Enhancing Cyber Security Education Using POGIL  NSF logo

Cybersecurity programs in universities and colleges need to produce cybersecurity professionals who not only have in-depth technical knowledge in cybersecurity, but also have “soft skills” including communication, enthusiasm and attitude, team work, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism. 

Cybersecurity Topics in POGIL  


Topic 1: Symmetric encryption

Topic 2: Public key encryption

Topic 3: Key Management

Access control

Topic 4: Discretionary access control (DAC)

Topic 5: Mandatory access control (MAC)

Network Security

Topic 6: Secure Network Protocols – IPSec

Topic 7: Secure Network Protocols – SSL

Topic 8: Firewall

Topic 9: Intrusion Detection Systems (IDSs)

Risk Management

Topic 10: Risk Analysis Part I and Part II

Web Security

Topic 11: Cross-Site Scripting & Defense

Topic 12: SQL Injection and Mitigation

Secure Coding

Topic 13: Buffer overflow

Topic 14: Input Validation

Topic 15: Integer Vulnerability

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