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Project Overview

iSecure: Integrating learning resources for Information Security Research and Education

Sponsor: NSF
Period: Sep 15, 2012- Aug 31 2015
Collaborators: NJIT (lead), CUNY College of Staten Island, and Montclair State University

This collaborative project among three institutions (NJIT, CUNY/College of Staten Island, and Montclair State University) aims to facilitate the cyber-security learning and education for the millennium students, by designing methodologies and tools to link diverse multi-modal learning materials, according to security concepts and semantic relationships. Often the learning materials that may cover the same topic are scattered in slides, video segments, textbook pages, or syllabi. Linking these materials according to the security concepts supports students not only in searching for teaching materials but also in organizing their learning process according to security concepts. The proposed approach also allows students to personalize the learning resources according to the semantic and logical relationships.

This project combines five important areas of investigation into one single integrated set of activities. The four areas of investigation are:

  • Multi-media data processing for streams of video and audio data.
  • Software support for instruction and education at the college level.
  • Cyber Security Ontology development and use for semantic indexing of teaching materials.
  • Education in cyber-security to facilitate student engagement and to facilitate learning the knowledge and skill sets demanded by the US industry and society in general.
  • Evaluate the iSECURE Ultimate Course Search Tool (UCS)

Major Goals

The major goals of this project are as follows:
  1. Develop principles and innovative methods for segmenting multi-media educational materials in general and educational materials for computer security in particular.
  2. Develop new methods of creating cyber-security Ontologies that provide consistent semantics and vocabulary for searching and indexing cyber-security teaching materials.
  3. Develop a software tool that supports the building of ontologies by combining algorithmic methods for concept extraction from book indexes with a friendly user interface for a domain expert (called the “Ontology Validator and Extender”).
  4. Develop a new software tool that allows students of a cyber-security class to perform easy semantic search on multi-media educational materials (called the “Ultimate Course Search” -UCS). The semantic search will be enabled by the built-in cyber-security ontology. The tool allows students to selectively review teaching materials according to their particular needs, including answering their specific questions quickly by finding “the right segment” in mixed audio, video and PowerPoint data, providing what has been called “Just in Time Knowledge.”
  5. Develop Linked Learning Objects (LOL) to express the semantic and logical relationships among learning objects.
  6. Establish a new Information Security Research and Education (iSECURE) lab
  7. Develop cyber-security courses that can target Computer Science, Information Systems and Business students
  8. Evaluate the UCS tool by measuring the effectiveness of the tool in enabling student learning in cyber-security classes.
  9. Evaluate the ontology development and verification tool by measuring the agreement of a domain expert with structures proposed by the system.


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