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Naval Academy Adds Cybersecurity to Curriculum

Naval Academy Adds Cybersecurity to Curriculum - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Naval Academy Adds Cybersecurity to Curriculum - top government contractors - best government contracting eventThe U.S. Naval Academy is changing its core curriculum for the first time in about a decade by adding two cybersecurity courses to meet the growing demands of educating a cybersecurity workforce, The Associated Press reported.

Andrew Phillips, the academic dean and provost, told AP the school’s role has been to develop courses that would provide every academy graduate a robust foundation in cybersecurity.

“We spent over a year now collecting advice and feedback from the Navy and the Marine Corps and shopping our ideas around with anyone who might have an opinion and some expertise in this area,“ he said.

Next year’s freshmen will take a course to further their awareness of the risks andto understand the basic methods attackers use now to exploit cyber defenses, Phillips said. In their junior year, those students will take another semester of cybersecurity with a technical emphasis on computer network defense, he added.

Unlike the Military and the Air Force academies, which a decade ago set cybersecurity as part of IT requirements, it took the Naval Academy more than a year to implement cybersecurity curriculum changes. Pontificating why it had taken the Naval Academy longer to adopt a cyber curriculum, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, who is both a member of the academy“™s board of visitors as well as the House Intelligence Committee, told AP cybersecurity was not much of an issue when he first joined the board.

“[A]nd now, I think, you have really accelerated the whole issue of cybersecurity and cyber defense and cyber offense,“ he added.

 

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