Dr. Simon invited to the National CyberWatch Center's curriculum standards panel

For release:  October 5, 2016

Dr. Judy Simon, professor in the Department of Business Information and Technology, was recently named as a member of the National CyberWatch Center's curriculum standards panel. The panelists are representatives from various universities and corporate communities. The National CyberWatch Center is a consortium of higher education institutions, public and private schools, businesses, and government agencies focused on collaborative efforts to advance cybersecurity education and strengthen the national cybersecurity workforce.

The current project, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, will extend the initial work of the Curriculum Task Force by applying psychometrically-valid instructional design techniques to develop a model learning taxonomy of declarative, procedural, and situational knowledge and corresponding skills and abilities. The model is intended to provide guidance toward standardization of cybersecurity curricula and to facilitate rapid prototyping, development and dissemination of adaptive, accelerated learning systems that substantially improve cybersecurity workforce capability maturity. Dr. Simon has served as co-director of the University of Memphis Center for Information Assurance from its inception and she has been active in efforts that have led to the University's certificates in Cyber Defense and Cyber Education.