Jail, Hero or Drug Lord? Turning a Cyber Security Course Into an 11 Week Choose Your Own Adventure Story

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Abstract

In this paper we argue that narrative and story are important elements of gamification, and we describe a framework that we have developed which adds a story to an 11 week cyber security course. The students play the part of a new IT security employee at a company and are asked to complete a number of security tasks, for which they receive flags. The students can send the flags they find to a number of different characters to move the story along in different ways. As the story unfolds they find deceit, corruption and ultimately murder, and their choices lead them to one of three different endings. Our framework for running the story and the exercises is completely contained in a single VM, which the students each download at the start of the course. This means that no backend or cloud support is needed. We report on the results of qualitative and quantitative evaluations of the course that provides evidence that the story increased student engagement and results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 USENIX Workshop on Advances in Security Education (ASE 17)
Place of PublicationVancouver, BC
PublisherUSENIX Association
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2017
Event2017 USENIX Workshop on Advances in Security Education - Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 15 Aug 201715 Aug 2017
https://www.usenix.org/conference/ase17

Conference

Conference2017 USENIX Workshop on Advances in Security Education
Abbreviated titleASE '17
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVancouver
Period15/08/1715/08/17
Internet address

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgement This work was supported by the grant GEN1214 from “The Higher Education Academy”.

Publisher Copyright:
© ASE 2017 - 2017 USENIX Workshop on Advances in Security Education, co-located with USENIX Security 2017. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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