Authors: Akbar Siami Namin, Rattikorn Hewett and Fethi A. Inan
Abstract: The need for cybersecurity professionals and experienced workforce who could design systems, which are robust against cyber-attacks, and protect critical cyber systems, is very real and urgent. The students graduating and obtaining degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering often are less exposed to the fundamental concepts of cybersecurity and in particular security concerns when designing software systems. The lack of sufficient number of available course in the cybersecurity related area is even more apparent for community colleges offering 2-year Information Technology (IT) programs and certifications. Because of several internal constraints and external factors, the instructors and faculty teaching at these colleges are less fortunate to have any opportunity to develop their own security courses. As a result, students graduating from these colleges are less competent when exposed to cybersecurity threats.
We report our experience with offering a workshop and faculty development program specifically designed and organized for instructors and faculty scholars from two and four-year colleges. The one-week long training workshop served as a showcase in enhancing the cybersecurity knowledge levels of community colleges instructors and faculty. The program also provided opportunities for faculty and instructors who had less opportunity to learn about the state-of-the-art and recent advancement in cyber security research and education. We report our experience with the structure and theme of the training workshop, delivery methods, and feedbacks the organizers received from the faculty and instructors who participated in the training sessions.
Keywords: Cybersecurity; faculty development, training workshop