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2 Preparing Graduate Students to Lead and Manage Cyber Security Kevin A. Barton Asst Prof, CISS (210) ext 2213

3 Center for Information Assurance Management & Leadership (CIAML) Designated CAE-IAE in 2007; re-designated in 2012 Key personnel: –Mr. Kevin Barton – Director –Mr. Ted Ahlberg – Asst Dean & CISS faculty –Dr. Carol Jeffries-Horner – CISS Dept Chair –Dr. Jesus Carmona – CISS faculty –Dr. Murad Moqbel – CISS faculty

4 Cyber Security Academic Programs Undergraduate Three degrees offered: BBA, BS, and BAS –Two tracks: Security and Web Info –Over 80 percent of students in security track Enrollment: –San Antonio Campus: 75 –Harlingen Campus: 17 Graduate One degree offered: MS –Program moved online in 2010 –A boot camp is offered for prospective students who do not have a related undergraduate degree Enrollment: –Prior to online: 7 – 15 –Online: 62

5 Events Community 2010 Cyber Security for Business Leaders –Hosted with local industry leaders 2010 Stop.Think.Connect Campaign –Hosted with DHS and FBI 2011 Protecting Information Systems in SMBs –Four one-day events Academic 2010 Mentor Holmes High School in Cyber Patriot competition 2011 Linux Boot Camp for two local high schools 2011 Mentor Holmes High School in Cyber Patriot 2012 Cyber Patriot Boot Camp

6 Student Scholarship Scholarships IASP recipients every year of CAE-IAE designation, two recipients in 2012/2013 Submitted proposal for 32 NSF CyberCorps SFS scholarships for Research Survey of emerging cyber security research (Grant: AOARD) Students participation in field research –Electronic voting security –Next Generation 911 security All graduate courses include a research component

7 Student Scholarship Competitions Panoply –2011: First cyber security competition – two teams –2012: Two teams, 1 st & 7 th 2012 DC3 Digital Forensic Challenge 2012 Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

8 Graduate Curriculum Traditional CIS Courses Database Management Systems IS Development Telecomm & Networking IS H/W & S/W Platforms IS Special Topics Cyber Security Courses IA & Security Principles IA Planning & Management IA Assessment Internet Security Architectures ISS Special Topics

9 Program Purpose Prepare students for CIO or CISO positions Graduates very successful at CISSP (or equivalent) certification Graduates assuming IA leadership roles in finance, government, military, and healthcare However, mismatch between curriculum and program’s purpose

10 Significant Curriculum Changes Face-to-Face Format (Prior to Fall 2010) CIS courses prepared students as developers, system/network administrators IA courses prepared students to be security administrators Insufficient research work Online Format (Since Fall 2010) Added two new courses (one CIS, one security) Integrated IA curriculum into CIS courses Expose students to research literature

11 Significant Curriculum Changes Face-to-Face Format (Prior to Fall 2010) IA curriculum more Knowledge, Understanding, and Application levels of learning Online Format (Since Fall 2010) Elevated curriculum to Analysis, Evaluation, and Creation levels of learning

12 Analysis Understanding components Understanding how components relate to each other Understanding why components relate to each other Examining administrative, technical and physical controls used to mitigate risks Selecting controls to mitigate risk Understanding NIST, government and industry standards

13 Evaluate Critiquing and evaluating information, methods, and solutions Prioritizing solutions when confronted with limited resources Assessing performance Developing criteria to evaluate risk Prioritizing risk and evaluating controls to mitigate risk Measuring control effectiveness

14 Create Combining information to create ideas and new information Using existing knowledge to solve new problems Developing criteria to evaluate and assess Considering how controls and standards for designed for one purpose or environment can be used in other environments Anticipating risks with emerging technologies and considering solutions to mitigate those risks


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