Computer Ethical Hacking: An Education Perspective

S.L. Cebula III and L.A. Wahsheh (USA)


Ethical hacking, computer security, information assurance, education, human factors, legal aspects.


As technology advances, the security of hardware and software also needs to advance. As the use of the Internet increases, the amount of cybercrime being committed also increases. In order to combat cybercrime, the use of safe computing practices, including safe passwords, secure Internet behavior, and following U.S. Government standards that regulate the use of the Internet is needed. However, this is not enough. Security professionals are needed to consult companies, government organizations, and universities in order to safeguard their networks. In order to produce more security professionals, universities and community colleges have composed new programs to focus on computer security and information assurance. In order for these programs to be effective, universities and community colleges also need to teach ethical hacking. In this research work, we will analyze research efforts that address the problem of computer ethical hacking. We will identify and discuss different issues surrounding the education of ethical hacking that address critical aspects of computer security and information assurance in academic environments.

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