Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 24

Volume 24 Number 1, Pages 41-52

Spring 2013


The Need to Address Mobile Device Security in the Higher Education IT Curriculum


Karen P. Patten
Mark A. Harris

University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29053, USA

Abstract: Mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, enable users to access corporate data from anywhere. In 2013, people will purchase 1.2 billion mobile devices, surpassing personal computers as the most common method for accessing the Internet. However, security of these mobile devices is a major concern for organizations. The two leading mobile operating systems (OS), Google’s Android OS and Apple’s iOS, both have security concerns as do the mobile applications and the major application markets. ‘Bring your own devices,’ where employees supply their own equipment for work-related purposes, can cut costs for organizations, but failing to address security can significantly increase those costs. This paper focuses on the increasing need for mobile business and its related mobile device security concerns. We propose that future IT professionals should be aware of these issues and learn how to secure mobile devices through the integration of the topic into the IT Model Curriculum. Using the case of one undergraduate IT program, we developed a set of mobile device security education recommendations, which we then mapped to the IT Model Curriculum using the guidelines from Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). This mapping approach demonstrates one way how higher education institutions could integrate mobile device security into any IT curriculum.

Keywords: Mobile computing, Information assurance & security, ABET, Model curricula, Curriculum design & development

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Recommended Citation: Patten, K. P. & Harris, M. A. (2013). The Need to Address Mobile Device Security in the Higher Education IT Curriculum. Journal of Information Systems Education, 24(1), pp. 41-52.