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Visible to the public SaTC: EDU: Cybersecurity Education Using Interactive Storytelling with Social Robots

Children ages 8-12 spend an increasingly large amount of time online consuming digital media on computers, tablets and smartphones. Educating children at an early age of the dangers that exist online is critical for safeguarding against such dangers and helping children become responsible digital citizens. This project will develop and implement a promising approach to cybersecurity education that utilizes interactive stories to advance children's learning of online safety, privacy and security.

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Visible to the public SaTC: EDU: RUI: Enabling a New Generation of Experts by Finding and Fixing Students' Persistent Misconceptions

The stream of high-profile computer security breaches resulting from errors well-known to security experts provides an opportunity to improve cybersecurity education to effectively prepar the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. Students have deeply ingrained misconceptions about how computer security ought to work, and students rely on this false intuition when reasoning about security. The goal of this project is to develop a series of active learning exercises, that use videos, and hands-on exercises, to address these misconceptions.

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Visible to the public SaTC: EDU: Collaborative: Incorporating Sociotechnical Cybersecurity Learning Within Undergraduate Capstone Courses

All technology professionals require basic proficiency in cybersecurity. However, typical computing curricula do not require any courses in cybersecurity. As a result, a majority of students graduate without any proficiency in cybersecurity relevant to the systems they will develop and use when they join the workforce. Moreover, cybersecurity electives often cover only technical topics, and technology professionals must understand how cybersecurity is influenced by social factors.

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Visible to the public SaTC-EDU: PHIKS - PHysical Inspection and attacKs on electronicS

The hardware security community has grown significantly over the past decade. However, research on the most advanced topics such as reverse engineering, physical attacks, and counterfeit detection remains stuck in the early stages of investigation and/or development. First, owning and maintaining the required instrumentation is too prohibitive for academia, thereby limiting research to a few focused labs in industry and government.

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Visible to the public SaTC: EDU: Game-Based Cyber Security Education on Anonymous Communication

Anonymity networks, networks that allow users to remain anonymous, are becoming increasingly popular. It has been reported that Tor, a second the second generation anonymity network, has about 1.2 million regular users. Although research efforts have generated important results regarding anonymous communication, and that anonymity networks are widely adopted by Internet users, the education on anonymous communication is very limited. This project will develop and implement a curriculum that will teach students the basics of anonymity networks using game-based learning.

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Visible to the public SaTC: EDU: CyCAD: A Virtual Platform for Cybersecurity Curriculum on Analog Design

The understanding of the hardware security of digital systems has gained significant maturity through research and curriculum development. However, most cybersecurity curricula fail to cover these threats. This project will develop a virtual platform for a cybersecurity curriculum on analog design (CyCAD). The curriculum will feature hands-on learning through planned activities, assessments, and projects on CyCAD test boards.

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Visible to the public SaTC: EDU: Collaborative: Curriculum to Broaden Participation in Cybersecurity for Middle School Teachers and Students (CyberMiSTS)

The Curriculum to Broaden Participation in Cybersecurity for Middle School Teachers and Students (CyberMiSTS) project will develop and pilot summer workshops that provide middle school Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to actively engage their students and expose them to cybersecurity concepts and careers. Bringing in cybersecurity expertise from a variety of sources, the CyberMiSTS curriculum will be accessible to middle school students and teachers because it will emphasize the important role of humans in cybersecurity.

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Visible to the public SaTC: EDU: Collaborative: Curriculum to Broaden Participation in Cybersecurity for Middle School Teachers and Students (CyberMiSTS)

The Curriculum to Broaden Participation in Cybersecurity for Middle School Teachers and Students (CyberMiSTS) project will develop and pilot summer workshops that provide middle school Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to actively engage their students and expose them to cybersecurity concepts and careers. Bringing in cybersecurity expertise from a variety of sources, the CyberMiSTS curriculum will be accessible to middle school students and teachers because it will emphasize the important role of humans in cybersecurity.

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Visible to the public SaTC: EDU: Integrating Cybersecurity Education with Cloud Computing

Cybersecurity has been identified as one of the most serious economic and national security challenges the nation faces. However, current cybersecurity education has not kept pace with the rapidly changing world of modern computing technologies. This project will produce curricular materials that will allow instructors to teach cybersecurity as it relates to cloud computing environments. A set of reusable virtual platforms will be developed, that will be used by a wide audience to effectively learn network and system security in cloud computing.

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Visible to the public SaTC: EDU: Microlessons to Build Readiness in the Cybersecurity Workforce

Cyber threats to U.S. businesses and governments challenge both national security and industry competitiveness. Better solutions are needed for training the cybersecurity professionals who protect these networks, particularly the mid-career professionals who lack the time and resources to take courses. This research will develop and test the feasibility of using a smartphone application to deliver concise learning content, microlessons, in a user-tailored, coherent, and flexible way to support workplace learning about new cyber threats and ethical hacking procedures.