Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2018

512  Texas Tech University  (73725)

Principal Investigator: Akbar Siami Namin

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 500,000

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 9/1/17 - 8/31/20

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: Computer Science

Department, Center, School, or Institute: Computer Science

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: CyberCorps: Capacity Building In Social Engineering Penetration Testing

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: National Science Foundation

Program Title: N/A
CFDA Linked: Education and Human Resources


1.3.1: The objective of this program is to investigates the human factors involved in conducting effective social engineering attacks and hence illuminates the social skillsets that professional and ethical penetration testing experts need to possess. The program develops a set of social engineering-based penetration testing toolkits along with lesson plans integrated with the skillsets devised for enhancing social engineering pedagogy. A well-designed human-based social engineering methodology will capture the human interaction skillsets that penetration testing professionals must learn. The highlighted skillsets will be incorporated into instructional modules and materials that can effectively train students and professionals in the principles of effective human and computer-based social engineering. The project builds instructional course modules and materials, based on the results of human-factor studies, and develops a new course to be offered at the university level. TTUs Institute for Measurement, Methodology, Analysis and policy will serve as independent evaluator and provide evaluation activities, as well as database management, statistical analysis and dissemination. There is an approved IRB protocol is in place.

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