“There is a whole set of things they need to see before it means anything. I plan to give the students enough information so that when we talk about case studies, they actually mean something. The students should be able to assess risk related to online behaviors. For example, should I use a password manager or not? Why?”
He points out, “Cybersecurity is something we will all need to think about much more going forward. It [the course] seemed like a natural fit given the headlines.”
If there is a downside, Lombardi says, it’s that someone might think the students can misuse the computers. “But I look at it in the same way as a student taking an archery class. And I explain why they shouldn’t try to hack a computer, and all the ethics behind it. Another thing to keep in mind is, most things they could look up themselves on the internet. Hacking techniques are not exactly hidden.”
Before he arrived at Eckerd in 2022, Lombardi taught information security management at the University of the Virgin Islands. He also taught a course called Spies Like Us at Washington & Jefferson College that covered computer security.
In 2008, he taught information systems at the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he developed a service learning and outreach program in which information technology students provided basic computer training and support services for Bosnian war widows, so they could communicate with their remaining family members.