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Eleventh International Symposium on Human Aspects of Information Security & Assurance (HAISA 2017)
Title: Towards the Design of a Cybersecurity Module for Postgraduate Engineering Studies
Author(s): Sune von Solms, Lynn Futcher
Keywords: Awareness, Cybersecurity, Curriculum design, Engineering, Postgraduate Education.
Abstract: The rate of technological development has changed and shaped the way in which individuals and businesses work and interact. The fourth industrial revolution has led to smart factories where cyber-physical systems communicate and work with each other and with humans. These advancements have largely brought forth positive change, but the dependence on the Internet also made us susceptible to cybercrimes, such as identity theft, fraud and espionage. Cybercrime is considered as possibly the greatest threat to companies worldwide, and therefore cybersecurity engineers are amongst the most sought after professionals. In South Africa, engineers are not traditionally trained in cybersecurity, but with the threat of cyberattacks in industry rising, a solid foundation in cybersecurity can equip engineering graduates to secure and protect their workplace. This paper describes the process followed toward the design of a cybersecurity module for postgraduate engineering studies to help address the shortfall of cybersecurity engineers in South Africa.
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