Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and Assessment of Cybersecurity Body of Knowledge (BOK): Evaluation & Challenges

  •  Ala Alluhaidan    
  •  Evon M. Abu-Taieh    


The rapid growth of technology and related fields has led to creation in academia to match the expansion demand for IT professionals. One of the current majors that attract attention in industry is cybersecurity. There is a great need for individuals who are skilled in cybersecurity to protect IT infrastructure. Coaching a security-focused workforce has become the target of government agents, industry, and academic institutions.

As research and academic faculties respond to this growing demand, evolving curriculum and methodologies for teaching cybersecurity graduates still need to be formed comprehensively. There have been few researches to define and assess the student outcomes in cybersecurity. This paper presents a step forward by developing Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and the desired assessment method to measure those outcomes.

This research contributes to academia and training institution by defining the SLOs and suggests preferable assessment methods in cybersecurity. This initial research is based on a qualitative study of academician evaluation of cybersecurity courses. The paper presents the result of interviews along with discussions of ongoing and future suggestions.

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