Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

1205

Date

2014

Date of Award

7-23-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Computer Science

Committee Chair

Dipankar Dasgupta

Committee Member

Vasile Rus

Committee Member

Scott Fleming

Abstract

Puzzle-based learning has proven to result in a better STEM learning environment in mathematics, physics, and computer science. However, no significant work has been done in computer and cyber security, only the idea of using puzzles to teach cyber security has only been introduced very recently. We introduce two different puzzle designs, truth table based and decision tree based. In both cases participants have to make decisions according to their knowledge and scenario. We conducted some informal surveys and believe that such interactive learning will help students to understand complex cyber-attack paths and countermeasures for fraud detection, cybercrime, and advanced persistent threats (APTs). Participants 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 service. The survey result shows that the puzzle-based learning method has been beneficial for the students towards their learning.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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