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22nd Colloquium

New Approaches to Cybersecurity Education (NACE) Workshop

  • Concluded
  • June 10, 2018
  • 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Pelican I & II

Help define the future of Security & Privacy Education! Your Ideas Are Needed to Answer Important Questions!

  • What do we need to educate the next generation of cybersecurity & privacy specialists?
  • How do we attract and educate a diverse set of students to succeed in a variety of national and private sector positions?
  • What are some good ways to “future-proof” the education we provide?


Here is your chance to help formulate an agenda for cyber security education and workforce development over the next decade or two, and get it in front of policy makers!

We will be convening a 1.5 day workshop on June 9 & 10 in New Orleans, before the 22nd Colloquium. Attendees will have domestic travel and 2 nights lodging expenses reimbursed, along with a small honorarium.

The workshop will be conducted as a set of brain-storming and planning exercises, both in small groups and as a whole. These will be derived from attendee-generated idea papers and some other sources.

A final report on the workshop will be produced later in the year by the steering committee, which will be shared with Federal funding agencies - including NSF and NIST - and concerned parties in industry and academia. We anticipate that workshop attendees and members of the community will help to advocate for key conclusions from the workshop. All attendees will be credited in the final report, and their finalized idea papers included.

How to Apply to Attend

Interested parties should submit an idea piece intended to spark thought and discussion (see below for format and deadline). The steering committee will evaluate these submissions and issue invitations to the people viewed as having the most interesting, provocative, and/or appropriate ideas for the workshop. The submitted idea pieces should address at least one of the general topic areas related to cybersecurity education and workforce development. Example areas of interest include:

  • How do we get more US citizens - and a more diverse population - into cybersecurity in meaningful ways?
  • What kinds of resources and materials for use in education and training are needed, how do we get them developed, and how do we measure their effectiveness?
  • What are proper ways to address the mix of education methods, industry practice, and government needs?
  • What are some good ways to “future-proof” the education we provide?
  • What are the proper levels of education to address?
  • What are the most acute cybersecurity labor supply issues the United States will face in the next 5, 10, 15 and 20 years?
  • To address these labor supply issues, what new approaches to cybersecurity education are most needed and why?

Submitters do not need to be involved in education currently.

Workshop attendees will be expected to read all of the accepted idea papers prior to attending the workshop. Within 30 days of the end of the workshop, attendees will be asked to edit their submissions to reflect any new ideas resulting from the workshop discussions.

Anyone wishing to submit a thought piece for consideration but without attending may do so, but should clearly indicate that on the submission.

Invited attendees will receive coverage of NSF-allowed transportation, lodging, and a small honorarium once the edited idea paper is received.

Formatting and Submission

  • Papers must be submitted via email to no later than 5pm EDT on April 30
  • Idea pieces are limited to no more than 1200 words
  • No more than 2 idea papers can be submitted per person for consideration.
  • Format of submitted papers should be PDF, WORD .docx, Apple Pages, or RTF
  • Submissions should be in a standard 12pt type, with 1.5 line spacing, and no less than 1in margins. Page numbering is recommended.
  • Include a 150-200 word bio sketch of the author.
  • Alternatively, paper submissions may be sent by surface mail to:
    NACE Workshop
    Purdue University
    656 Oval Drive
    West Lafayette, IN 47907-2086

The program committee will decide on invitations by May 8. Questions? Contact

Supported by

This workshop is supported in part by the National Science Foundation award #1027493, CERIAS at Purdue University, and by the CISSE.

Eugene Spafford

Dr. Spafford's current research interests are focused on issues of computer and network security, cybercrime and ethics, technology policy, and social impact of computing. He is the founder and executive director emeritus of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS). This university-wide institute draws on expertise and research across many of the academic disciplines at Purdue.

Spaf (as he is widely known) has received recognition and many honors for his research, including being named as a Fellow of the ACM, the AAAS, the IEEE, the (ISC)2, and as a Distinguished Fellow of the ISSA; he is the only person ever to achieve all five designations. Dr. Spafford has also been honored with all of the most prestigious awards in cyber security: the NIST / NCSC National Computer Systems Security Award in 2000; named to the Cyber Security Hall of Fame in 2013, and as recipient of the Harold F. Tipton Lifetime Achievement Award, also in 2013. He is the 2017 recipient of the IFIP TC-11 Kristian Beckman Award. In 2012, he was named as one of Purdue's first Morrill Award winners for outstanding career achievements.

Among other honors for Professor Spafford are the 2004 ACM SIGCAS Making a Difference Award, a U.S. Air Force medal for "Meritorious Civilian Service" for his work with the USAF Scientific Advisory Board from 1999-2003, the 2005 IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award, the 2006 ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contribution award, and the rarely given ACM President's Award in 2007. In 2009 he received the prestigious CRA Distinguished Service Award, and in 2011 he was presented with a SANS Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been awarded status as an Honorary CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and named as a member of ISSA's Hall of Fame. In 2016, he was awarded Indiana's highest civilian honor, being named as a Sagamore of the Wabash.

Professor Spafford has also been honored for his teaching, including receiving all three of Purdue's highest honors for education: the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in Memory of Charles B. Murphy, made a Fellow of the Purdue Teaching Academy, and listing in Purdue's Book of Great Teachers. In 2001, he was awarded the Founder's Award by the NCISSE, and in 2003, he received the IEEE Computer Society's Taylor L. Booth medal for his accomplishments in infosec education. In 2009 he was awarded UPE's ABACUS award for contributions to excellence in education.

Among many professional activities, Dr. Spafford is immediate past chair of ACM's U.S. Public Policy Council, is a Member-at-Large of the ACM Council, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Computers & Security.

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