Bridging the Gap in Cybersecurity Education: A Review of Cybersecurity Material in Secondary School Curricula (74231)

Session Information: Curriculum Design & Development
Session Chair: Surendra Shrestha

Friday, 22 September 2023 11:50
Session: Session 2
Room: Nova Icaria
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

The increasing reliance on the digital environment along with the rapid evolution of technology have led to unprecedented cyber threats that pose risks to individuals, organisations and nations. Raising awareness of cybersecurity and providing education from an early age is crucial to mitigating these risks effectively. This paper examines how cybersecurity is covered in secondary school education and emphasizes the importance of developing a dedicated cybersecurity curriculum at this educational level. The study provides an in-depth, comprehensive comparison of eight cybersecurity curricula from various educational institutions in the United States, The United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. The selected curricula are in the field of national computer science, for example, the US K–12 Computer Science Framework. This method provides an organised approach to achieving a comparative analysis. Initially, the study identified key components and criteria for a successful cybersecurity curriculum through a detailed literature review. Following this, the eight selected curricula are examined and compared using these criteria to assess their theoretical knowledge and practical skills. The study findings not only reveal distinctive characteristics and possible shortcomings in the analysed curricula but also indicate a notable absence of a specific standardised cybersecurity framework within educational systems worldwide. However, some related cybersecurity topics are consistently addressed and embedded across the computer science curriculum, including the US and the UK. As a result, this study offers valuable insights into the current state of cybersecurity curriculum to bridge this significant educational gap.

Maha Alotaibi, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Yulia Cherdantseva, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Maha Alotaibi is a University Doctoral Student at Cardiff University in United Kingdom

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00