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    Mapping cyber-enabled roles to CyBOK knowledge areas through cooperative inquiry

    Attwood, Samuel ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8140-6157 and Kharel, Rupak (2023) Mapping cyber-enabled roles to CyBOK knowledge areas through cooperative inquiry. Technical Report. University of Bristol/Bristol Cyber Security Group.

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    Background: The UK Cyber Skills Gap stifles economic growth and amplifies the risk of cyber-attacks. The gap is known to be an issue for cyber-enabled practitioners – whose primary responsibilities are not related to Cyber Security – as well as practitioners whose primary responsibilities are related to Cyber Security. Objective: We aim to map cyber-enabled job roles to knowledge areas within the Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK). In doing so, we aim to raise awareness and adoption of the CyBOK amongst cyber-enabled practitioners, which will help to address the UK Cyber Skills Gap. Method: We held a mapping workshop with cyber-enabled practitioners and worked together to map their job roles to the CyBOK. After the workshop, we created resources and held a showcase event to disseminate the mappings to a wider audience of cyber-enabled practitioners. Results: We present the mappings as results alongside an evaluation of the mapping workshop we held. Together, these results demonstrate the value of holding further mapping workshops (using session plans and supplementary resources we have created). Conclusion: Further work is needed to build upon the preliminary mappings presented in this report. We recommend that the workshop resources we have developed and trialed are used to co-produce mappings with a greater quantity and variety of cyber-enabled practitioners.

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