CAAC Charter | Webster University

CAAC Charter

To review, assess, support, and provide guidance on the Cybersecurity Programs at Webster University. The CAAC members will advise the university regarding the substance of the curriculum, effectiveness as applied to the discipline of cybersecurity, industry trends, and other related aspects of the program for the purpose of continuous improvement and responsiveness to the needs of industry and government. The council members will also support an ecosystem whereby a pipeline for students to intern with regional organizations along with supporting opportunities for students to engage in research projects with cybersecurity experts, practitioners, and teams from industry/government IT organizations.

     1. Types of Representatives: Members are solicited from small, medium, and large IT organizations representing the 16 national critical infrastructures and business types, combined with their ability to meet the purposes of the advisory council.
     2. Member Conflict: Members/Nominees MAY NOT be a member of Webster University's Board of Trustees.
     3. Membership: The membership body will be comprised of a minimum of five and a maximum of eight member organizations.
     4. Service Tenure: Membership tenure is three years, with a one-time renewal allowed. No member may serve for more than a total of six years. (Note; The initial cohort has half of the members on a two year membership to ensure continuity as members rotate off the CAAC)
     5. Task forces/subcommittees: If the members determine there is a need to address a specific aspect of Cybersecurity, special task forces or subcommittees may be established with the approval and oversight of a majority of the CAAC members. The special task force or subcommittee must articulate the purpose/goals of the task force, a clear and finite timeline with measurable outcomes, membership on the task force, and reporting structure.

     1. Attendance at CAAC meetings (general meetings will occur every four months).
     2. Serve as an advocate for the university Cybersecurity programs.
     3. Provide support to the Cybersecurity program students through mentoring, internships, competitions, and other related activities to enhance the student's Cybersecurity education and prepare them for careers in the discipline.
     4. Provide advice and council regarding trends & market responses to academic initiatives.
     5. Development of external partnerships and creation of avenues for collaboration and networking in the community for students and college representatives.
     6. Provide expertise and connections within individual CAAC member's professional field.
     7. Assist in the selection, support, and sponsorships of academic symposiums and college guest speakers, and attend events.

     1. Advanced Notice of all CAAC meetings
          a. Host, plan, and serve as the facilitator of meetings.
          b. Meetings should include:
               • Updates on college/school enrollment
               • Academic presentations
               • Philanthropy activities & results for the college
               • Updates on any significant alumni accomplishments.
     2. Provide communications to CAAC whenever needed:
          a. Follow-up meetings on special initiatives/task forces/subcommittees
          b. Time sensitive information re: college activities, events, special news of accomplishments, etc.
          c. Provide an avenue of social interaction, networking, and collaboration. between the college and members to create a tighter sense of community
     3. Review the Goals of the CAAC & cybersecurity academic program at the beginning of each academic year.