Posted on: August 13, 2020
Cyber Security Education
Principles and Policies, 1st Edition
By Greg Austin
Cyber Security Education, Principles and Policies charts a path toward a broader conception of cyber security education, beyond technical aspects, and reaching for the vast array of management, social, economic and even geopolitical aspects of the subject. It also exposes the limitations of education reform packages instigated by government. It challenges business leaders and individuals to set new goals in comprehensive, multi-disciplinary forms of cyber security education.
The China chapter will be a surprise to many. It shows how an authoritarian regime has struggled over the past five years since declaring its intent to become a cyber power, to achieve its education reform agenda, partly because of rigidity in its university system. The book has an extremely broad sweep: from history and philosophy of cyber security education through relevant leadership and military education, to the role of professional organisations in setting benchmarks for new approaches to education in the field. The diversity of backgrounds of the international list of contributors should increase its appeal and impact.
For almost all countries, basic data on cyber security education is lacking. The subject is only poorly studied in most countries. There are too few books or policy reports that draw together on this important topic. There are few researchers globally who specialise in research on cyber security education.
Cyber Security Education, Principles and Policies arose out of a joint initiative between university-based researchers and the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2017 as a follow on to that country's 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. The researchers approached the government to help overcome the gaps in the national strategy on education policy. It is telling that in the 2020 Australian Cyber Security Strategy, the government dedicated funding to improvement of metrics in this field. The book depended on contributions from around the world, since most countries are now on a similar journey. Leading corporations and government agencies face an imperative to radically improve the education of their workforce, specialist and non-specialist, in cyber security.