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Matching national strategy to local capability: the design of a novel cyber resilience MSc

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posted on 2024-03-28, 16:24 authored by Andrew PeckAndrew Peck, Peter NorrisPeter Norris, Tim WatsonTim Watson, Iain PhillipsIain Phillips

This paper presents the design processes behind the creation and establishment of a novel MSc programme that is written in large parts to address shifts in national strategy and the international reality of cyber security. It presents the MSc programme as an effort to bridge the stated aims of national strategy and regional or industry specific skills gaps whilst delivering both core and transferable skills training. This process has not been without its challenges, and that is in large part to the programme being "first in country" to adopt some of the specific and relevant terminology being used to describe the course, its content and outcomes (e.g. cyber persistence, cyber resilience, defend forwards) in an academic context.
 

The paper looks at two challenge areas: Extrinsic (institutional) challenges and constraints on programme/syllabus design and Intrinsic (committee/team) challenges and constraints together with some of the successful measures that have been employed to counter them.
 

The particular requirements of a successful cyber resilience programme are presented, with specific focus paid to the derogations required from university policy on (for example) infrastructure usage around cyber security experimentation, with parallels drawn to other risk-containing subjects in the natural sciences including chemistry to make understanding the planning and organisations constraints as transparent as possible. The importance of involving less formal methods of trialling these derogations (including the establishment, and co-option, of a competitive cyber security club, some two years before the launch of the MSc) are presented as potential solutions when exploring these unknowns.
 

Aspects of the curriculum design process and team that differ from the norm found in higher education are highlighted and suggested as a way forward for anyone writing a curriculum with professional or use-case implications (if we are going to include a cyber-resilience consultant on our planning committee for this project, why isn't your French curriculum design team including a journalist who's published in the French language?), with the relevance of this committee's composition to the scaffolding and "i+1" of design to enable delivery that is supportive of the development of the course's future students.

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School

  • Science

Department

  • Computer Science

Published in

INTED2024 Proceedings

Pages

5435-5441

Source

18th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED2024)

Publisher

IATED Academy

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© IATED Academy

Publisher statement

This paper appears here with the permission of the publisher. The published version is available at: https://library.iated.org/view/PECK2024MAT A. Peck, P. Norris, T. Watson, I. Phillips (2024) MATCHING NATIONAL STRATEGY TO LOCAL CAPABILITY: THE DESIGN OF A NOVEL CYBER RESILIENCE MSC, INTED2024 Proceedings, pp. 5435-5441.

Publication date

2024-03-01

Copyright date

2024

ISBN

9788409592159

ISSN

2340-1079

eISSN

2340-1079

Language

  • en

Editor(s)

Luis Gómez Chova; Chelo González Martínez; Joanna Lees

Location

Valencia, Spain

Event dates

4th March 2024 - 6th March 2024

Depositor

Andrew Peck. Deposit date: 27 March 2024

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