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As educators we must never lose sight that information assurance is, in fact, a multidisciplinary experience. It is essential that information assurance students emphasize broad knowledge rather than the minutia of technology.

J.S Mill made the following observation about the nature of education:

“Men are men before they are lawyers, or physicians, or merchants, or manufacturers; and if you make them capable and sensible men, they will make themselves capable and sensible lawyers or physicians. What professional men should carry away with them from an University, is not professional knowledge, but that which should direct the use of their professional knowledge, and bring the light of general culture to illuminate the technicalities of a special pursuit. Men may be competent lawyers without general education, but it depends on general education to make them philosophic lawyers – who demand, and are capable of apprehending, principles, instead of merely cramming their memory with details. And so of all other useful pursuits, mechanical included. Education makes a man a more intelligent shoemaker, if that be his occupation, but not by teaching him how to make shoes; it does so by the mental exercise it gives, and the habits it impresses.” – J. S. Mill, Inaugural Address at St. Andrews, 1867. [Cahn, 1997]

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