Teaching Information Security in a Hybrid Distance Learning Setting

Teaching Information Security in a Hybrid Distance Learning Setting

Michael E. Whitman (Kennesaw State University, USA) and Herbert J. Mattord (Kennesaw State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-964-9.ch013
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Abstract

This chapter provides a case study of current practices and lessons learned in the provision of distance learning (DL)-based instruction in the field of information security. The primary objective of this case study was to identify implementations of distance learning techniques and technologies that were successful in supporting the unique requirements of an information security program that could be generalized to other programs and institutions. Thus the focus of this study was to provide an exemplar for institutions considering the implementation of distance learning technology to support information security education. The study found that the use of lecture recording technologies currently available can easily be used to record in-class lectures which can then be posted for student use. VPN technologies can also be used to support hands-on laboratory exercises. Limitations of this study focus on the lack of empirical evidence collected to substantiate the anecdotal findings.

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