National CyberWatch Center Fills Information Security Curriculum Void

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With information security breaches becoming a weekly news item, it’s even more imperative that students have the needed knowledge and skills to defend against the constant barrage of attacks. The National CyberWatch Center is doing its part by developing new skills-based Information Security curriculum, something that is in short supply.

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The availability of reasonably priced textbooks and virtual machine environments to support course content mapped to national cybersecurity education standards is a game changer for many community colleges...

With information security breaches becoming a weekly news item, it’s even more imperative that students have the needed knowledge and skills to defend against the constant barrage of attacks. The National CyberWatch Center is doing its part by developing new skills-based Information Security curriculum, something that is in short supply.

The new and improved National CyberWatch Center degrees and certificates, which include complete technical courses and stackable competencies, focus on Network Security Administration, Systems Security Administration, Network Forensics, Cyber Defense, and Secure Software Development.

Design considerations for the development of this curriculum focused on ways to continually validate and update it, as well as to reflect a constantly changing threat landscape and attacker’s tactics, techniques, and procedures. Other design considerations included a focus on fundamentals, modularity, an all digital offering, mapped to federal and national standards, performance based, capped at 60 credits/units, aligned with job roles and industry-recognized certifications, and articulated with four-year schools.

“The availability of reasonably priced textbooks and virtual machine environments to support course content mapped to national cybersecurity education standards is a game changer for many community colleges that previously didn't have the resources to support expensive cyber labs,” said Margaret Leary, director of Curriculum, National CyberWatch Center.

To learn more about National CyberWatch Center's degree programs, certificates and technical courses, go to http://www.nationalcyberwatch.org/programs-resources/curriculum/

About National CyberWatch Center
National CyberWatch Center is a cybersecurity education and research consortium working to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the national workforce. Since 2005, National CyberWatch Center has played a key role in developing, promoting and providing cybersecurity education solutions for the nation. To learn more, visit http://www.nationalcyberwatch.org.

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