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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 a 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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