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Computer Science Technology-Cyber Security Option

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Instrumentation Division Technical Session

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Asad Yousuf Savannah State University

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Asad Yousuf is the Coordinator and Professor of Electronics Engineering Technology at Savannah State University

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Alberto G. De La Cruz Savannah State University

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Instructor and Program Coordinator of Computer Science Technology at Savannah State University

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Frederick T. Sheldon University of Idaho

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Prof. Sheldon has 35+ years of experience from academia, industry and government in various roles working a diverse set of computer science problems within the scope of software engineering, formal methods and information assurance and security in domains such as embedded real time avionics/vehicular, energy delivery systems, supply chain, cryptographic key mgmt. He received the Sigma Xi research and UT-Battelle key contributor and significant event awards and is an IEEE/ACM Sr. Member. He has degrees from the University of Minnesota and Texas at Arlington.

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With the growing interest in cyber security and lack of institutions with a degree program in the discipline in our region, designing, promoting and implementing a degree program in an institution that traditionally attracts students from the minority population will represent a viable pathway to increasing the participation of underrepresented minorities in this 2 emerging industry. After an extensive search we could not identify any Minority Serving Institution (MSI) that offers a degree program in Cyber Security in our region. This paper will describe how the Cyber Security program can contribute to the production of these vitally needed scientists, by increasing the number of underrepresented minorities and women with a degree in cyber security. The department of Engineering Technology currently offers an undergraduate degree in Computer Science Technology (CST). The CST curriculum is a hybrid of software and hardware courses designed to prepare graduates with a strong background in computer and information systems. This unique program would provide a good base for an academic program that addresses the cyber security problem. This paper will present a project, which will design and implement a cyber-security degree track in its CST program for students who wish to concentrate and develop strong skills in cybercrime detection, disruption and defenses. This paper will discuss the Curriculum grid showing the educational goals and the requirements for a baccalaureate (BS) degree in cyber security designed and published in the University catalogue. This curriculum will include both currently existing courses (including hardware courses) and the newly developed courses. The development of Cyber Security program is funded by the Department of Education.

Yousuf, A., & De La Cruz, A. G., & Sheldon, F. T. (2021, July), Computer Science Technology-Cyber Security Option Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36830

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