ACM, USACM Statements on Draft Strategic Plan for National Cybersecurity Education Initiative
For Immediate Release
October 5, 2011
The following statement comes from Dr. Robert Schnabel, chair of the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) Education Policy Committee and dean of the School of Informatics at Indiana University.
“ACM and USACM applaud the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) strategic plan for clearly highlighting the need for a stronger cybersecurity workforce and an education pipeline that supports it. We are pleased to see that numerous recommendations in the NICE strategy align with many projects ACM is actively undertaking to improve computing education, and we look forward to seeing the eventual implementation of NICE.
“As NIST continues to revise the plan, we recommend that the initiative include both education and training as fundamental elements of its strategy. While training of professionals once in their jobs is certainly important, ensuring we have an educated computing and cybersecurity workforce –whether through four year institutions or community colleges—is critical to the success of this initiative. Both are necessary for providing our future workforce with the skills and knowledge they will need to successfully manage the complex problems of the innovation economy.
“When strategizing about cybersecurity education, it is important to note the connection to K-12 computer science education. Adequate K-12 computer science education provides the foundation for the larger and stronger workforce required for properly addressing cybersecurity threats, and overcoming the current crisis in K-12 computer science education –including lack of standards and teacher certification in the states—will increase participation in college and university level computer science education and will certainly improve cybersecurity in the future.”
The following statement comes from Dr. Eugene H. Spafford, USACM Chair and Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University.
“Licensing professionals should provide confidence in that person’s ability to successfully contribute to and succeed in the IT workforce. Our assessments, however, have shown that the body of knowledge in cybersecurity is not yet developed enough nor is the profession well-defined to the extent that licensing is warranted. Thus, the NICE strategy should not promote that as a solution.
“USACM also recommends that privacy, security and safety should all be closely linked throughout the NICE strategy itself. It’s important that the public understand the connections among these properties and how they must support each other, as security does not guarantee privacy nor does it promise safety.
“In addition, as cyber infrastructure crosses international borders, the strategy must recognize the need for international collaboration.”
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