Evaluating the Potential of Introducing Design Thinking in Cybersecurity Education / Design Thinking in the Context of Developing User Authentication Mechanisms

Azam, Samreen, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Earle, Joshua, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
Vrugtman, Rosanne, EN-Comp Science Dept, University of Virginia
Graham, Daniel, EN-Comp Science Dept, University of Virginia

The main focus of both my STS research paper and technical report is to investigate the impact of applying the design thinking paradigm in the development of cybersecurity products, especially that of authentication systems to verify the identity of users. Although the topics of these papers are very similar, there are a couple of important distinctions. Firstly, the technical report primarily details the practical benefits of this paradigm, whereas the STS paper explores how design thinking may affect social imbalances in cybersecurity. Another difference is that the technical report goes more in-depth about how software engineers can be educated on design thinking principles, and it proposes modifications to the curriculums of cybersecurity courses at the university level.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Cybersecurity, Design Thinking, Authentication, Education
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