In early 2018 the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) endorsed their first curricular volume for Cybersecurity designed for four-year institutions referred to as CSEC2017. The ACM Committee for Computing Education in Community Colleges (CCECC) has now formed a task force to create a similar cybersecurity curriculum guidance for two-year programs. The content of these guidelines, known as CSEC2Y, will be based on CSEC2017, and will consider inputs including the CAE-CD 2Y 2019 knowledge units (requirements of the NSA and DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense), the NICE cybersecurity workforce framework, and other relevant sources.

CSEC2Y Project Status

The task force of 10 community college educators has been meeting via conference calls since April 2018, with one in-person meeting at 3CS (Community College Cyber Summit) in Portland in August 2018. The group closely reviewed the CSEC2017 knowledge units and identified which ones are appropriate at the 2-year level. Furthermore, learning outcomes were crafted for the included knowledge units.

A first draft of the guidance, called StrawDog, was released and open for public review and comment from February 25 - April 17, 2019. You can view the presentation at a special session at SIGCSE2019 on Feb 28.

The task force reviewed the feedback on StrawDog and updated the guidelines to produce IronDog, released July 5, 2019, and open for comment until August 15, 2019. IronDog includes a collection of competencies for each knowledge area, as well as a mapping to NICE categories.

IronDog Draft
IronDog Feedback Survey

Last update: 5 July 2019

Task Group Members

  • Cara Tang, Portland Community College, Portland, OR
  • Cindy Tucker, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Lexington, KY
  • Christian Servin, El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX
  • Markus Geissler, Cosumnes River College, Sacramento, CA
  • Melissa Stange, Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown, VA
  • Nancy Jones, Coastline Community College, Garden Grove, CA
  • James Kolasa, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Lexington, KY
  • Amelia Phillips, Highline College, Des Moines, WA
  • Lambros Piskopos, Wilbur Wright College, Chicago, IL
  • Pam Schmelz, Ivy Tech Community College, Columbus, IN