This document is designed to provide course designers and course accreditors with a manual to help them embed cybersecurity into degree modules and associated syllabi. Here five cybersecurity themes are described for inclusion into Computing Science and IT-related degrees, along with their associated core concepts, principles and learning outcomes.

Course designers can use this resource in five ways:







For accreditors, this resource is designed to provide them with concepts, examples and outcomes that can be investigated and assessed during the accreditation process.

  1. To validate that the cybersecurity content currently embedded in degree courses covers the material presented here
  2. To identify areas where their cybersecurity teaching can be further embedded, enhanced or strengthened
  3. To add the themes into non-cybersecurity modules (e.g. database or software engineering) offered as part of undergraduate degrees
  4. To add core concepts into non-cybersecurity modules offered as part of undergraduate degrees
  5. To create a cybersecurity module to complement embedded content that can be offered as part of an undergraduate degree.


PERSPECTIVES: Integrating Cybersecurity into Computer Science Curricula White Paper

In June 2013, members of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing met with UK-based professionals, all certified members of (ISC)², to discuss how to engage universities in the development of cybersecurity talent. The concern was that despite an undeniable skills gap within cybersecurity, it was not apparent that the subject was being addressed within computer science or computer-related degrees. This white paper summarises the findings from the June 2013 meeting, offering much needed context into why cybersecurity has become such a priority, growing expectations of the university sector, and the opportunities for computer science and computer-related degrees.