ASSESSING STUDENT COMPETENCIES THROUGH A SERVICE-LEARNING PROJECT IN CYBERSECURITY
Faculty of Education, Curriculums and Teaching Department, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia, email@example.com
College of Computers in Al-Lith, Computer Sceince Department, Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
College of Education, Al Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt
Faculty of Engineering and IT, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Students with cybersecurity knowledge and experience are required to fill cybersecurity positions. Through service-learning projects, students can gain valuable hands-on experience working with experts from the industry, thereby contributing to shuttering the gap in cybersecurity expertise and preparing them for entry into the workforce. In this study, the perceptions of ten computer science students at Umm Al-Qura University were used to evaluate the benefits and engagement factors of real-world cybersecurity challenges. In addition, we determined required skills needed in the industry. Consequently, Umm Al-Qura University will benefit from service-learning projects by developing service-learning projects that benefit both students and the community.