Title

Gaining Real-World Experience in Information Security: A Roadmap for a Service Learning Course

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2018

Publication Title

Journal of Information Systems Education

Keywords

Information Security, Service Learning, Relevance (Education), Capacity Building, Risk Assessment, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Implementation, Community Organizations, College Students, School Community Relationship

Disciplines

Business | Management Information Systems

Abstract

Students need real-world experience. Industry needs graduating students entering the workforce to be skilled in relevant subject matter, critical thinking, and communication skills. Community-based nonprofit organizations, as well as small businesses, need
help in building organizational capacity. Instructors also benefit from periodic observation of organizational work in the instructor’s area of teaching. A service-learning course that is focused on capacity building is a means to reach all of these goals. This article presents a roadmap for teaching a service-learning course in information security risk assessment. Students work in teams on a term-long project conducting an on-site risk assessment, making security recommendations, and producing and presenting a final security risk report to an organization’s management. Teaching tips are offered on course planning, launch,
materials, and execution.

Volume

29

Issue

4

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