June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Military and Veterans
The development of a military-friendly cybersecurity graduate certificate program, options as part of Computer Science and Software Engineering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, a special recognition as part of a B.S. degree in Computer Science and supporting ‘anytime, anywhere’ courses at the [blinded] are presented. The programs and courses were designed to respond to the national need for significantly more individuals with cybersecurity skills to protect government agencies and private sector businesses and other entities alike. Recognizing that individuals with military backgrounds, in most cases, already have skills and abilities directly supporting their success in the field, a specific effort was made to make the courses and programs military friendly. With [blinded] already designated a Military Friendly School by Victory Media’s G.I. Jobs Magazine, core policies and procedures were already in place.
This paper, thus, focuses on the development of the programs and courses at the departmental level. A key decision that was made early in the process was to make all of the courses equally available, synchronously or asynchronously, to both local and distance students. To support this, all of the newly developed cybersecurity courses are taught in a distance enabled classroom and combine pre-recorded videos, in class activities and lectures (which distance students can complete on their on schedule or connect to in real time using video conferencing software), online assessments and bona fide course-integrated research and development projects. Where relevant certifications existed (and are available to be taken by students), the courses were mapped to the objectives for these certifications. Courses have targeted EC Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker and Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator certifications and CompTIA’s Security+ certification.
The graduate certificate is designed to be able to be completed in conjunction with a graduate degree program or on a stand-alone basis. The certificate is designed, in particular, to help individuals with a technical background gain the skills required to successfully enter the cybersecurity field. The certificate program requires a sequence of four graduate level courses.
The options as part of the M.S. and Ph.D. programs allow students to gain particular cybersecurity skills while completing their graduate degree programs. All of the options require a sequence of three courses in cybersecurity.
The undergraduate recognition provides a similar benefit to undergraduate students. Like the graduate options, it also requires students to take a specific sequence of three courses. Undergraduate students also benefit from cybersecurity relevant coursework that is otherwise required as part of the B.S. degree in Computer Science.
Each of the aforementioned programs will be described in detail and design decisions that have been made to support military students will be highlighted and qualitatively evaluated. In addition to the discussion of the program-level design, military friendly course design decisions will also be discussed. These include key decisions to distance-enable the courses, using individuals with military experience to help deliver certain courses and the use of student assistants to aid the learning of students enrolled in the cybersecurity courses. The paper concludes with a discussion of planned future expansion.
Straub, J. (2019, June), Development of Military Friendly Cybersecurity Courses and Programs Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32658
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