From the Director – January 2016 Special Edition

Posted: January 21, 2016 at 1:27 pm, Last Updated: January 21, 2016 at 1:31 pm

The CIP Report this month offers a focus on and updates regarding developments in Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience education. We believe the development of dynamic education programs is essential in creating leaders equipped to address the multifaceted challenges of critical infrastructure systems. As threats multiply and critical infrastructure systems become more interdependent, there is an ever increasing need for a skilled workforce with the creativity to assess complex threats, develop innovative solutions, and achieve effective resilience.

In our first offering, Robert McCreight, CIP Fellow, discusses strategies for using the academic environment to examine the scope and scale of infrastructure gaps, vulnerabilities, and requirements. Emilee Harris from Idaho National Laboratory provides insights in the growing cyber threat to industrial control systems and the available approaches for preparing and training personnel to deal with these challenges. Professor Ryan Baggett of Eastern Kentucky University presents an overview of classroom approaches for teaching security and resilience that directly engage students through the use of active learning strategies, such as roleplay and team-based learning.

Finally, we offer overviews and updates of George Mason University’s MBA program with Critical Infrastructure Track, the Center’s own innovation in the education space, as well as the Center’s partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Critical Infrastructure Higher Education Initiative.

We welcome your comment and insights into critical infrastructure education that this issue stirs. The education business is truly a collaborative art, in which the innovation of many colleagues yields quality programs. Thank you for your partnership and valuable thoughts!

Warm Regards,
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Mark Troutman. PhD
Director, CIP/HS


Infrastructure Educational Strategies: Understanding the Scope and Scale of It

Posted: January 7, 2016

Robert McCreight, CIP Fellow, discusses strategies for utilizing the academic environment to examine the scope and scale of infrastructure gaps, vulnerabilities, and requirements, as well as developing the understanding to prioritize systems and plan for solutions.

Success in Industrial Control System Cyber Security Training

Posted: January 12, 2016

Emilee Harris from Idaho National Laboratory provides insights in the growing cyber threat to industrial control systems and the available approaches for preparing and training personnel to deal with these challenges.

Integrating Active Learning into Infrastructure Security and Resilience Curriculum

Posted: January 15, 2016

Professor Ryan Baggett of Eastern Kentucky University presents an overview of classroom approaches for teaching security and resilience that directly engage students through the use of active learning strategies, such as roleplay and team-based learning.

The Critical Infrastructure Higher Education Initiative – Dynamic Resources for a Dynamic Field

Posted: January 20, 2016

Christie Jones, Education Program Manager, provides an update on the activities and resources of the Critical Infrastructure Higher Education Initiative, a partnership between George Mason University’s Center for Infrastructure Protection and the Office of Infrastructure Protection of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience: Educating the Next Generation of Private Sector Leaders

Posted: January 21, 2016

Mark Troutman, Director of the Center for Infrastructure Protection, details the latest efforts and curricula being developed by the Center for the George Mason University Executive Master of Business Administration degree program with a concentration in Critical Infrastructure.

Write to the Editors at ciprpt@gmu.edu