Building the Next Generation of Cyber Security Professionals

Martini B and Choo K-K R 2014. Building the next generation of cyber security professionals. In 22nd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2014), Tel Aviv, Israel, 9-11 June 2014 (Forthcoming)

13 Pages Posted: 2 May 2014

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Ben Martini

University of South Australia

Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo

The University of Texas at San Antonio

Date Written: May 1, 2014

Abstract

Cyber security is an area of strategic and policy interest to governments and enterprises globally, which results in an increase in the demand for cyber security professionals. However, there is a lack of education based on sound theories, standards and practices. In this paper, we adapted the Situational Crime Prevention Theory and the NICE National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework in the design and delivery of our courses, particularly in the Cyber Security Exercise (CSE) which forms an integral part of the courses. The CSE is an attack/defence environment where students are grouped and given a virtual machine with which to host a number of services (e.g. HTTP(S), FTP and SSH) for access by other groups. The CSE is designed to mirror real-world environments where the students’ skills will be applied. An overview of the CSE architecture was also provided for readers interested in replicating the exercise in their institutions. Based on student assessment and feedback, we found that our approach was useful in transferring theoretical knowledge to practical skills suitable for the cyber security workforce.

Keywords: Cyber Security Skills, Cyber Security Exercise, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, Situational Crime Prevention Theory

JEL Classification: C88, C89, K42, K49

Suggested Citation

Martini, Ben and Choo, Kim-Kwang Raymond, Building the Next Generation of Cyber Security Professionals (May 1, 2014). Martini B and Choo K-K R 2014. Building the next generation of cyber security professionals. In 22nd European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2014), Tel Aviv, Israel, 9-11 June 2014 (Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2431592

Ben Martini

University of South Australia ( email )

37-44 North Terrace, City West Campus
Adelaide, South Australia 5001
Australia

Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo (Contact Author)

The University of Texas at San Antonio ( email )

San Antonio, TX 78249
United States
+12104587867 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/raymondchooau/

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