To increase the number of faculty teaching cybersecurity content, the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas Tech University in partnership with the Center of Security Studies and Criminal Justice at Angelo State University are offering a professional development program in cybersecurity to community college faculty scholars across West Texas. Thirty faculty scholars from community and private colleges across West Texas are participating in a cyber-security education workshop and are mentored in the establishment of cybersecurity associate degrees and certification programs in their home institutions. The project provides a holistic approach to cybersecurity education by integrating the science and engineering aspects of cybersecurity issues with the management, ethical, and practical aspects as they relate to national defense and homeland security. It also introduces recent advances in cybersecurity research to improve cyber security education and explores various technical research and educational challenges. The project is increasing the number of educators knowledgeable in cybersecurity, resulting in a multiplying effect to students including minority groups that contribute to the workforce in the region.

Project Report

Building Cybersecurity Education: What Works James Phelps, Ph.D. (P.I.) Angelo State University, ASU: Center for Security Studies Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice In conjunction with: Texas Tech University, Department of Computer Science NSF Grant: 1241756, SFS: Capacity Building: Collaborative Project: Cyber-Security Education for Community College Faculty in Texas The Principle Investigators and Co-PIs wish to thank the National Science Foundation and the people of the United States of America for their generous support of this research. Summary: 2012-2014 Funding associated with the grant spanned a two year period, ending in August 2014. During this period three workshops were held during summer months teaching cybersecurity principles to community college faculty, & developing assistance and ongoing mentoring programs for those faculty. It should be noted those who attended the second summer session at Texas Tech University are still being mentored as this year progresses. August 2013 Workshop consisted of 16 participants representing 11 institutions. The participant demographics indicate we reached 9 men, 7 women, with specific ethnicity broken down into 4 African Americans (all female), 1 African (female), 3 Hispanic/Latino (1 female), and 8 White/Non-Hispanic (2 female). July 2014 Workshop consisted of 16 participants representing 14 institutions. The participant demographics indicate we reached 9 men, 7 women, with specific ethnicity broken down into 2 African Americans (1 female), 1 Asian (female), 2 Indian (sub-continent) (1 female), 1 Hispanic/Latino, and 10 White/Non-Hispanic (4 female). August 2014 Workshop was a request weeklong presentation at Amarillo College. Attendees included faculty, staff, administrators, students, and local law enforcement. These workshop attendees included 29 attendees (4 female), 6 Latino, and 1 Native American (female). These workshops built cyber security education capacity by reaching out to two and four year higher education institutions across western Texas. The 20 schools reached with the program include: Abilene Christian University Alamo College Amarillo College Angelo State University (two faculty from the Computer Science department) Austin Community College El Paso Community College Hardin-Simmons College Houston Community College Lone Star College Lubbock Christian University Lubbock Institute of Technology Luna Community College McMurry University Ranger College South Plains College Southwest Texas Junior College Texas A&M - Central Texas Texas State Technical College Texas Southern University Vernon College 2013 Workshop Subjects Cybersecurity Fundamentals Information and Data Security Network Security Software Security Smart Grid Security Cyber Evidence and Forensics Software Security Education After a year of mentoring, assessment and evaluation we made some revisions to the 2014 schedule. The changed topics for 2014 included: Increased TTU Graduate Student participation in 2014 through direct research presentations and offered "hands on" components. 2014 Workshop Subjects Network Security Web Security Secure and Resilient Software Development Smart Grid Security Cyber evidence and forensics Fundamentals of cybersecurity Capacity Building Texas Southern University: Planning on offering Cyber Security and administration of justice as new programs and incorporated information from the workshop by implementing security awareness in their software development degree. They have created a new course ITSY-1300 Fundamentals of Information Security. Texas State Technical College implemented more security awareness in their software development degree and their security degree is offering a new class on scripting. They also enhanced current lecture and lab content related to encryption, during Cyber-Security month they conducted digital security demonstrations, and provided handouts related to cyber security during their Oktoberfest community event. They’ve also conducted three "Tech-Byte" lectures for Cyber-Security Month in October 2013. Southwest Texas Junior College incorporated information from the workshop by adding 15 semester sections of their Computer Science 1401 class – Introduction to Computing with a total enrollment of 375 students. They also used the information at the workshop to create a Power Point Presentation for class lecture delivery by a total of 5 Computer Science faculty educating in Cyber Security topics. Abilene Christian University used information from the workshop for slides and handouts posted on workshop site, and citation information of several books on display during workshop. McMurry University is instituting a cybersecurity undergraduate certificate that will mirror the ASU certificate. Additionally, they instituted cross-listing of the cybersecurity courses with MIS and Business degree courses. McMurry applied for a NSF grant to fund development of these initiatives in conjunction with ASU and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Lamar Institute of Technology is developing and instituting a Cybersecurity course. After our report on the workshops at the 8th Annual Homeland Security and Defense Education Summit in October 2014, Salt Lake Community College asked us if we would share our course materials – which we gladly did. Identified Problems Community Colleges and Technical Schools are restricted in the types and numbers of courses they offer. Needs & Solutions Almost every institution represented wanted a "canned" course they could immediately deploy to teach digital evidence collection and computer forensics to local law enforcement. All institutions wanted standardized transferable courses between institutions.

Agency
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Institute
Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)
Type
Standard Grant (Standard)
Application #
1241578
Program Officer
Victor P. Piotrowski
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2012-09-01
Budget End
2014-08-31
Support Year
Fiscal Year
2012
Total Cost
$118,594
Indirect Cost
Name
Angelo State University
Department
Type
DUNS #
City
San Angelo
State
TX
Country
United States
Zip Code
76909