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Naval Academy to Require Infosec Courses

Courses: Recognition of Risks; Network Defense
Naval Academy to Require Infosec Courses
The United States Naval Academy is revising its core curriculum and will require midshipmen, beginning with the incoming freshman class entering Annapolis this summer, to take at least two cybersecurity courses during their four years at the school.

Cyber 1, offered in the freshman year, will focus on recognition of risks and threats. Cyber 2, offered to juniors, will have a technical emphasis on network defense.

The offering of the two cybersecurity courses is the first significant change in the academy's core curriculum in about a decade, a spokeswoman said. To make room for the two cybersecurity classes, the academy will consolidate a naval warfare course into its junior officer practicum and substitute Cyber 2 for an information technology class.

It's been 15 months since the Naval Academy set in motion the process to add cybersecurity coursework to its core curriculum (see Cybersecurity Bowl: Army-Navy). In December 2009, then-Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler told the school's Board of Visitors that cyberspace will be the next battleground.

The Naval Academy in late 2009 created the Center for Cybersecurity Studies to promote the educational opportunities available to midshipmen, faculty and staff by supporting the study of cybersecurity and cyberwarfare, and to serve as a center for curricular innovation, community outreach and learning related to a broad menu of issues associated with cybersecurity and cyberwarfare, according to an academy fact sheet.

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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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