Similarly, an effective curriculum is one that helps students think like professional hackers while guiding them to develop a risk-based approach to security -- which ensures that appropriate measures are applied to protect key data. The National Security Agency is promoting this new approach to cybersecurity education with its hacking competitions, a hands-on way to showcase potential threats and countermeasures. For their part, universities are moving toward hands-on virtual labs and introducing areas ranging from ethics to social psychology.
Just as vital, though, is the need for cybersecurity education for all students, and not just those studying information technologies. In the end, every user has a role in creating a dynamic mobile environment that offers flexibility while remaining secure.
Lynne Y. Williams is a faculty member in the MSIT program at Kaplan University who has been working with computers and networks since the days of VAX mini-mainframes. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of Kaplan University.
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