Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 28

Volume 28 Number 1, Pages 21-42

November 2017


Learning Outcomes for Cyber Defense Competitions


Amy B. Woszczynski
Andrew Green

Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, GA 30144, USA

Abstract: Cyber defense competitions (CDCs) simulate a real-world environment, where the competitors must protect the information assets of a fictional organization. These competitions are becoming popular at the high school and college levels, as well as in industry and governmental settings. However, there is little research to date on the learning outcomes associated with CDCs or the long-term benefits to the participants as they pursue future educational, employment or military goals. For this exploratory research project, we surveyed 11 judges and mentors participating in a well-established high school CDC held in the southeastern United States. Then we developed a set of recommended learning outcomes for CDCs, based on importance of the topic and participant preparedness for future information-security related endeavors. While most previous research has focused on technology issues, we analyzed technological, human, and social topics, to develop a comprehensive set of recommendations for future CDCs.

Keywords: Cyber defense competition, Learning goals & outcomes, Cybersecurity, Information assurance & security

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Recommended Citation: Woszczynski, A. B. & Green, A. (2017). Learning Outcomes for Cyber Defense Competitions. Journal of Information Systems Education, 28(1), pp. 21-42.