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A Pedagogic Cybersecurity Framework


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Real" cybersecurity today devotes enormous effort to non-code vulnerabilities and responses. The Cybersecurity Workforce Frameworka of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education lists 33 specialty areas for cybersecurity jobs. Ten of the specialty areas primarily involve coding, but more than half primarily involve non-code work (15 areas, in my estimate) or are mixed (eight areas, per my assessment).

This column proposes a Pedagogic Cybersecurity Framework (PCF) for categorizing and teaching the jumble of non-code yet vital cybersecurity topics. From my experience teaching cybersecurity to computer science and other majors at Georgia Tech, the PCF clarifies how the varied pieces in a multidisciplinary cybersecurity course fit together. The framework organizes the subjects that have not been included in traditional cybersecurity courses, but instead address cybersecurity management, policy, law, and international affairs.


 

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