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April 2013 / Volume 15 / No. 3

Why information security education isn’t making the grade

At least we’re consistent. When it comes to information security in industry or education, we are not taking a holistic approach. Information security is a bolt-on feature. (See our recent column, “The bolt-on information security trend needs to end.” Business executives on down to the IT staff continue to treat security as a separate issue, handled by IT specialists. Rarely do software or system engineers approach the design of a product with the intent to include security from the start.  It is no different in security education: we don’t educate our computer engineers and computer scientists to take a holistic approach to security. We teach information security in a separate class or, if students are lucky, classes; and these courses are usually electives. Is it any wonder when these individuals leave our hallowed halls to enter the workforce, they treat information security in the same vein? Why do we do such a poor job in information security education? It is the approach we take to teaching computer engineering, software ...

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