Panel: Teaching Undergraduate Information Assurance
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It is rare to find computer security course offerings at most academic institutions today. There are exceptions, of course, and some institutions are offering concentrations in this area of study. Such courses are found at NSA Centers of Academic Excellence and in some cases, degree programs in IA topics are being implemented or proposed. While NSA certifies COE/IAE’s based on published criteria — there is no established program of study and each institution approaches the topic in their own way. At Mississippi State University, we believe that IA is properly placed within our Software Engineering research area and that it is best taught by integrating it into existing courses in our Software Engineering degree and our Computer Science degree programs. We also believe that by doing so, it better prepares the student for a dedicated IA course during their senior year of study.