Security education

Preparing information assurance graduates for tomorrow's challenges

Because of the vast specializations of security and the constant threat of a system being compromised, universities must provide a wide range of security programs, thoroughly covering the various areas of security. Programs should allow students to engage in real-world, practical situations through both research and hands-on practice. A well-prepared graduate of a computer security program will be able to apply his/her coursework to their respective organization, leading to smart security decisions, such as participating in cloud computing. Furthermore, programs must prepare students for future, more sophisticated attacks and critical thinking for after a security breach has occurred. A student prepared in these areas will be able to make smart decisions in managing cyber terrorism and forensic investigation, which are both unpredictable and challenging, but extremely crucial.

For university security programs, it is a necessity to be constantly adjusting the curriculum to meet the needs of the frequently changing security requirements, given the fact that the security of today will not necessarily mean the security of tomorrow. One must always have a security strategy in mind; preparation and quick thinking are key in thwarting a security breach.

Therefore, a graduate who is taught with a foundation of principles is prepared to take the necessary steps to protect their organizations system, always knowing that the hackers got a head-start.

Efosa Osayamwen, PhD, serves as lead faculty for Northcentral University's CIS courses and was instrumental in bringing Northcentral's curriculum for review and certification by Committee for National Security (CNSS).