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Self-assessment of Knowledge Levels in the Subjects of Cyber Attacks and Defense in a Cybersecurity Awareness Education Workshop

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Computing and Information Technology Division Technical Session 2

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Te-shun Chou East Carolina University

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Dr. Te-Shun Chou is a Professor in the Department of Technology Systems (TSYS) at East Carolina University (ECU). He received his Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering at Feng Chia University and both Master's degree and Doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering at Florida International University. He serves as the program coordinator of the Master program in Network Technology for TSYS and the lead faculty of Digital Communication Systems concentration for the Consortium Universities of the Ph.D. in Technology Management. He is also the point of contact of ECU National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). Dr. Chou teaches IT related courses, which include cyber security, intrusion detection and incident response, wireless communications, and network management. His research interests include machine learning, wireless communications, technology education, and cyber security, especially in the field of intrusion detection systems.

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Tijjani Mohammed East Carolina University

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Tijjani Mohammed is an associate professor and chairperson in the department of Technology Systems, within the College of Engineering and Technology, at East Carolina University. His areas of intertest include computer networks, digital and microprocessor systems, industrial control systems, internet of things, and STEM education.

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During the past couple of years, an online virtualized student-centric based learning system, Competitive Labs-as-a-Service (CLaaS), for cybersecurity education has been developed to prepare students with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. The system included ten identical learning environments that allowed for interaction among each environment, which made the learning system as a whole more like a realistic network environment. The system could be used in any cybersecurity related undergraduate and graduate courses. It would help students understand the latest cybersecurity technologies. Furthermore, it would provide on-campus and distance education students with opportunities to learn and practice cyberattack and cyber defense techniques used in the real world.

In order to maximize the positive impact of the system on cybersecurity education, a two-day workshop was held at East Carolina University (ECU) in the summer of 2019. The workshop was hosted by the Department of Technology Systems (TSYS) and executed in a train-the-trainer format. Nineteen college instructors from Southeast United States attended the workshop and participated in an exit survey. The survey included a set of categories each containing questions to evaluate the workshop design and whether the participants thought the system would be suitable and helpful to students’ learning cybersecurity. Based on the survey outcomes, the development team could then make proper adjustments to improve the effectiveness of the system. In this paper, the design of the workshop was described. In addition, the paper discussed the survey results and focused on the self-assessment of knowledge in the subjects of cybersecurity category.

Chou, T., & Mohammed, T. (2021, July), Self-assessment of Knowledge Levels in the Subjects of Cyber Attacks and Defense in a Cybersecurity Awareness Education Workshop Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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