A Case Study-based Cybersecurity Ethics Curriculum

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Jane Blanken-Webb, Imani Palmer, Sarah-Elizabeth Deshaies, Nicholas C. Burbules, Roy H. Campbell, and Masooda Bashir, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


This paper describes the rationale for and implementation of an experimental graduate-level cybersecurity ethics course curriculum recently piloted at the at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This case study based ethics curriculum immerses students in real life ethical dilemmas within cybersecurity and engages in open dialogue and debate within a community of ethical practice. We uphold the importance of preparing students for a future that is truly unknown and uncertain and note that this requires a push beyond some established curricular guidelines for cybersecurity that underlie a rule and compliance-based approach to ethics education. Details of the course layout are offered as well as results from a student-evaluation survey.

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@inproceedings {219744,
author = {Jane Blanken-Webb and Imani Palmer and Sarah-Elizabeth Deshaies and Nicholas C. Burbules and Roy H. Campbell and Masooda Bashir},
title = {A Case Study-based Cybersecurity Ethics Curriculum},
booktitle = {2018 {USENIX} Workshop on Advances in Security Education ({ASE} 18)},
year = {2018},
address = {Baltimore, MD},
url = {https://www.usenix.org/conference/ase18/presentation/blanken-webb},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},
month = aug,