As part of reviewing the Cyber Initiative’s impact, the foundation commissioned grantee partner the Center of Long-Term Cybersecurity to conduct a comparative study of interdisciplinary cybersecurity education and curricula. The study compiled publicly available information about a selection of 17 cybersecurity degree programs offered by our grantee partners.

The study revealed important insights for university leaders to consider for the creation or evolution of interdisciplinary cybersecurity programs. Those include:

  • A need to bridge technical and policy approaches
  • Teaching programming through a security lens
  • Hands-on learning opportunities promote real-world skills
  • Programs should be globally scoped and teach students to apply foundational concepts in new contexts
  • A need for more policy in cybersecurity curriculum frameworks