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Integrating Cybersecurity Education in University Curriculum

Varbanova, An-Mari (2022) Integrating Cybersecurity Education in University Curriculum.

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Abstract:As our world is becoming increasingly reliant on technology, cybersecurity awareness has become vital. Cyber-crimes can be harmful to both individuals and companies, by causing data breaches, monetary loss or preventing the normal operation of institutions. Education is an important element of cultivating cybersecurity awareness. In this research, we aim to discover the current level of cybersecurity awareness among Business Information Technology (BIT) students at the University of Twente (UT) and gain insight into their preferred methods of education. The study involved 28 Business Information Technology students and showed their preference for combining methods of hybrid (combining online and in-person) education. The most preferred hybrid options were also analysed. Students with higher levels of cybersecurity awareness choose to learn cybersecurity through workshops, tutorials, lectures and project-based learning, while those with lower scores on this scale most often choose lectures. Additionally, the conducted literature review showed that practical sessions, hands-on exercises and exercises with competitive elements are suitable for effectively teaching cybersecurity concepts to university students. The correlation between cybersecurity awareness and various variables involved in the research was also tested. This research aims to bring valuable insight into the most desirable and effective methods of instruction on the topic of cybersecurity, and assist the successful integration of this course in the programme curriculum.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Programme:Business & IT BSc (56066)
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