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Maintaining the Focus on Cybersecurity in UK Higher Education / Tom Crick; James H Davenport; Alastair Irons; Sally Pearce; Tom Prickett

ITNOW, Volume: 61, Issue: 4, Pages: 46 - 47

Swansea University Author: Tom, Crick

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DOI (Published version): 10.1093/itnow/bwz110

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In August, a Harvard Business Review article postulated that "Every Computer Science Degree Should Require a Course in Cybersecurity", provocatively stating that cybersecurity is eating the software world and arguing that systematically addressing the problem of security begins with educat...

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ISSN: 1746-5702 1746-5710
Published: Oxford University Press (OUP) 2019
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description In August, a Harvard Business Review article postulated that "Every Computer Science Degree Should Require a Course in Cybersecurity", provocatively stating that cybersecurity is eating the software world and arguing that systematically addressing the problem of security begins with educating software developers at scale. It is hard to disagree with the intent of this suggestion. Alongside organisations such as the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, the BCS has been promoting this position for a number of years through its accreditation and policy activities, and it is positive to see our concerns highlighted to a wider international audience. As our recent paper argues, cybersecurity is too important to be left to specialists and thus should be seen as an essential component of computer science, software engineering, and many other IT-related degree programmes.This article explores some of the challenges raised in our paper, related to the teaching of cybersecurity in UK universities, and provides a progress report regarding BCS efforts to promote the development of cybersecurity knowledge in accredited degree programmes.
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