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22nd Colloquium

Joint Task Force (JTF) on Cybersecurity Education Overview of CSEC 2017

  • Concluded
  • June 11, 2018
  • 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Pelican II

This session will provide an overview of the CSEC2017 curricular guidelines (finalized in December 2017) and engage session participants in a discussion of the curricular framework and body of knowledge. It will conclude with an interactive panel discussion on implementing the curricular guidance.

Joint Task Force (JTF)

The Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education (JTF) was chartered by the ACM Education Board in September 2015 to develop comprehensive, post-secondary curricular guidance in cybersecurity education to support future program development and associated educational efforts. The JTF is a collaboration among major international computing societies: the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS), the Association for Information Systems Special Interest Group on Security (AIS SIGSEC), and the International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee on Information Security Education (IFIP WG 11.8). The JTF grew out of the foundational efforts of the Cyber Education Project (CEP) and its members continue to collaborate with the JTF

Recent reports have pointed to the need for developing curricular guidelines for cybersecurity education. Currently the 2013 ACM Curricular Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Computer Science (CS2013) treats information assurance and security (IAS) as a specific knowledge area as well as an area that spans other knowledge areas. Appearing for the first time in ACM computer science curricular guidance, the IAS knowledge area explores aspects of information assurance and security in depth; in other knowledge areas, the information assurance and security material may be tied to a particular knowledge unit. The CSEC2017 curricular guidance structures the cybersecurity discipline and provides guidance to institutions seeking to develop or modify a broad range of programs, concentrations.


Daniel Ragsdale

Daniel Ragsdale is Director of Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center (TAMC2) and a Professor of Practice in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. In his Directors role, Dr. Ragsdale is responsible to coordinate and facilitate cybersecurity research and educational activities across the 11 Universities and seven state agencies that comprise the Texas A&M University System. As a former Army Colonel he provided leadership, over the course of a 30-year career, in a wide array of educational, research and development, and operational organizations.

During his Army service, Dr. Ragsdale served in a variety of teaching and research roles, culminating with his service as Vice Dean for Education, the Principal Deputy to West Point's Chief Academic Officer. After his Army retirement, Dr. Ragsdale served as a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) where he led a broad portfolio of research programs that addressed research topics ranging from cybersecurity to psychology to education.

The focus of Dr. Ragsdales current research is on cybersecurity education and cybersecurity of cyber-physical systems. He has co-authored nearly 50 technical papers that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and major conference proceedings.

He is a recipient of the Colloquium for Information System Security Education (CISSE) Founder's Medal, the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Outstanding Service Award, the Federal Information Systems Security Education Association Educator of the Year Award, and the US Military Academy Apgar Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Matthew Bishop

Matt Bishop received his Ph.D. in computer science from Purdue University, where he specialized in computer security, in 1984. He is on the faculty at the Department of Computer Science at the University of California at Davis, California, USA. His main research area is the analysis of vulnerabilities in computer systems, including modeling them, building tools to detect vulnerabilities, and ameliorating or eliminating them. Currently, he has research projects involving data sanitization, modeling election processes, and examining metrics for evaluating network attack detection mechanisms; he is also looking at the "insider" problem. He has been active in the area of UNIX security since 1979, and has presented tutorials at SANS, USENIX, and other conferences. He also has done work on electronic voting, and was one of the two principle investigators of the California Top-to-Bottom Review, which performed a technical review of all electronic voting systems certified for use in the State of California, USA. His textbook, Computer Security: Art and Science, was published in December 2002 by Addison-Wesley Professional. He also teaches software engineering, machine architecture, operating systems, programming, and (of course) computer security.

Diana Burley

Diana L. Burley, Ph.D. is executive director and chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) and full professor of human & organizational learning at The George Washington University. She is a globally recognized cybersecurity expert who, in 2014, was named the cybersecurity educator of the year by the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (CISSE) and as one of the top ten influencers in information security careers by Careers Info Security magazine. In 2013, she served as co-Chair of the US National Research Council Committee on Professionalizing the Nations Cybersecurity Workforce and she currently co-chairs the ACM Joint Task Force on Security Education. Dr. Burley has written more than 60 publications on cybersecurity, information sharing, and IT-enabled change - including her 2014 co-authored book "Enterprise Software Security: A Confluence of Disciplines." Prior to GW, she served as a program director at The National Science Foundation where she managed a multi-million dollar computer science education and research portfolio and led the CyberCorps program. Based on her work at NSF, she was honored by the Federal CIO Council and CISSE for outstanding efforts toward the development of the federal cyber security workforce. She served four years as research co-pi of the National CyberWatch Center and two appointments on the Cyber Security Advisory Committee of the Virginia General Assembly Joint Commission on Technology & Science (2012, 2013). Dr. Burleys board service includes: AlphaTech Group, George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering Department of IS&T, Goodwill Industries International, Norfolk State University IA-REDI, and Open Mind. She holds a BA in Economics from the Catholic University of America; an M.S. in Public Management and Policy, an M.S.

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The Colloquium recognizes that the protection of information and infrastructures that are used to create, store, process, and communicate information is vital to business continuity and security. The Colloquium's goal is to work together to define current and emerging requirements for information assurance education and to influence and encourage the development and expansion of information assurance curricula, especially at the graduate and undergraduate levels.


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