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New Guidelines for Cybersecurity Curricula

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS)have announced the publication of Curriculum Guidelines for Post-Secondary Degree Programs in Cybersecurity (CSEC2017 v1.0)

CSEC2017 v1.0 was developed through the leadership of the Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education and the contributions of educators, industry professionals, and government representatives from around the globe. It includes four components:

  1. an overview of the cybersecurity discipline to frame the curricular model,
  2. a presentation of the curricular framework and outline of the recommended curricular content,
  3. a highlight of industry perspectives on cybersecurity, and
  4.  a discussion of issues related to the educational practice, suggestion for a process to develop roadmaps that link the curricular model to workforce frameworks, and references that highlight how global institutions could implement the curricular guidelines.

Building upon prior work in cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development, the curricular guidelines use the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework and the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity requirements, among others, as resources. 

Read the full press release from ACM here or learn more about the Cybersecurity Curriculum 2017 efforts at

Released February 22, 2018, Updated February 23, 2018