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Midwest Regional Cyber Defense Competition Community

CSSIA Featured in iStream (League for Innovation) Project Highlight 

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CSSIA's Research Laboratory Access Portal

NCL and CCDC Competitions are Powered by the CSSIA's own Architected Virtualization Data Center Stadium

National Cyber League

High School Network Competition

National Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA)
 Who is CSSIA? The Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (About CSSIA) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) National Resource Center. Since 2003, CSSIA has provided students with real-world learning experiences in information assurance and network security through several program improvement supportive initiatives.

CSSIA National Resource Center Goals - Innovation in Cyber Security Education:

CSSIA Premier Sponsorship Packet

CSSIA is offering a Premier Sponsorship Package to give businesses a competitive advantage to recruit from the next generation of cybersecurity specialists while supporting academia’s efforts in preparing students for the workforce.

To view this packet, please click here.

Erich J. Spengler Midwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC)

March 27th & 28th, 2015
Moraine Valley Community College
Palos Hills, IL

To learn more, go to



2015 Midwest Cisco Networking Academy and Partners Conference

 June 30th - July 2nd, 2015 

Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL

Educators are invited to learn about a variety of technological details and discover the skills/tools needed to teach their students and implement new classes!  The 2nd annual Midwest Cisco Networking Academy and Partners Conference will be held at  Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL on June 30th – July 2nd, 2015.

Stay tuned… more information is to come!


State of Illinois USCC Cyber Camp

Cyber Quests April 2015 is the qualifying competition for the State of Illinois USCC Cyber Camp. 

Cyber Quests is an on-line competition that tests students' abilities to identify vulnerabilities in a virtual network and answer questions related to their findings. 

REGISTRATION opens:  MARCH 25th - APRIL 22nd.

COMPETITION will be held:  APRIL 8th - APRIL 23rd.

Click here to register for Cyber Quests.

Click here to learn more about State of Illinois USCC Cyber Camp.

CSSIA Commitment to Assisting Underrepresented Population

CSSIA is committed to assisting high schools, higher education institutions, and other organizations increase the number of women and other underrepresented populations entering cyber security careers. CSSIA's commitment of its vast resources, including an outreach toolkit, faculty training, state-of-the-art virtual learning environments, real-world learning experiences such as cyber competitions and subject matter knowledge and support, will help educators fulfill the increased student and industry demands for effective cyber security curricula.

Outreach Flyer

Outreach toolkit  

Science Nation Video - Cybersecurity Program Trains 21st Century Workforce


 The Science Nation video, "Community College Cybersecurity Program Trains 21st Century Workforce", features the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA) at Moraine Valley Community College

CSSIA is a National Leader in Training Cyber Security Educators

Since 2004, CSSIA has instructed more than 4,000 teachers and college faculty in cyber security related areas. Surveys show that 73% are already using or plan to use curricula and instructional materials provided at the professional development programs. Hands-on complex laboratory exercises was the most valuable aspect of the learning experience.

Interested in CSSIA coordinating training for your faculty?  Contact Lynn Dohm at and she will help you organize a meaning full experience for your faculty. In some cases, CSSIA can even subsidize the faculty development costs. Other outcomes include the opportunity to earn graduate credit from the University of Illinois as part of the train-the-trainer faculty development process.  In many cases these credits have led to the completion of accredited MS in CS degrees.  The most requested faculty courses include Ethical Hacking, CISSP, VMware ICM, EMC ISM, Cybersecurity, CCNA Security, Forensics and more.

CSSIA Learning Content and the Virtualization Datacenter (CVDC)

The staff at CSSIA has become leaders in the area of classroom virtualization. Since 2010, the CCDC competitions have thrived with the successful deployment of the CSSIA Virtualization Data Center. The CVDC enables us to expand the number of participants in the competition while at the same time reducing costs and increasing the ability to replicate these complex competition learning environments. The establishment of a standardized data center and content delivery system has enabled cyber security educators to develop multiple curriculums that can easily be deployed and shared by institutions interested in teaching cyber security, IA related and many more programs. The CSSIA virtual environment approach currently supports a variety of learning content and plans to develop additional courses. Current Status:


  • CNSS 4011 / Security Awareness
  • Cisco ITE
  • Cisco Network Academy CCNA Security
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Digital Forensics
  • EMC Academic Alliance iCloud
  • EMC Academic Alliance Information Storage Management (ISM)
  • Ethical Hacking
  • VMware Horizon View
  • VMware IT Academy vSphere v5.x Install Configure Manage (ICM)

Coming Soon

  • Advanced Forensics (Summer)
  • Mobile Device Forensics (Fall)
  • Geospatial Technology (Fall)

As a faculty member, if you would like something out, send us a request!

CSSIA Supports Institutions Seeking the CAE2Y CNSS NSA Program

The CSSIA at Moraine Valley Comunity College applied for and was designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as one of the first five Centers of Academic Excellence in 2 Year Cyber Security & Information Assurance education (CAE2Y) institutions in the country. The staff at CSSIA serve as mentor resources for other institutions pursuing the CAE2Y. In most cases grant resources are available for community college to assist in the cost of this designation effort.

CSSIA Collaboration

Contact info:  CSSIA Main Office M-F 8-3pm CST (708) 974-5725.

9000 West College Parkway, Palos Hills, Illinois 60465

CSSIA Awards

CSSIA Partnerships

The University of Illinois at Springfield Computer Science Department is offering Graduate Credit for College Teachers participating in the CSSIA Train the Trainer Classes.

Click here for details.

 National Information, Security, and Geospatial Technology Consortium (NISGTC)

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CSSIA Partners with the NDG for Cybersecurity Lab Content Distribution and Virtualization Deployment.

Other CSSIA Partnerships

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