Cybersecurity Education

Cybersecurity has critical implications for a nation’s economic, social, information, military, and physical infrastructure. The global crisis has challenged academic institutions to build and grow cybersecurity programs to help produce a skilled and knowledgeable cyber workforce.

The current state of cybersecurity education is faced with three intersectional challenges: 
1) a dire shortage of faculty and teachers,
2) a rapidly evolving field, and
3) limited access to quality curricular materials. 

While addressing the shortage of faculty requires a long-term solution, it has been shown that high quality curricula not only helps institutions build programs, but also improves student learning outcomes. Increasing access to better curricula is a relatively inexpensive, yet impactful intervention.

Government institutions have a long history of supporting projects that build quality cybersecurity K-20 curriculum. However, this growing collection of curriculum presents a new challenge, the need to consolidate access, and maintain quality and relevance in the fast-moving cybersecurity discipline. A living digital library, uniquely focused on cybersecurity curricula, supports the need to expand and sustain programs to build a diverse cyber-ready workforce.


  • The “Cybersecurity Labs and Resources Knowledge-base” (CLARK) provides a “one-stop access” to assured quality cybersecurity curriculum addressing topics such as forensics, adversarial thinking, secure coding, SCADA security, and others. It is a living library of cybersecurity curriculum, and a community of cybersecurity educators committed to sustaining it.

    CLARK’s unique entry system facilitates: 1) the creation of learning outcomes based on Bloom’s taxonomy in support of appropriate teaching and assessment strategies; and 2) mapping capability to curricular guidelines (e.g., NSA CAE knowledge units, ACM computer science curricular guidelines (CS2013), ACM cybersecurity guidelines (CSEC2017) in support of purposeful adoption of effective curricula. Each module is reviewed for cybersecurity content and pedagogy at the targeted grade level.

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  • This Introduction to Cybersecurity introduces students to the principles of cybersecurity and invites them to think critically about the need for and responsibility of keeping data and systems safe. Students will gain knowledge and work with existing cybersecurity problems and solutions. It is our belief that providing this framework will inspire curriculum providers, teachers, and industry to create curriculum attractive to high school students, some of whom we hope will pursue a profession in cybersecurity. Perhaps more important than providing qualified individuals for the workforce is the development of thinkers with a cybersecurity mindset that can enhance whichever profession they choose to pursue.

  • With innovative online cyber security degrees, industry connections, and an award-winning competition team, UMGC is a leading name in cyber security education.


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