The core cyber-defense knowledge, skills, and abilities that cybersecurity students should learn in school: Results from interviews with cybersecurity professionals

Keith S. Jones, Akbar Siami Namin, Miriam E. Armstrong

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Abstract

Our cybersecurity workforce needs surpass our ability to meet them. These needs could be mitigated by developing relevant curricula that prioritize the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) most important to cybersecurity jobs. To identify the KSAs needed for performing cybersecurity jobs, we administered survey interviews to 44 cyber professionals at the premier hacker conferences Black Hat 2016 andDEF CON 24. Questions concerned 32 KSAs related to cyber defense. Participants rated how important each KSA was to their job and indicated where they had learned that KSA. Fifteen of these KSAs were rated as being of higher-thanneutral importance. Participants also answered open-ended questions meant to uncover additional KSAs that are important to cyber-defense work. Overall, the data suggest that KSAs related to networks, vulnerabilities, programming, and interpersonal communication should be prioritized in cybersecurity curricula.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3152893
JournalACM Transactions on Computing Education
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2018

Keywords

  • And Abilities
  • Cyber-Defense
  • Cybersecurity Curricula
  • Cybersecurity Education
  • Cybersecurity Workforce Framework
  • Knowledge
  • Skills

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