On September 4, 2014, the National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) hosted a webinar on “The Current State of Cybersecurity Education in the US and Around the World.”
In the August 2014 edition of IEEE’s Computer magazine, Dr. Ernest McDuffie from NIST and Dr. Victor Piotrowski from NSF authored an article entitled, “The Future of Cybersecurity Education.” The closing sentence of the article states that, “… cybersecurity is the underlying enabler of the STEM disciplines … upon which depends the future economic growth of the entire world.” The webinar informs us why one of the authors-Dr. McDuffie- believes this to be true.
The webinar was presented by Dr. Ernest McDuffie who is the Lead for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). In early 2010 the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was selected as the lead agency for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and identified Dr. McDuffie to be the Lead for this effort. In his previous position he had been appointed the Associate Director of the National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) in February 2008. From early September 2009 until early November 2009 he served as Acting Director of the NCO.
Prior to joining the NCO, Dr. McDuffie served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) – Science and Technology for America’s Readiness (N-STAR) Initiative. He served as the Lead Program Director for the Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. McDuffie received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.
Dr. McDuffie is also a member of NCI’s advisory board and is a contributing author in NCI’s first book “Protecting our Future: Educating a Cybersecurity Workforce”.