Learning Center provides resources for starting, managing, financing, or marketing a business.

Resources for Business in America

For Potential and Current Business Owners

Resources for Businesses in America is a White House source to help entrepreneurs and business owners “grow, succeed, and create jobs.”

BusinessUSA

For Potential and Current Business Owners

BusinessUSA offers links to tools and resources related to taxes and credits, intellectual property, hiring, exporting, new health care changes, and many other business needs.

What is Cloud Computing? (PC Magazine)

For Everyone

The 'cloud' is a real buzzword, but what is it, how does it impact what you do, and is it anything really new? This article from PC Magazine will give you an introduction to the world of cloud computing.

What is Cloud Computing?

For Everyone

What is Cloud Computing? This article provides all details, benefits, advantages, disadvantages of Cloud Computing.

Cloud Computing: A Small Business Guide (Business News Daily)

For Everyone

In today's ever-changing business climate, it's critical that small business owners get what they need right when they need it. This is exactly the convenience that cloud computing provides, as detailed in this guide for small businesses.

Cybersecurity: The new business priority. (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP)

For Everyone

This article reveals how company leaders can protect—and strengthen—the business with the right approach to information security.

Cybersecurity for Small Business (Federal Communications Commission)

For Everyone

Cybersecurity information for the business manager

Implement a Cybersecurity Plan (National Cyber Security Alliance)

For Everyone

StaySafeOnline.org provides a computer network assessment that will help you begin a cybersecurity plan to mitigate the largest risks to your business.

Sustainable Business Practices (U.S. Small Business Administration)

For Everyone

As part of an overall efficiency plan, you may also consider implementing sustainable business practices. Learn what resources are available regarding green business practices.

Business and Sustainable Development (International Institute for Sustainable Development)

For Everyone

This site explains the strategies and tools that companies can use to translate an aspiration for sustainability into practical, effective solutions. Case studies from around the world are provided.

Robotics Business Review

For Everyone

Robotics Business Review features include in-depth editorials, interactive directories, research reports and specialized columns on the robotics topics relevant to the future of international commerce.

Robots: Coming to an office near you (Chicago Tribune)

For Everyone

This article features new developments in the business applications for robotics.

Business Ethics (Santa Clara University)

For Everyone

This site contains articles, cases, and links on corporate governance, organizational ethics, creating an ethical culture, and global business ethics from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. 

How To Be an Ethical, Fair and Lawful Manager of Employees (While Protecting Your Interests) (U.S. Small Business Administration)

For Everyone

Tips and considerations to help navigate ethical, fair and lawful management practices for businesses.

Examples of Social Responsibility Strategies (Houston Chronicle)

For Everyone

Information concerning business ethics and social responsibility.

Corporate Careers That Make a Difference

For Everyone

Corporate Careers That Make a Difference is an indispensable guide to pursuing and building your career in CSR and sustainability. This free 80+ page PDF offers first-hand accounts of the many opportunities open to those interested in using their job to make a positive impact.

MoneyInstructor.com: Career, Work, and Business Lessons

For Everyone

MoneyInstructor.com: Career, Work, and Business Lessons includes lessons on workplace learning skills, and other topics such as starting a business, accounting, business law, diversity, organizational culture, and more.

BSchool: Business Teachers Resource Page

For Educators

BSchool: Business Teachers Resource Page contains lessons on technology, ethics, and other areas related to business marketing and administration.

Keyboarding Skills

For Educators

Keyboarding Skills lesson plans offered by the University of Missouri

Utah Curriculum Resources

For Educators

Business-related lesson plans, intended to help teachers include more practical learning experiences in their classrooms.

Foundation for Teaching Economics—Issues of International Trade

For Educators

Lessons related to global business, meant to promote excellence in economic education by helping teachers of economics become more effective educators.

TED Ed: The time value of money

For Everyone

We’ve all heard the phrase “Time is money.” But what do these two things actually have to do with one another? German Nande explains the math behind interest rates, revealing the equation that will allow you to calculate the future value of your money (if you wisely put it in the bank, that is).

TED Ed: Navigating our global future

For Everyone

As globalization and technological advances bring us hurtling towards a new integrated future, Ian Goldin warns that not all people may benefit equally. But, he says, if we can recognize this danger, we might yet realize the possibility of improved life For Everyone.

TED Ed: Why we have too few women leaders

For Everyone

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.

SCORE

For Potential and Current Business Owners

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.

National Federation of Independent Business

For Potential and Current Business Owners

NFIB is 325,000 small and independent business owners united by one clear mission: to promote and protect your right to own, operate and grow your business.

EverymanBusiness

For Potential and Current Business Owners

Everyman Business offers a wealth of free business advice, training segments, articles and information on online marketing, labor laws, human resources, business software, technology and much more. EverymanBusiness.com helps business professionals save time and money by addressing real-world business questions and presenting practical solutions.

MoneyInstructor.com: Career, Work, and Business Lessons

For Everyone

MoneyInstructor.com: Career, Work, and Business Lessons includes lessons on workplace learning skills, and other topics such as starting a business, accounting, business law, diversity, organizational culture, and more.

