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October 2013 Vol. 15 / No. 8

Security education: Cyber Defense Competitions a major hit on campus

At Iowa State University we have one of the oldest security education programs in the country. This has given us insight into the needs of both the students we educate, and the companies that hire them. Not a week goes by without potential employers asking, how do we find more students and how do we recruit them? Our answer is that companies need to get involved in the education process at the university. I know what you're thinking, this is code speak for asking for donations. We have created a multilevel approach to security education at Iowa State. This accomplishes the goal of not only producing more security literate students, but also provides avenues for companies to become involved in a meaningful way. Several companies have indicated that participation in the Cyberdefense Competition is a prerequisite for employment. At Iowa State, we have developed a three-level framework for security education that provides (1) formal literacy-based training for students of all backgrounds, (2) inquiry-based learning through security ...

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