WELCOME TO THE NCC STUDENT ALLIANCE (NCCSA)
WHO WE ARE
The NCCSA brings cybersecurity students and chapter advisors together to:
- Develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities
- Participate in local and national cyber competitions
- Interact with the cybersecurity business and industry partners
- Plan academic and career pathways in an exciting, emerging, and lucrative profession
- Have fun, socialize, and network with peers and mentors
Cyber Camp, Summer 2020
The National Cybersecurity Center held seven CyberPatriot Cyber Camps this summer. Six camps were in-person and one camp was virtual. Over 100 students took part in the camps this year!
ABOUT THE NCCSA
Welcome to NCCSA, the new Cyber Education Student Organization that focuses on cybersecurity! This new Student Alliance responds to the urgent demand for trained cybersecurity talent while recognizing the importance of providing students with knowledge, career, and academic pathway information in this exciting and critical field.
NCCSA is a school-based network of student-run chapters that provide learning, competing, leadership and soft-skills development, networking, skill-building, and social opportunities that will help student members prepare for the vast array of career pathways in technology and cybersecurity. This is a great fit for the growing number of schools offering more computer science and cybersecurity courses nationwide
Meet Your Student Alliance Team
Thomas is a retired military veteran who worked in the Signal Corps for the United States Army Communications Electronic Engineering Installation Agency (USACEEIA CONUS) at Raven Rock, Pennsylvania and was stationed various places overseas such as Korea and Germany, as an electronic communications supervisor. While in the army, Thomas helped engineer the installation of communications equipment at various military sites across the United States and wrote the army’s first disaster recovery plan for telephone exchanges.
After retiring from the army, Thomas worked as a Network Analyst for Time Warner Telecom, in Littleton, Colorado. His duties consisted of operating and maintaining a nationwide information system network by using a broad range of technology concepts, tools and applications. He was then promoted to Network Contingency Planning Manager, responsible for ensuring network viability by writing plans and coordinating disaster recovery exercises for Time Warner’s National Operations Center (NOC). While at Time Warner, he earned degrees in Network Security and Information Systems Management.
Thomas resigned from Time Warner Telecom to pursue his dream of teaching. He received his master’s in education for Applied Technology from the College of Saint Rose, in New York. As a teacher at Falcon High School, Thomas taught many classes such as Cybersecurity, Computer Applications, Networking, Technology Literacy, Health and Information Technology, Information Security and Computer Forensics. He started the CyberPatriot Program his first year there. Falcon High School has become one of the top high schools for cybersecurity and was recognized as one of the best schools in Colorado by the Air Forces Association (AFA) during the District 49 award ceremony. For the Cyber Maryland 2018 Competition, Falcon High School was one of the 8 high schools chosen to compete in the national finals held in Baltimore. For CyberPatriot competition, Falcon High School has qualified for the national semifinals each year.
While at Falcon High school, Thomas has won the Boettcher Foundation Teacher Recognition Award, The Falcon Educational Foundation’s Outstanding Teacher Award, The District 49 Teacher of the Year Award, and has been nominated for Colorado Teacher of the Year.
Thomas currently a certified teacher for Career and Technical Education, Instructional Technology, and STEM. He works for the National Cybersecurity Center in Colorado Springs, where he is the Cyber Education Program Manager in charge of the Student Alliance. His duties consist of running cybersecurity summer camps, providing education and certification training for students and adults, organizing cyber events such as capture the flag competitions, training teachers to teach cybersecurity, and forging relationships between businesses and educational institutions.
Thomas Holt Russell
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