NCI Journal – Vol 2, No 3

Welcome to the third issue in Volume 2 of the National Cybersecurity Institute Journal.

These are exciting times in the cybersecurity community with news of ongoing cyber breaches, new legislation, and numerous meetings that seek to dissuade hackers from attacking our digital systems. Here at NCI, through our journal, we continue to increase awareness and knowledge of the cybersecurity discipline to help everyone better understand and meet the escalating challenges in the cyber community. In this latest issue, you will find seven informative articles from notable authors with a variety of perspectives on the field.

In our first article, Ping Wang presents us with “Project-based Curricular Service Learning for Cybersecurity Education,” a paper that proposes a project-based curricular service learning model to enhance education and career preparation in cybersecurity. Next, the team of Samrat Chatterjee, Ramakrishna Tipireddy, Matthew Oster, and Mahantesh Halappanavar provides us with their paper, “A Probabilistic Framework for Quantifying Mixed Uncertainties in Cyber Attacker Payoffs,” which highlights the importance of quantifying several sources and types of uncertainty impacting cyber attacker payoffs (defined as a penalty or reward based on actions) within a problem space. In his offering, Chris Golden suggests that “Creating New Private-Public Partnerships in Cybersecurity” can help create an environment that fosters cooperation between the private and public arenas and might create a larger incentive for businesses to join a cybersecurity partnership. Next, Debasis Bhattacharya and Debra A. Nakama discuss in detail the cybersecurity issues that relate to small businesses in their article, “Evolution of Information Security Issues in Small Businesses.” Aparicio Carranza and Casimer DeCusatis provide us with an interesting look at the flipped classroom in their offering, “Hybrid Implementation of Flipped Classroom Approach to Cybersecurity Education.” Malware is an ongoing issue, and Sean McVey presents an interesting look at it with “Malware Fingerprinting: Analysis of Tool Marks and Other Characteristics of Windows Malware.” Finally, we all recognize the importance of appropriate incidence response to a cyber attack and Austen Givens provides the reader with an in-depth look at it with “Strengthening Cyber Incident Response Capabilities Through Education and Training in the Incident Command System.”

The editors at NCI Journal believe these articles will continue to educate our readers and provide them with useful information that can be applied to their own systems and organizations to strengthen their systems cybersecurity.

The security of your digital system is of prime importance to you and your stakeholders, and we work continually to publish articles that you, our readers, will find helpful in your organization. Many thanks go to all the contributors, administration, and staff for their ongoing efforts to bring this latest edition of the National Cybersecurity Institute Journal to fruition. I look forward to your comments, suggestions, and future submissions to the journal.

Jane A. LeClair, EdD
Editor in Chief

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