Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 25

Volume 25 Number 3, Pages 201-210

Fall 2014


Teaching Information Security with Workflow Technology – A Case Study Approach


Wu He
Ashish Kshirsagar
Alexander Nwala
Yaohang Li

Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529, USA

Abstract: In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the demand from professionals in different areas for improving the curricula regarding information security. The use of authentic case studies in teaching information security offers the potential to effectively engage students in active learning. In this paper, the authors introduce the approach of using workflow technology to compose case studies to enhance information security education. This approach allows students from different disciplines to collaborate in a distributed computing environment in order to learn important information security principles. Two case studies simulating real-life scenarios, including one for an online banking system and one for an online grading system, are recreated within a laboratory setting using workflow technology and are then presented in information security classes. Our educational practice shows that the benefits of using workflow technology in information security education have been well received by students.

Keywords: Workflow technology, Case-based learning, Case-based instruction, Case study, Security

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Recommended Citation: He, W., Kshirsagar, A., Nwala, A., & Li, Y. (2014). Teaching Information Security with Workflow Technology – A Case Study Approach. Journal of Information Systems Education, 25(3), pp. 201-210.