Academia is Partnering to Improve Cybersecurity Education

CEP.jpgThe 2015 International Security Education Workshop drew attendees from academia, industry, and government from 4 continents to collaborate on improving worldwide cybersecurity education and promoting programs at colleges and universities. 

The group, organized by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Georgia Institute of Technology and Intel Corporation, have awarded educators with micro-grants, setup workshops, and provides assistance to educators seeking sustainable cybersecurity teaching models.

With the rise in demand for cybersecurity professionals and the lack of talent available in the workforce, the industry is heavily dependent on academia to fill the human resource needs.  Some estimates show a shortfall of 1.5 million positions. 

The International Security Education Workshop is working to increase student competency in cybersecurity, course content adoption, and answer the question of what curriculum should define a cybersecurity degree.

A number of best practices are emerging, to empower educators to successfully teach cybersecurity.  It is a rapidly changing domain, where skills and knowledge can become stale quickly.  The sheer breadth and depth is enormous.  This has led to a highly diverse and inconsistent student experience and resulting skills for graduates.  Some of these challenges are being addressed with the anticipated establishment of a “cyber sciences” degree to standardize terms and curriculum.

One of the Cyber Education Project (CEP) goals is to present a draft of undergraduate program criteria for disciplines within the cyber sciences umbrella to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) by midyear 2017. ABET is the primary accrediting body for computer engineering, computer science, information technology, and information security degree programs in higher education. 

The long term solution can only be achieved through the partnership of academic organizations to build cohesive structures to improve cybersecurity education. 

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Matthew Rosenquist is a Cybersecurity Strategist for Intel Corp and benefits from 20+ years in the field of security. He specializes in strategy, measuring value, and developing cost effective capabilities and organizations which deliver optimal levels of security. Matthew helped with the formation of the Intel Security Group, an industry leading organization bringing together security across hardware, firmware, software and services. An outspoken advocate of cybersecurity, he strives to advance the industry and his guidance can be heard at conferences, and found in whitepapers, articles, and blogs.