Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 34

Volume 34, Issue 1, Pages 70-83

Winter 2023

Aligning Cybersecurity in Higher Education with Industry Needs

Gelareh Towhidi
Jeannie Pridmore
University of West Georgia
Carrollton, GA 30118, USA

Abstract: Cybersecurity is among the highest in-demand skills for Information Systems graduates and therefore is critical for the Information Systems curriculum. There is a substantial lack of skilled cybersecurity graduates. It is estimated that there is a global shortage of almost three and a half million cybersecurity professionals in 2022. Organizations are facing difficulties filling security positions. Thus, the Information Systems curriculum must be redesigned to meet business and industry needs and better prepare Information Systems graduates for cybersecurity careers. This study provides a model for designing a cybersecurity course that will align with industry needs to respond to the shortage of cybersecurity professionals. The proposed model is based on backward course design, aligned with the guidelines from the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework and The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Strategic Plan, and insights from interviews with industry professionals. We applied the model at a higher education institute in the USA, as higher education graduates fill most cybersecurity positions. The designed course was met with high levels of student satisfaction, positive industry feedback, and high levels of student success. Our proposed model can be applied to any educational institute and customized to desired needs of the institute, students, and the industry with minimal cost and time consideration.

Keywords: Cybersecurity, Backward design, CIS curriculum, Computing education

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Recommended Citation: Towhidi, G., & Pridmore, J. (2023). Aligning Cybersecurity in Higher Education with Industry Needs. Journal of Information Systems Education, 34(1), 70-83.