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Publication Date

12-1-2018

Abstract

This paper introduces a holistic and case-analysis teaching model by integrating case studies into cybersecurity courses. The proposed model starts by analyzing real-world cyber breaches. Students look into the details of these attacks and learn how these attacks took place from the beginning to the end. During the process of case analysis, a list of security topics reflecting different aspects of these breaches is introduced. Through guided in-class discussion and hands-on lab assignments, student learning in lecture will be reinforced. Overall, the entire cybersecurity course is driven by case studies. The proposed model is great for teaching cybersecurity. First, the new model can easily draw students’ interests with real-world cases. Second, the new model can help to teach human and business factors in cybersecurity. Third, the new model can improve student learning outcomes, particularly helping students gain a holistic view of security.

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