With an estimated gap of 3.5 million workers by the year 2021, global cybersecurity workforce needs are acute, broad and growing. To address this need, workforce developers must leverage scalable initiatives that can accelerate workforce development. Cybersecurity Curricula 2017, the first set of global cybersecurity curricular guidelines, is one such initiative. Developed with the assistance of more than 325 contributors across 35 countries, these recommendations are based on a comprehensive view of the cybersecurity field and specific disciplinary demands. In addition, they provide a structure for linking cybersecurity curricula to workforce frameworks. Diana Burley, co-chair of the task force that developed these guidelines will discuss the recommendations and how they can accelerate cybersecurity workforce development.


Diana L. Burley, Ph.D. is Executive Director and Chair of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P); Associate Dean for Research and External Relations (Interim) and Full Professor of Human & Organizational Learning at The George Washington University (GW) Graduate School of Education and Human Development. She is a widely sought after cybersecurity thought leader, educator, researcher and strategist. Prior to GW, she managed a multi-million dollar computer science education and research portfolio for the US National Science Foundation. She has written more than 80 publications on cybersecurity, information sharing, and IT-enabled change; testified before the US Congress; conducted international cybersecurity awareness training on behalf of the US State Department; and advised global corporations on cybersecurity strategy. Dr. Burley is a member of the US National Academies Board on Human-Systems Integration and she recently co-chaired the effort to develop the first set of global cybersecurity curricular guidelines on behalf of the ACM and published in 2018. Her honors include: 2017 SC Magazine 8 Women in IT Security to Watch and 2017 SC Magazine ReBoot Award, Educational Leadership in IT Security; 2016 Woman of Influence by the Executive Women's Forum in Information Security, Risk Management and Privacy; 2014 Cybersecurity Educator of the Year; and a 2014 Top Ten Influencer in information security careers. She is the sole recipient of both educator and government leader of the year from the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education and has been honored by the US Federal CIO Council for her work in developing the federal cybersecurity workforce. She holds a BA in Economics from the Catholic University of America; M.S., Public Management and Policy, M.S., Organization Science, and Ph.D., Organization Science and Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University where she studied as a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow.