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Development of Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity Program: A Literature Survey

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Computing Technology Applications-II

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Computing and Information Technology

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Tamer Omar California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Tamer Omar is an Assistant professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in California State Polytechnic University- Pomona. Dr. Omar earned his Ph.D. from the Electrical Engineering department at Iowa State University, USA. Dr. Omar research interests include broadband wireless networks, cybersecurity in IOT, and big data systems. Dr. Omar has over 15 years of experience in both academia and industry serving in different roles at engineering and technology systems domains.

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Srikanth Venkatesan California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Dr. Venkatesan is an assistant professor in Computer Information Systems department at Cal Poly Pomona. He received his doctorate degree from University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. His research interests include cloud computing, information assurance, health informatics, online social networks, social network analytics and e-commerce. His teaching expertise at the graduate level is in the area of cloud computing and internet of things. At the undergraduate level, he has taught object-oriented systems analysis and design, intermediate java programming, management information systems, statistics and project management.

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Abdelfattah Amamra California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Dr. Abdelfattah Amamra joins California State Polytechnic University, Pomona as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer in the College of Sciences. Prior to coming to CalPoly, Pomona he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Conncticut. Dr. Amamra received his Ph.D. from the University of Quebec, Montreal , Canada.
His primary research interests are in the field of cybersecurity and machine learning. Specifically, he is interested in smartphone security, and IoT security.

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Individual dependency on digital systems is continuously growing. Cybersecurity modeling and operations are deemed mandatory to secure these digital systems. Providing current students and future employees with advanced cybersecurity skills is an urgent requirement. As an initiative to address this expanding demand, this study aims at surveying the current undergraduate interdisciplinary cybersecurity programs adopted by different universities. The survey scope covers three main schools and the interdisciplinary relationships among these programs. The schools include the electrical and computer engineering departments in the school of engineering, the computer science departments in the school of sciences, and the computer information systems departments in the business school. The objectives of the survey are three folds; first identifying the program structures in the surveyed universities. The second objective is to determine the interdisciplinary basis on which the three schools collaborate to boost the student learning experience and to cover cybersecurity basic and advanced concepts from multiple dimensions. The last objective is to determine a roadmap that can be adopted by the cybersecurity cluster team at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (CPP) based on the outputs of this survey to develop an interdisciplinary program. A broad range of universities from research, teaching universities and community colleges are covered in the survey. An analysis of the data collected from surveying the literature is conducted and the results are tested for significance. Finally, recommendations based on the analysis are summarized to aid other interested universities in developing new programs.

Omar, T., & Venkatesan, S., & Amamra, A. (2018, June), Development of Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Cybersecurity Program: A Literature Survey Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30331

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