Communications of the IIMA


As a field of growing importance, information assurance is dedicated to protecting our information systems and related assets. In order for this field to deliver on its promise, effective information assurance education, both in the classroom and beyond, is essential. However, relatively little empirical research has been done on the effectiveness of information assurance education in the classroom. Faculty developing and teaching information assurance curricula can choose from differing industry and government standards as well as a range of methods for delivering this education. As a first step toward building a research framework for better assessing the effectiveness of information assurance education, this paper describes an initial research study of information assurance curricula and related teaching methods. Surveys and interviews of faculty teaching information assurance were conducted to determine their assessment of existing standards and the best means for improving the educational experience for students. The results obtained provide the beginning of a framework for further research in this area.