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Qualitative Analysis of Computer Security Education and Training in the United States: An Implementation Plan for St. Petersburg College

NCJ Number
Journal of Security Education Volume: 1 Issue: 2/3 Dated: 2005 Pages: 81-116
Matthew J. Basham; Angel L. Rosado
Date Published
36 pages
This paper examines relevant literature about computer security education and training, examines similar programs at other community colleges, and proposes the creation of two certificate training programs in criminal justice and computer protection.
Computer security education and training is in its infancy, and there is an urgent pressing need for training, especially based upon current local and world events. As we progress into an ever-more computerized society the opportunities for criminals likewise expand. Therefore, the United States as a recognized leader in education should take the steps outlined in the implementation proposal to help train future technicians in corporate America and in law enforcement to help protect the interests of America and homeland security. We live in a new post-industrial age called the “information age.” Unsurprisingly, technological innovation has also led to criminal innovation. Criminals today are following historical patterns by preying on today’s computer users and networks. The resulting President’s Critical Infrastructure Committee on homeland security has determined computer security education and training to be paramount for the security of America. This paper examines the various literature regarding computer security and cyber crime, and proposes the need for new security certificate programs at St. Petersburg College. A blueprint for success is presented along with individual course titles and a certification framework. The blueprint compares and contrasts existing programs from universities and community colleges across the country, and provides predictions for the future of computer security programs. Figures, references, and appendixes