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Cybersecurity Assessment Tools (CATS)

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To help universities better prepare the substantial number of cybersecurity professionals needed in America, this project is creating infrastructure for a rigorous evidence-based improvement of cybersecurity education by developing the first Cybersecurity Assessment Tools (CATs) targeted at measuring the quality of instruction. The first CAT is a Cybersecurity Concept Inventory (CCI) that measures how well students understand basic concepts in cybersecurity after a first course in the field. The second CAT is a Cybersecurity Curriculum Assessment (CCA) that measures how well curricula prepared students graduating from college on fundamentals needed for careers in cybersecurity. Each CAT is a multiple-choice test with approximately thirty questions. The project is currently performing psychometric evaluations of these two instruments to demonstrate their validity, quality, and value.

This project is a collaborative interdisciplinary effort by UMBC, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Minnesota, Duluth.