The ACM has created a Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education, bringing together representatives from IFIP TC11 (WG11.8) with the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS), the Association for Information System’s Special Interest Group on Information Security (AIS SIGSAC) and the Cyber Education project (CEP).

The task force arose out of the foundational efforts of the CEP and plans to develop comprehensive curricular guidance in cybersecurity education to support future program development and associated educational efforts.

The target date for publishing the initial public draft is December 2016 with the intention of completing the final guidelines in June 2017, and, after review, to publish them in December 2017.

The Joint Task Force is currently soliciting ideas and thoughts from the international community about what the guidelines should contain and how they should be organized. A questionnaire is being circulated amongst IFIP WG11.8 members, with other IFIP members also welcome to participate.

The project and associated events are outlined at:

If you would like to complete the questionnaire or are interested in providing your thoughts and experiences to help the task force develop guidelines that will be useful to the international community, please contact the Co-chairs of the ACM JTF on Cybersecurity Education:

  • Prof. Matt Bishop, Dept. of Computer Science, University of California at Davis, USA (; and
  • Prof. Diana Burley, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University, USA Diana Burley (; or email
  • IFIP WG 11.8 Chair, Prof. Lynn Futcher, Department of Information Technology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa at (