Information Assurance and Security Curriculum Meeting the SIGITE Guidelines

Information Assurance and Security Curriculum Meeting the SIGITE Guidelines

Samuel Liles (Purdue University Calumet, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-132-2.ch018
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Information assurance education is an interdisciplinary endeavor that only when taken as a holistic and inclusive educational activity can be successful. When considering the design and implementation of a curriculum that is set to meet standards set by outside agencies, the educational institution must use a flexible and repeatable process. Building a curriculum on top of a strong foundation will empower and facilitate success. Meeting outside agencies’ requirements, such as accrediting agencies, will close, if not eliminate any credibility gaps within an institution.
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There is a dearth within the literature of repeatable and sustainable processes or guidelines on “how to” create a curriculum that meets the requirements of outside or internal agencies making demands on the university for appropriate curriculum (R. Kamali, Liles, Winer, Jiang, & Nicolai, 2006). Further, the balance between the requirements of accrediting agencies and the stake holders in an institution may be in conflict. Preparing and creating a curriculum to meet these coordinate and conflicting requirements is a solvable task.

It is important to make insightful decision in the creation of curriculum. The sustainability of a curriculum going into the future will be predicated on the foundation of the elements and decision used to differentiate it from other curriculums. When the overall goals and missions of the program of study are considered certain elegance can be found in the creation of a holistic curriculum model. The strength of outcome based objectives within information technology is documented strongly (Melissa J. Dark, 2004; Melissa Jane Dark, Ekstrom, & Lunt, 2005; Hazem et al., 2004; Rigby & Dark, 2006). Information assurance and security is a large interdisciplinary area of study that defies definition. The perspective of the computer scientist finds information assurance and security to be encryption and computational models. The computer engineer might find information assurance and security in the hardware security devices such as firewalls.

Information assurance and security has been defined by many authors as the practices, techniques, methods, of securing information in all of its forms from the various threats and risks that information can be subjected to in the enterprise (McKnight, 2002; National Security Telecommunications and Information Systems, 1997a). As practitioners and educators the primary subjects we deal with are confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, and non-repudiation and we define information assurance and security based on those topics (Maconachy, Schou, Ragsdale, & Welch, 2001). There are other ways of defining the breadth of the discipline and as an interdisciplinary area of study there will likely be more ways of defining it in the future.

The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) maintain standards bodies that assist the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in defining information technology curriculum and the information assurance and security areas required for accreditation (Liles & Kamali, 2006). Of specific interest to faculty and students are the curriculum volumes for accrediting information technology programs and specifically the topical requirements for information assurance and security. The ACM maintains special interest educations groups (SIGS) and these groups define the best curricular practices for a discipline such as computer science and specifically the special interest group for information technology education (SIGITE). (“Computing curricula 2001,” 2001) (“Curriculum: Proposed standards for IT curriculum,” 2005). It might be easier to split up information assurance and security in a few specific topical areas such as systems, software, networking, and management. These will allow us to look at the topical elements and consider them in our end solution for creating a curriculum.

Systems are all of the computing and logical devices inside the enterprise that are computational or embedded in the way the overall information systems of the enterprise works. The systems can be the sensory devices for the data center that determine the temperature of the cooling systems, or they could be the computer sitting in front of a secretary.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Availability: The ability to access information assets when needed and as needed. This suggests mechanisms that insure that information is there to be accessed even after the original data environment may have been destroyed. Availability suggests control of the inbound communication channel as a security service.

Security: An evaluation of risk to communication and information and mitigation of those risks through different services.

Confidentiality: Keeping information restricted to only those who should have access to it. Information should be controlled from outside interception. Confidentiality suggests control of information on the outbound communication channel as a security service.

Non-Repudiation: Also known as authenticity the ability to state that an entity was involved in a communication exchange or prove that an entities credentials are genuine based on the trust established between two entities or using a trusted third entity. Non-repudiation is a mechanism for insuring the relationship of entities involved in the communications channel as a security service.

Integrity: Insuring that information that is stored or transmitted is not maliciously changed. Protection mechanisms for data while stored or transmitted are important to protect the original meaning of information. Integrity suggests control of information while stored or transmitted internally as a security service.

Assurance: The act of implementing protection measures against risks. Within the context of information assurance and security it is a holistic concept suggesting a variety of information controls.

Authentication: Protection measures and methods of insuring only authorized entities access information. This is linked to concepts such as need-to-know. Authentication suggests control of communication channels and access to information internally and externally as a security service.

