Ttile: Puzzle-based learning in Cyber Security Education
Abstract: Different forms of puzzles are in existence for people to think, expand knowledge and stimulate their cognitive ability. Puzzle-based learning has proven to result in a better STEM learning environment in mathematics, physics, and computer science. However, no such work has been done in computer and cyber security. We recently introduced puzzle-based learning to basic cyber security education. We believe that such interactive learning will help students to understand complex cyber-attack paths and find countermeasures for fraud detection, cybercrime, and advanced persistent threats (APTs). Students will learn not only to protect a specific system but also an entire class of systems with different hardware/software components and architectures, providing similar services. We hypothesized different level of puzzles for introducing content knowledge i.e. puzzles have different difficulty levels like some popular games. We developed interactive puzzle-based learning environment for cyber security education, where the participants can take their own decision based on the options available. Some scenarios are created based on the real life events and depict some possible attacks. Participants are asked to find out existing vulnerabilities or best practices and how to avoid or address vulnerabilities being exploited. Their actions can lead to different states so to realize whether their response lead to any exposed state or data breaches. So the participants will know the consequences of their actions. This will give them an experience of the real world operation scenario beforehand.
Short Bio: Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta has been based at the University of Memphis, Tennessee as a professor of Computer Science since 1997. Prof. Dasgupta is the recipient of “2012 Willard R. Sparks Eminent Faculty Award” the uppermost recognition given to a faculty member by the University. He holds his study interests largely in the area of scientific computing, design, and development of intelligent cyber security solutions inspired by biological processes. Dr. Dasgupta is at the forefront of research in applying bio-inspired and machine learning approaches to cyber defense. Some of his groundbreaking works, like digital immunity, negative authentication, cloud insurance model, and Auth-Spectrum put his name in Computer World Magazine and other News media. Prof. Dasgupta is an Advisory Board member of Geospatial Data Center (GDC), Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2010, and worked on joint research projects with MIT. Dr. Dasgupta published two textbooks, two edited volumes and several co-edited journals and conference proceedings. His latest textbook on Advances in User Authentication is published by Springer-Verlag, August, 2017 (already having 2730 downloads according to Bookmetrix). Dr. Dasgupta's multidisciplinary research resulted in more than 250 publications with 15000+ citations and having h-index of 57 as per Google scholar. He received five Best Paper Awards at International conferences (1996, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2017) and two Best Runner-Up Paper Awards (2013 and 2014). Prof. Dasgupta received the 2014 ACM SIGEVO Impact Award, and also designated as an ACM Distinguished Speaker. Since 2007 he has been organizing Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Cyber Security (CICS) at the IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI) and annual Cyber Security Summit at Memphis. In addition to Prof. Dasgupta's research and creative activities, he also spearheads the University of Memphis's education, training and outreach activities on Information Assurance (IA). He is the founding Director of the Center for Information Assurance (CfIA) which is a National Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE-IAE) and in Research (CAE-R). He is leading the University's CAST (Cluster to Advance Cyber-Security and Testing) initiative (funded by the FedEx Corporation) in promoting cross-disciplinary information security research. He has been involved in forming the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC) and continually receiving DHS/FEMA projects. Because of the center's wide range of activities, the University of Memphis is in the forefront of information security research, education, and outreach in the state as well as in the region.