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.
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 audit 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 level of experiences can participate making the competition an excellent opportunity to test and practice what they learn in the classroom to 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 opportunity through various forms of STEM education. These activities will foster teamwork, leadership, and communication skills: the soft skills that business and industry seek to develop.
For More Information, Contact:
Kay Ogilvie, Cyber Security Program Coordinator
4 Year Institution Articulation Agreements
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College is pleased to partner with Ace Info Solutions (AceInfo), A Guidehouse Company. AceInfo offers students hands-on learning through year-long paid internships. Students gain technical skills and experience, and a government-granted security clearance. AceInfo has hired 99% of interns at graduation.
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News & Events
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 the exam.
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 2021).
Cybersecurity Awareness Month
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 dogs.
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 University.
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 cultures.
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 Members
Institutional Security Resources & Awareness