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The George Washington University
“Developing Course Roadmaps to Link the ACM CSEC2017 Curricular Guidance to the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.”

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Topics and Subtopics include:

Roadmap concepts incorporated from the ACM CSEC2017 Curricular Guidance are as follows:

Core ideas, structured to include multiple thematic units of study, topics or basic content, and learning objectives, specifically in information security, software security, system security, human/personal security, organizational security, and societal security.

Crosscutting concepts to help students explore connections across the core ideas, specifically in adversarial thinking, risk, confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

Disciplinary lens, representing the underlying computing-based discipline that forms the foundation of the cybersecurity program, specifically in computer science, computer engineering, information systems, information technology, software engineering, and a category for mixed disciplinary majors established as “informatics” or “computational” programs.

And application of the cross cutting concepts and/or the level of depth taught depending upon the disciplinary lens, specifically using application areas to provide a bridge between the curricular content and a specific workforce framework.

NCWF Categories included:

Oversee and Govern (OV)

NCWF Specialty Areas included:

Legal Advice and Advocacy (LG)

Training, Education, and Awareness

Strategic Planning and Policy

Executive Cyber Leadership

Acquisition and Program/Project Management

NCWF KSAs included:

K0004: Knowledge of cybersecurity and privacy principles.


Roadmaps for six speciality areas listed above, linking the ACM CSEC2017 Curriculum Guidance to the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. Each roadmap will contain emphasis on a rationale for knowledge and its importance for specific work roles, identification and description of relevant courses and course modules, outlining of strategies for obtaining the knowledge when specific courses are not available or accessible within the institution, and highlighting challenges (and associated strategies to overcome them) to following the suggested course of study.

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