Cybersecurity Pathways in Protective Services
Cal Poly Pomona
Presentation Category:California Partnership Academy Model
This presentation will be addressing the changing nature of the Protective Services pathway and an update in the Model Curriculum Standards for Career Technical Education in California. Protective Services now must consider cyber space as a new public space where citizenry may be vulnerable to criminal activity. Unfortunately, the criminal element has outpaced public safety agencies in terms of their abilities and tactics. This workshop is an attempt to introduce teachers in the Protective Services pathway and in Career Technical Education in general to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) which is an approach that will keep students safe online and interest them in cyber security and STEM. In addition, during the revision of the model curriculum standards currently underway it was decided to address student safety under Web Based Communications (Social Media). This Communication Standard has a performance indicator that states "Advocate and practice safe, legal and responsible use of digital media information and technology". This presentation addresses this very point. The message of staying safe in cyber space should be added to the existing sector focus of public safety goals found in police and fire safety and is a logical updating of the mission of the Protective Services pathway education.