Chapters should select student leaders and develop an activity plan as soon as possible upon launching NCCSA. Students within and across chapters can work together to plan Fall or Spring conferences, participation in competitive events, industry-sponsored programs, networking events, field trips, guest speakers, fundraisers, skill-building challenges, social events, or any related activity that serves the interest of the members.
CyberPatriot is one of the potential competitive arms of this Student Cyber Organization for those students that choose to compete, and there are many other competition opportunities that chapters can join. This is a great fit for any school that either has a CyberPatriot team and/or has students and an administration that recognizes this critical and exciting career path. Many schools are choosing to have evening chapter meetings so that they can more easily tap into the expertise and interest of cyber professionals and parents that understand this important learning opportunity for students and will step in as coaches and mentors.
Data will be collected on NCCSA chapter locations and membership counts so that we can track participation. With the anticipated momentum, it will not be long before we can apply as a nationally recognized CTSO which requires that we need to show that there are chapters in multiple states and a great amount of participation from students. Chapters must utilize the name NCCSA and the logo for consistency. Good luck to all chapters—we are confident that student members will enjoy participating in this new cybersecurity student organization!