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John Walp
Manish Gupta, Raj Sharman
Chapter 1
C. Warren Axelrod
This chapter examines the impact of catastrophes on information security and suggests who might have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate... Sample PDF
Responsibilities and Liabilities with Respect to Catastrophes
Chapter 2
David Porter
This chapter discusses the latest developments in the shifting threat landscape and their impact on the world of information security. It describes... Sample PDF
The Complex New World of Information Security
Chapter 3
Ahmed Awad E. Ahmed
In recent years, many studies have highlighted the unprecedented growth in security threats from multiple and varied sources faced by corporate, as... Sample PDF
Employee Surveillance Based on Free Text Detection of Keystroke Dynamics
Chapter 4
Arunabha Mukhopadhyay, Samir Chatterjee, Debashis Saha, Ambuj Mahanti, Samir K. Sadhukhan
An online business organization spends millions of dollars on firewalls, anti-virus, intrusion detection systems, digital signature, and encryption... Sample PDF
E-Risk Insurance Product Design: A Copula Based Bayesian Belief Network Model
Chapter 5
Guoling Lao
E-commerce mode aggravates information asymmetry so that honesty-credit problems become more serious. This chapter discusses the honesty-credit... Sample PDF
E-Commerce Security and Honesty-Credit
Chapter 6
Zhixiong Zhang, Xinwen Zhang, Ravi Sandhu
This chapter addresses the problem that traditional role-base access control (RBAC) models do not scale up well for modeling security policies... Sample PDF
Towards a Scalable Role and Organization Based Access Control Model with Decentralized Security Administration
Chapter 7
Chandan Mazumdar
There has been an unprecedented thrust in employing Computers and Communication technologies in all walks of life. The systems enabled by... Sample PDF
Enterprise Information System Security: A Life-Cycle Approach
Chapter 8
Peter O. Orondo
Most companies would agree that securing their information assets is worth some investment. It is thus plausible to assume that low levels of IT... Sample PDF
An Alternative Model of Information Security Investment
Chapter 9
George O.M. Yee
The growth of the Internet is increasing the deployment of e-services in such areas as e-commerce, e-learning, and e-health. In parallel, the... Sample PDF
Avoiding Pitfalls in Policy-Based Privacy Management
Chapter 10
Supriya Singh
Enabling customers to influence the way they are represented in the bank’s databases, is one of the major personalization, responsiveness, and... Sample PDF
Privacy and Banking in Australia
Chapter 11
Madhusudhanan Chandrasekaran, Shambhu Upadhyaya
Phishing scams pose a serious threat to end-users and commercial institutions alike. E-mail continues to be the favorite vehicle to perpetrate such... Sample PDF
A Multistage Framework to Defend Against Phishing Attacks
Chapter 12
Ghita Kouadri Mostefaoui, Patrick Brézillon
In recent years, the security research community has been very active in proposing different techniques and algorithms to face the proliferating... Sample PDF
A New Approach to Reducing Social Engineering Impact
Chapter 13
Yang Wang
Privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs), which constitute a wide array of technical means for protecting users’ privacy, have gained considerable... Sample PDF
Privacy-Enhancing Technologies
Chapter 14
Douglas P. Twitchell
This chapter introduces and defines social engineering, a recognized threat to the security of information systems. It also introduces a taxonomy... Sample PDF
Social Engineering and its Countermeasures
Chapter 15
Tom S. Chan
Social networking has become one of the most popular applications on the Internet since the burst of the dot-com bubble. Apart from being a haven... Sample PDF
Social Networking Site: Opportunities and Security Challenges
Chapter 16
James W. Ragucci, Stefan A. Robila
Fraudulent e-mails, known as phishing attacks, have brought chaos across the digital world causing billions of dollars of damage. These attacks are... Sample PDF
Designing Antiphishing Education
Chapter 17
Serkan Ada
This chapter discusses the recent theories used in information security research studies. The chapter initially introduces the importance of the... Sample PDF
Theories Used in Information Security Research: Survey and Agenda
Chapter 18
Samuel Liles
Information assurance education is an interdisciplinary endeavor that only when taken as a holistic and inclusive educational activity can be... Sample PDF
Information Assurance and Security Curriculum Meeting the SIGITE Guidelines
Chapter 19
Gary Hinson
This chapter highlights the broad range of factors that are relevant to the design of information security awareness programs, primarily by... Sample PDF
Information Security Awareness
Chapter 20
Nick Pullman, Kevin Streff
Security training and awareness is often overlooked or not given sufficient focus in many organizations despite being a critical component of a... Sample PDF
Creating a Security Education, Training, and Awareness Program
Chapter 21
E. Kritzinger, S.H von Solms
This chapter introduces information security within the educational environments that utilize electronic resources. The education environment... Sample PDF
Information Security Within an E-Learning Environment
Chapter 22
Donald Murphy, Manish Gupta, H.R. Rao
We present five emerging areas in information security that are poised to bring the radical benefits to the information security practice and... Sample PDF
Research Notes on Emerging Areas of Conflict in Security
Chapter 23
C. Orhan Orgun
This chapter develops a linguistically robust encryption system, LunabeL, which converts a message into syntactically and semantically innocuous... Sample PDF
The Human Attack in Linguistic Steganography
Chapter 24
Sérgio Tenreiro de Magalhães, Kenneth Revett, Henrique M.D. Santos, Leonel Duarte dos Santos, André Oliveira, César Ariza
The traditional approach to security has been the use of passwords. They provide the system with a barrier to access what was quite safe in the... Sample PDF
Using Technology to Overcome the Password's Contradiction
Chapter 25
Antonio Cerone
Reducing the likelihood of human error in the use of interactive systems is increasingly important. Human errors could not only hinder the correct... Sample PDF
Formal Analysis of Security in Interactive Systems
Chapter 26
Tejaswini Herath
It is estimated that over 1 billion people now have access to the Internet. This unprecedented access and use of Internet by individuals around the... Sample PDF
Internet Crime: How Vulnerable Are You? Do Gender, Social Influence and Education play a Role in Vulnerability?
Chapter 27
Jarrod Trevathan
Shill bidding is where spurious bids are introduced into an auction to drive up the final price for the seller, thereby defrauding legitimate... Sample PDF
Detecting Shill Bidding in Online English Auctions
Chapter 28
Carsten Röcker, Carsten Magerkurth, Steve Hinske
In this chapter we present a novel concept for personalized privacy support on large public displays. In the first step, two formative evaluations... Sample PDF
Information Security at Large Public Displays
Chapter 29
Yuko Murayama, Carl Hauser, Natsuko Hikage, Basabi Chakraborty
The sense of security, identified with the Japanese term, Anshin, is identified as an important contributor to emotional trust. This viewpoint... Sample PDF
The Sense of Security and Trust
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