Center For Applied Cybersecurity
The Center for Applied Cybersecurity at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
provides the eastern West Virginia region with education, training, and resources to enhance the information
assurance capabilities of area governments, schools, businesses, and individuals. The Center strives to provide the
best-trained cybersecurity technicians and analysts for our region and nation through a comprehensive mix of
theoretical and real-world educational opportunities. Verification of Center for Academic Excellence can be found on
the National Centers of Academic
Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) website.
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Learn more about the Blue Ridge CTC Center for Academic Excellence Programs:
Center for Applied Cyber Security, Point of Contact:
Kay Ogilvie, Cybersecurity Program Coordinator
Cyber Security Competitions
The National Cyber League (NCL) is a performance-based, learning-centered cybersecurity
collegiate competition. It enables students to prepare and test themselves against practical cybersecurity
challenges that they will likely face in the workforce, such as identifying hackers from forensic data, pen testing
and auditing vulnerable websites, recovering from ransomware attacks, and much more!
As part of the competition, students have an opportunity to participate in three games,
in addition to learning and practicing their skills in the Gym. During the Preseason and Individual games, students
work individually on solving various challenges, and during the Team game, they can collaborate and work together
with teammates to solve challenges. Students from all levels of experience can participate making the competition an
excellent opportunity to test and practice what they learn in the classroom in a real-world environment.
While similar to other cyber defense competitions in many aspects, MACCDC, as part of
the National CCDC, is unique in that it focuses on the operational aspects of managing and protecting an existing
network infrastructure. Teams are physically located in the same building. Each team is given physically identical
computer configurations at the start of the competition. Throughout the competition, the teams have to ensure that
the systems supply the specified services while under attack from a volunteer Red Team. In addition, the teams have
to satisfy periodic “injects” that simulate business activities IT staff must deal with in the real world.
The Blue Ridge CTC STEM Club is an organization that provides students with unique,
entertaining, and casual networking opportunities through various forms of STEM education. These activities will
foster teamwork, leadership, and communication skills: the soft skills that business and industry seek to
For More Information, Contact:
Kay Ogilvie, Cyber Security Program Coordinator
4 Year Institution Articulation Agreements
Blue Ridge CTC and Western Governors University (WGU) announce partnership making transferring easy for students.
Western Governors University Articulation Agreement
News & Events
Blue Ridge CTC Hosts Virtual Tech Week
Blue Ridge CTC Students Benefit from TSPi Partnership
Upcoming Guest Speakers & Trainings
“Anything Security+”, Ace Info Solutions
Ace Info Solutions will speak to the Security+ Exam Prep Class on Thursday November 4,
2021. In preparation for their upcoming Security + exam students will ask the panel of employees from Ace Info any
question about the Security + exam. This includes what to expect, study materials and best methods to prepare for
BRCTC has heard the needs of our advisory board members, local and statewide employers
and pipeline requirements to furnish industries with qualified employees. To help fill this need BRCTC is now
offering Bootcamps and Study Groups to assist our students and residents in the tri-state area to successfully train
and pass certification exams. Blue Ridge CTC held bootcamps for CCNA (August 2020) and Security+ (October
Cybersecurity Awareness Month
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and CISA and the National Cyber Security
Alliance (NCSA) will be holding events throughout the month as well as
sharing cybersecurity resources.
Outside Cybersecurity News Resources
After 20 years in the industrial sales field, Kay Ogilvie, Cybersecurity Program
Coordinator, decided to return to school and pursue her passion for Information Technology. Ogilvie earned her
Associate of Arts in Computer Forensics from Kaplan University and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in
Information System Security from Strayer University. Most recently, she earned her CompTIA Security + certification
and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Information Assurance.
After earning her Bachelor’s degree, Ogilvie began working in the financial sector as an
Operational Risk Coordinator. Eighteen months later, she was promoted to Information Security Officer. In 2018,
Ogilvie was ready for her next career change and entered the educational field with employment as a Career Services
Advisor for a small college in West Virginia. Ogilvie worked with cybersecurity and business administration students
to provide coaching regarding certifications and employment opportunities.
In January 2020, Ogilvie joined Blue Ridge Community and Technical College as the
Cybersecurity Program Coordinator.
Ogilvie recently celebrated her 21st wedding anniversary with her blended family. She
has one daughter, two step daughters, a step son – all who have provided 13 grandchildren and seven grand
Tatyana Zidarov, Assistant Professor, is originally from Bulgaria. With a passion for
learning, Zidarov finished her Master’s in International Business and Economics immediately after high school. Upon
locating to the United States, Zidarov completed another Master’s program in Information Technology with an
Information Security focus.
Zidarov has worked in various roles in higher education. She started as a programming
instructor with Kaplan University. While working with Kaplan, she was promoted several times and held positions as
the Computer Forensics Program Director, Information and Graphic Designs Program Director, and the Chair for the
School of Business and Information Technology. Zidarov served on multiple projects at Kaplan, including training
staff on various technologies and working on hacking for a charity project involving building a web-based tech
support database for small businesses.
In addition to teaching and managing multiple programs, she has performed consulting and
specialized training for various organizations including the Veterans Affairs, Department of Health and Human
Services, and other small businesses and non-profit organizations. Zidarov also developed instructor resources and
was the technical editor for several cybersecurity textbooks.
After 12 years with Kaplan University, Zidarov decided to move into a 9-month
cybersecurity Instructor position at Hagerstown Community College. Within this position, she was assigned to the
Department of Labor cybersecurity grant and led students in several cyber security competitions. Before joining Blue
Ridge Community and Technical College in 2018, Zidarov was also an Information Systems instructor with Penn State
Zidarov has years of experience in the classroom and also holds certifications which
include Security+, CCE, CEH. In her free time, she is a glass artist and works with kin formed glass. Zidarov enjoys
traveling home each summer to visit family in Bulgaria and exploring new places to learn about other
The Center for Cybersecurity Advisory Board is made up of regional employers and
institutions to ensure the Cybersecurity programs are meeting the needs for employment in the region.
Advisory Board Meeting Agenda – October 7, 2021
Advisory Board Members
West Virginia Cybersecurity Workforce Development Group
The West Virginia Cybersecurity Workforce Development Group is a statewide stakeholder
consortium comprising a broad cross-section of individuals from the cyber industry, technology, education,
government, non-profits, etc. Key groups involved are:
- WV High Tech Consortium
- W.Va. Development Office
- W.Va. Office of Technology
- W.Va. National Guard
The working group serves as a unique nexus for information-sharing, collaboration and
strategic planning regarding cyber education/training, workforce development and employment linkages. The
group also has developed an education matrix that highlights the many levels of learning and training that are
available for individuals interested in this fast-growing field. Finally, the group prepared and published a
strategic report in early 2019, and the participants continue to advance many of those recommendations. More
information on the work of the group over the past several years is on the attached overview sheet.
The working group is pleased that Blue Ridge Community & Technical College is a
long-standing and active partner, particularly as a connector to the cyber and tech community in the state’s Eastern
Institutional Security Resources & Awareness
CTC Information Security
IT Services Acceptable Use Policy
Ridge CTC Proscribed Conduct: Item #7
of Labor’s Guide on Handling and Protection of Personally Identifiable Information