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Why an Information Technology Curriculum is Optimal for Teaching Information Assurance

Education in information assurance (IA) needs to go beyond a single-discipline focus to make students fully aware of the need for secure computing and secure data management systems. For this topic, the critical issue is creating broad “awareness.”

This poster session proposes that an information technology (IT) academic curriculum, due to its broad computing perspective, is the optimal foundation for learning IA issues.  An IT curriculum is built on five (5) key knowledge pillars: programming, Web systems, networking, databases, and human-computer interaction.  These pillars provide touchpoints for the complete investigation of the current and emerging issues in, as well as the misconceptions of, secure computing.