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 New ISACA Teaching Materials Help Professors Develop Cybersecurity Courses 

Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (23 October 2014)—As companies face increasingly challenging cybersecurity threats, skills in this fast-paced field are in high demand. To help professors prepare students for work in a cybersecurity position, global IT association ISACA has released new teaching materials, including the Cybersecurity Student Book, presentation and teaching notes. These teaching materials are for ISACA academic advocates to use free of charge as part of their curricula.

Professors and other instructors can use the educational materials to clearly present cybersecurity topics that can affect all enterprises worldwide. The materials also align with COBIT 5, the internationally recognized business framework that helps companies better govern and manage their information and technology.

The ISACA teaching materials were developed by a team of international cybersecurity-focused academic professionals and practitioners, and cover:

  • Threat and  vulnerability assessment
  • Incident response
  • Threat, attack and defense  models
  • Cyber law legal principles
  • Security policy design, development, management and implementation

“It is important for students in this field to understand that cybersecurity is now an integral part of global business,” said Matthew Liotine, Ph.D., CBCP, CHS-III, CSSBB, MBCI, professor at University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, and chair of ISACA’s Academic Program Subcommittee. “ISACA has designed these teaching materials to help equip students with a body of knowledge that can be applied to meet the ever-growing information security challenges faced by today’s businesses.”

The teaching notes on threats, incident response and security policies are intended for use in undergraduate classes to introduce students to cybersecurity topics. The student book is designed for students who have a basic understanding of internetworked systems and common terms used in information systems and information technology.

Academic professionals can obtain the student book and teaching notes free of charge in the academic area of ISACA’s Knowledge Center ( by completing a brief questionnaire. A request on school letterhead is required for the teaching notes.

Additional academic resources provided by ISACA include the ISACA Academic Advocate program and the Academic Research page of the ISACA web site.

ISACA is a global association of more than 115,000 members and certification holders. It recently established the Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) to help professionals advance their cybersecurity careers and help professors and enterprises develop a strong cybersecurity workforce. Additional information is at



With more than 115,000 constituents in 180 countries, ISACA ( helps business and IT leaders build trust in, and value from, information and information systems. Established in 1969, ISACA is the trusted source of knowledge, standards, networking, and career development for information systems audit, assurance, security, risk, privacy and governance professionals. ISACA offers the Cybersecurity Nexus, a comprehensive set of resources for cybersecurity professionals, and COBIT, a business framework that helps enterprises govern and manage their information and technology. ISACA also advances and validates business-critical skills and knowledge through the globally respected Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) credentials. The association has more than 200 chapters worldwide.

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