Secretary’s Honors Program: Cybersecurity Internship Program

For Higher Education Students

The Cybersecurity Internship Program is designed to give current students an opportunity to work alongside cyber leaders with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Secretary’s Honors Program

For College Graduates

The Secretary’s Honors Program (SHP) is a highly competitive, premier program for exceptional entry-level professionals looking for a career at DHS.

CyberCorps®: Scholarship For Service (SFS)

For Higher Education Students

CyberCorps®: Scholarship For Service (SFS) - Through this program, the National Science Foundation and Department of Homeland Security issue scholarships to students to attend information assurance and cybersecurity degree programs at selected 4-year colleges and universities field in return for service in Federal, State, Local, or Territorial governments upon graduation.

Professional Development for Teachers

For Educators

DHS and the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) offers professional development opportunities for middle and high school teacher that will allow them to bring new projects, technology, and curricula into their classrooms.

Curriculum Resources - Teaching Tools for Educators

For Educators

Curriculum Resources - Teaching Tools for Educators provides a way for teachers to access a variety of available resources to help develop curricula and incorporate cybersecurity into their lesson plans.

StaySafeOnline.org: Teach Online Safety

For Educators

Cyber safety and cyber ethics  lesson plans and classroom materials for grades K-12.

SurfnetKids

For Everyone

Educational Cyber Safety Games for families or students.

PBS.org: NOVA Labs – Cybersecurity Lab

For Middle and High School Students

Take cybersecurity into your own hands. In this Lab, you’ll defend a company that is the target of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks. Your task is to strengthen your cyber defenses and thwart the attackers by completing a series of cybersecurity challenges. You’ll crack passwords, craft code, and defeat malicious hackers.

CyberCIEGE

For High School and Higher Education Students

CyberCIEGE enhances information assurance and cyber security education and training through the use of computer gaming techniques such as those employed in SimCity™. In the CyberCIEGE virtual world, users spend virtual money to operate and defend their networks, and can watch the consequences of their choices, while under attack.

FBI Cyber Surf Island

For Elementary and Middle School Students

FBI Cyber Surf Island, FBI-Safe Online Surfing  Internet Challenge, for grades 3-8.

Carnegie Cyber Academy

For Elementary and Middle School Students

Cadets complete several training missions in Cyberspace that equip them with the skills they need to be good cybercitizens and Cyber Defenders of the Internet.

AT&T Internet Safety Connections Game

For Elementary and Middle School Students

The AT&T Internet Safety Connections Game teaches kids how to protect themselves while using the internet.

U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC)

For Everyone

The U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is a national program focused on identifying and developing cybersecurity talent to meet the country’s critical cybersecurity workforce needs.  USCC develops and conducts competitions and on-site camps that enable eligible participants—including high school, college and post-graduate students—to develop their skills, gain access to advanced training and achieve recognition with scholarships, internships and jobs.

Cyber Foundations STEM Competition

For High School Students

The Cyber Foundations STEM Competition is an entry-level competition focusing on the fundamentals of cyber security and covers three important modules: Networking, Operating Systems, and System Administration.

CyberPatriot: National Youth Cyber Education Program – AFA Cybercamps

For Middle and High School Students

AFA CyberCamps were conceived to supplement CyberPatriot's annual National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which runs from October to March, and to allow educational institutions to engage students in cybersecurity education throughout the year.

CyberPatriot: National Youth Cyber Education Program – National Youth Cyber Defense Competition

For Middle and High School Students

The National Youth Cyber Defense Competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region, and the top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Washington, DC for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money..

CyberPatriot: National Youth Cyber Education Program – Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative

For Elementary School Students

The CyberPatriot Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) is a set of three fun, interactive learning modules aimed at increasing grade K-6 students’ awareness of online safety and cybersecurity principles.

2016 Cyber Security Awareness: “Kids Safe Online Poster Contest”

For Elementary, Middle and High School Students

The goal of the contest is to engage young people in creating posters to encourage other young people to use the Internet safely and securely. Deadline: January 8, 2016

2016 Cyber Security Awareness: “Kids Safe Online Poster Contest”

For Elementary, Middle and High School Students

Announcement of the 2016 Cyber Security Awareness: “Kids Safe Online Poster Contest” by Michael Watson, Chief Information Security Officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Deadline: January 8, 2016

2016 Cyber Security Themed Calendar (Printable)

For Everyone

Printable 2016 Cyber Security Themed Calendar provided by the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center TM , StaySafeOnline.org and NASCIO.

2015 Cyber Security Themed Calendar (Printable)

For Everyone

Printable 2015 Cyber Security Themed Calendar provided by the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center TM , StaySafeOnline.org and NASCIO.

Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015

For Everyone

The Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015 Proclamation.

Cyber Virginia and the VA Cyber Security Commission

For Everyone

A comprehensive resource for cyber security in the Commonwealth of Virginia.