USACM Submits Comments to NIST on U.S. Participation in International Cybersecurity Standardization

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy
September 25, 2015

The ACM U.S. Public Policy Council, in collaboration with four other ACM entities, submitted comments to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on a draft interagency report advocating U.S. participation in international cybersecurity standardization. Because the cybersecurity infrastructure crosses international borders, cybersecurity policy must recognize and promote international cooperative action to build a more secure and trustworthy global digital ecosystem.

The comments support cooperative international action, cybersecurity standards that minimize privacy risks, increased security and privacy research, a multistakeholder approach to the development of standards, and the inclusion of education and training as fundamental elements to achieve overall cybersecurity policy objectives. The breadth of community to be included in future processes is important. Fostering and leveraging cooperation among government, businesses, academic institutions, professional societies, consumer groups, and other stakeholders is vital to achieving cybersecurity and resiliency of our infrastructures, continued innovation, and an educated computing and cybersecurity workforce.

ACM advances cybersecurity through its international activities, special interest groups, conferences, publications, digital library collections, policy statements, and curriculum recommendations.

The comments to NIST were developed by the ACM U.S. Public Policy Council with input from the ACM Education Policy Committee, the ACM Education Board, the ACM Education Council, and the ACM Task Force on Cybersecurity Education.

Related Resources: ACM Curriculum Recommendations

ACM’s curriculum recommendations address all areas of computing, including computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, information technology, information systems, and cybersecurity. The curriculum recommendations are used to assist in the accreditation of university programs worldwide. Cyber and computer security knowledge areas are included in each of the guidelines. The international curricular guidelines for undergraduate programs in computer science jointly published by ACM and IEEE-CS, the Computer Science 2013: Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Programs in Computer Science (CS2013), are now available in Chinese.