Cybersecurity Education: The Emergence of an Accredited Academic Discipline?

Author:
Charles E. Wilson
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01 July 2014
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For the past two and a half decades, a growing threat has gained momentum and increasingly presented a serious national security and public safety threat to America’s wellbeing. This growing menace is the illegal and malicious cyber-based threat in the form of cybercrime, cyber-espionage, cyberterrorism, cyberwarfare, and all other genre of computer enabled crimes. The combination of multifaceted cyber-based threats and ever changing attack methods pose a clear and present danger to the national security, economic prosperity, public safety, and social order of America. To address this imposing danger, the country must develop, implement and sustain a comprehensive program of education, training and skill development for cyber professionals and practitioners, who will operate, manage and lead the U.S. cybersecurity efforts. This paper examines the scope of the cyber threat and explains America’s efforts to address the growing danger by creating a cyber-education platform and producing a professional and expert cybersecurity workforce. Additionally, one approach to the education of college students in preparation for entering the cybersecurity workforce is presented. Lastly, this paper recommends that cybersecurity education be established and sustained as a formal accredited discipline with national and international standards embedded in all curricula and programs.

Cybersecurity Education: The Emergence of an Accredited Academic Discipline?