Co-Chairs: Sue Fitzgerald, Metropolitan State University, ACM Education Council, Sue.Fitzgerald@metrostate.edu and Diana Burley, George Washington University, dburley@gwu.edu

The goal of the Stakeholder Committee (SC) is to define the stakeholders/constituencies associated with Cyber Sciences and to identify paths to disseminating the end result of the project. Implementing this goal involves implementing three fundamental objectives:

  1. Identify potential partners, stakeholders, and constituencies.
  2. Assess the level of success in assembling a fully representative and cohesive cyber sciences community.
  3. Determine and enlist an appropriate organization to serve as an umbrella organization for the cyber sciences effort.

These goals are briefly discussed below.

Goal #1: Partners and Stakeholders

Part of defining partners and stakeholders is getting people on the committee that reflect appropriate partners and stakeholders. Hopefully, this will happen as the committee is recruited, but there may be a need to proactively seek out certain groups to make sure we have inclusive participation. In seeking out partners and stakeholders, we anticipate looking among the following:

  • Professional societies, including the ACM, IEEE, IEEE-CS and CSAB/ABET. Additionally, there may be SIGs in these organizations that have relevance and interest, and this needs to be determined.
  • Government agencies, including NSF, NIST, NSA, DOD, DHS and others TBD.
  • Academic institutions with interests in cyber sciences areas including research-oriented universities, teaching-oriented universities, the military academies, and community colleges
  • Industry with interests in the cyber sciences.
  • Conferences, such as ACM/SIGCSE, ACM/SIGITE, NICE and CISSE, as well as others.

Goal #2: Assess the Results

In order to declare this effort successful, a complete and representative community needs to be assembled as part of Goal #1. This will need continual assessment, with appropriate documentation to demonstrate the level of success of the effort. This assessment and reporting is extremely important to the success of the project, and the evidence provided from that process will be important to the eventual completion of Goal #3.

Goal #3: Appropriate Governing Body

At some point, this project needs to be put under the jurisdiction of a "permanent" organization. Ideally, this needs to be some kind of professional society that can represent the needs of a diverse set of stakeholders from industry, government and academia. Once all stakeholders are at the table, the committee needs to determine where this effort should be housed, and transfer control of the project to that entity. It may be that a new organization needs to be developed, but it is more likely ACM, IEEE or IEEE-CS would be most appropriate, and is similar to the way that the IT community evolved.