Cybersecurity Competitions in the Healthcare Environment
Wednesday, September 18, 11:55-12:45pm - Presentation

The cybersecurity field is dominated by men. Why? Does it begin with high-school competitions? The purpose of this project is to develop a cybersecurity competition that attracts middle/high school females into the field by moving away from "attack"/ "defend" terms in male dominated competitions to "protect"/"use" scenarios in a field meaningful to girls, health care. The project takes advantage of Marymount's programs in both information technology and health care management and its pool of graduate and undergraduate students. Graduate students in the MS in Healthcare Management/Information Technology program, under the direction of a Health Care Management professor, will develop the real-world scenarios to show the use and vulnerability of healthcare systems. Existing undergraduate IT/HIM courses (Computer Networking, Document Management, and Corporate Security), will create the framework to design, develop, and test the infrastructure and competition environment. A pilot competition will be held in the local area as part of a three day summer camp. This will include education and training in security and privacy under the direction of graduate students in the health care management and information technology programs. On day three, the young students will participate in the competition itself, either as "builders and protectors" or as "users" and "abusers". The undergraduate students will observe the competition and act as mentors. The competition event will be evaluated and the recommended improvements will be implemented through a new cycle of the undergraduate IT/HIM courses. Graduate students will prepare a curriculum guide for middle and high school teachers and club advisors to be distributed at least 60 days before the competition so that they can prepare students for the competition at their own schools. A second competition will be held on a Saturday in February. Finally, an evaluation will be conducted in collaboration with Marymount's Office of Institutional Effectiveness to assess the success of the project.