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Computer Science Teachers Need Cybersecurity Education, Says CSTA Industry Group

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The Computer Science Teachers Association is developing a cybersecurity certification program for computer science teachers.

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ACM's Computer Science Teachers Association (CTSA) is crafting a cybersecurity certification program for computer science teachers to provide tomorrow's workforce with vital knowledge and training.

CSTA executive director Mark Nelson says nearly 90% of middle school and high school educators who teach computer science lack computer science degrees.

This month, the group announced an eight-hour cybersecurity education certificate course, with a curriculum co-developed by CompTIA that covers authentication, best practices, compliance, encryption, governance, penetration testing, risk management, and security architecture. Teachers also must complete online cybersecurity career simulations and lead students in real-life mentoring before receiving the certificate.

In addition, Nelson says CTSA will team with instructional video maker LifeJourney on further cybersecurity education. Another goal is teaching gender, geographic, and industry diversity.

Similar educational initiatives are underway via the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education. However, the CSTA program stands out by being developed directly by K-12 teachers themselves.

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