Standards Challenges and Cybersecurity: Implications for Distributed Systems (Business Infrastructure, Cloud Computing, Smart Grid/Smart Cities) and User Privacy
Nov 20 - 21, 2014 ( Pittsburgh, PA )
US industry is facing new opportunities and new threats that challenge technology operations and strategic, technology and innovation decisions including, particularly, concerns for safety and security. The increased prominence of the internet, exemplified by the emergence of smart grid/smart cities and cloud computing requires increased attention to the underlying role of standards and how emerging systems interoperate. Companies, operation managers, and strategic and cyber security professionals need to appreciate the competitive implications of how standards develop domestically and internationally and the value of participation in the standardization process. Enhanced standards education is called for including new courses and greater attention to standards and standardization in a range of current business and engineering courses. But this may be challenging to faculty. Accordingly the workshop will focus on issues as well as pedagogy to support teaching and includes a sample exercise and breakout discussion on teaching implications.
The program looks at standardization in cyber security and emerging technologies and applications to complex "systems of systems". Action-oriented, it includes presentations by both industry and academic experts on the contextual areas and potential teaching models.
The workshop, with active industry involvement throughout, has two interrelated components:
--Day 1 includes an overview leading into presentations by industry stakeholders with standards experts adding commentary and perspective; and,
--Day 2 (half-day) targets workforce education and training, related curricula and pedagogy and offers an experiential standards negotiation exercise (with content modified to fit targeted domain concerns) to enhance workshop participant' appreciation of subtle issues and suggest potential class approaches.
Both days feature breakouts with day one stressing discussion of industry challenges, requirements and implications for teaching and day two delving deeper into pedagogy and curricula/course challenges and approaches.
This workshop is being hosted by the University of Pittsburgh and supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Intended Workshop Outcomes
- --Identification of standardization issues within the identified domains;
- --Actions by participants to more fully incorporate standards and standardization issues in their courses and training. This will be supported by dissemination of materials and discussion of adaptation for varying course settings;
- --Movement, advanced through breakout discussion, toward an ongoing industry-university support community.