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Integrating Security into the Curriculum
December 1998 (vol. 31 no. 12)
pp. 25-30

An educational system that cultivates an appropriate knowledge of computer security will increase the likelihood that the next generation of IT workers will have the background needed to design and develop systems that are engineered to be reliable and secure.

The technical aspects of security are closely related to computer science and engineering. And many of the goals, concepts, and reasoning techniques are similar too. Thus, two approaches are possible:

  • Computer security could be the focus of the curriculum, which would investigate the foundations and technical approaches to security in considerable depth.
  • A computer science or computer engineering curriculum could choose to use computer security as an important property to be addressed in all coursework.
  • The authors argue that it is not reasonable to suggest that every student should learn everything about security. Instead, they propose an approach that matches appropriate knowledge and skills with typical roles in the information society.

    In this way, security insights can be integrated within the existing information systems programs, rather than be treated separately. This article, therefore, proposes a set of high-level educational objectives as the basis of a security-enhanced curriculum.

    Citation:
    Cynthia E. Irvine, Shiu-Kai Chin, Deborah Frincke, "Integrating Security into the Curriculum," Computer, vol. 31, no. 12, pp. 25-30, Dec. 1998, doi:10.1109/2.735847
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