ACM Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education Grabs Spotlight at U.S. Congressional Hearing

By Renee Dopplick, ACM Director of Public Policy

The ACM Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education seized the spotlight during a congressional hearing on “Strengthening U.S. Cybersecurity Capabilities” on Capitol Hill on February 14, 2017. The hearing before the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology aimed to review and discuss cybersecurity policy recommendations provided by recent reports. Among the reports was the Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity Final Report, which referenced the efforts of the ACM Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education to develop global curricular guidance for cybersecurity.

In her testimony, George Washington University Professor Diana Burley, the Joint Task Force Co-Chair, strongly urged the federal government to leverage the efforts of the ACM Joint Task Force for several reasons. Among the key reasons she provided:

  • The CSEC2017 is being developed by global subject matter experts across academia, government, and industry. The professional societies leading this effort have nearly 50 years of experience developing curricular guidance.
  • The model is grounded in both the interdisciplinary nature of cybersecurity and the inherently technical foundation of the field.
  • The CSEC2017 model organizes curricular content, facilitates the alignment between curricular content and workforce frameworks, and forms the foundation of emerging accreditation standards.

ACM Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education

The ACM Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education is a collaboration among major international computing societies: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), IEEE Computer Society (IEEE CS), Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Security (AIS SIGSEC), and International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee on Information Security Education (IFIP WG 11.8). The Joint Task Force grew out of the foundational efforts of the Cyber Education Project (CEP).