Continuing the very successful discussions started at the 2002 CIT about the development of a nationally-recognized curriculum of certifications and associate degrees in the field of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, a consortium of community colleges led by Miami-Dade College is hosting a Cybersecurity Summit to discuss topics of curriculum, internships, and faculty development. A general session will be held to present the consortiumís findings on Cybersecurity and Information Assurance curriculum, to receive feedback on the information provided, and to develop a plan of action for completing the identified tasks. Immediately following the general session, two concurrent information sessions, one for administrators and one for faculty, will be held to present best practices, models, and resources.

Led by Norwalk Community College and Virginia Community College Systemís Institute of Excellence for Information Technology, the administrator session objectives are to develop an understanding of cybersecurity, gain knowledge of academic models to serve as a guide in developing local programs, and implement successful business plan elements. The faculty session focuses on emerging cybersecurity career fields, program design options, available resources, and professional development paths.

The Cybersecurity Summit will begin at 1:00 p.m. in 103C in the Midwest Airlines Center on Saturday, October 18.