Information Systems Education Journal

Volume 16

V16 N6 Pages 23-30

December 2018

Infrastructure Tools for Efficient Cybersecurity Exercises

Jim Marquardson
Northern Michigan University
Marquette, MI 49855, USA

Abstract: Academics are responding to the call from industry for graduates armed with cybersecurity skills. A common challenge that educators face is creating effective cybersecurity curriculum that prepares students with practical skills upon graduation. While hands-on exercises are a powerful method for teaching and assessing cybersecurity skills, these exercises can be difficult to create, require large infrastructure investment, or waste valuable learning time simply configuring the learning environment. In recent years, industry has demanded increased infrastructure automation. These tools have matured and help make provisioning and configuring hardware and software easier. Infrastructure automation tools can help cybersecurity educators create exercises that can scale without adding substantial burden on the educators.

Keywords: Cybersecurity, Infrastructure automation, curriculum design and development, Computer security

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Recommended Citation: Marquardson, J. (2018). Infrastructure Tools for Efficient Cybersecurity Exercises. Information Systems Education Journal, 16(6) pp 23-30. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of EDSIGCON 2017)