An interdisciplinary approach to information systems security education

A case study

Sohail Anwar, Jungwoo Ryoo, Harpal Dhillon, David Barnes

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Abstract

Society is becoming increasingly dependent upon multi-user distributed information systems. Computer/communication networks facilitate increased productivity in organizations, but these systems also make the information, and information technology assets within the organizations vulnerable in the context of cyber security. Therefore, the designers and users of information technology and other production/logistic functions in these organizations have to be knowledgeable about the cyber security threats, and appropriate responses necessary for protecting the information assets. This growing awareness has led to a demand for information systems security education and training, not only in the information systems domain, but also in practically all engineering and technology activity areas. This manuscript offers a perspective of how Penn State University-Altoona College, an undergraduate institution in Pennsylvania is taking steps to integrate ISA education into its fouryear electromechanical engineering technology program. The college realizes that it is highly important for its engineering students to be knowledgeable about information systems security since engineers are now expected to have at least a basic understanding of current threats, the constant change in the nature of those threats, how these threats affect product development, personal safety, employee productivity, and organizational expenses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

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Information systems
Education
Information technology
Productivity
Engineering technology
Product development
Telecommunication networks
Logistics
Personnel
Students
Engineers

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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