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Wednesday, August 14

9:00am EDT

Engaging Students with Capture-the-Flag Activities in Class
CTF (Capture the Flag) is a gamified hands-on cybersecurity activity tracing its roots to the 1996 edition of the largest cybersecurity conference in the USA (DEFCON). We propose a 45-minute presentation to explain how we were able to successfully use CTFs during class time in an introductory course for computer science majors .  We have incorporated Jeopardy-style CTFs and lessons from the Virginia Cyber Range materials to engage students in learning basic cybersecurity concepts in the context of an introductory Problem Solving course. The presentation will cover how we applied different strategies to engage students with CTF activities. For example, we divided students into small groups and encouraged them to collaborate on CTF challenges that required them to solve puzzles by applying the knowledge acquired in the classroom. Specifically, in one of the CTFs the students applied their cryptography skills to decode hidden messages and acquire the flag. We will also discuss the results of our experience and key takeaways applicable to a wide range of teaching institution types. For instance, we observed that students reacted positively to the CTF challenges and some liked them to the point were they solved them just for fun. Finally, we will conclude the presentation by covering the key opportunities and challenges that would be relevant to those that are interested in adopting CTFs into their teaching practice.

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Andrey Esakia

Collegiate Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech
Education: Virginia Tech, Computer Science, PhD, 2018Appointments: Virginia Tech Collegiate Assistant Professor, 2018 - presentResearch interests: Computer Science Education, Mobile computingComputer Science Education Publications:Esakia, A., Niu, S., & McCrickard, D. S. (2015, February... Read More →
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Margaret Ellis

Assistant Professor of Practice, Virginia Tech
Margaret Ellis, M.S. is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of Computer Science in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. Margaret Ellis has a broad range of teaching and professional computing experience. She develops and implements curricula for key courses such as problem... Read More →

Wednesday August 14, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Room A

10:15am EDT

Hack the Classroom with CTFs: Hands-on, Gamified Cybersecurity Education
It's no secret there's a cybersecurity workforce shortage right now. According to Cybersecurity Ventures, there will be over 3.5 million job openings in the market by 2021. Moreover, it is a struggle to keep curriculum and classes up-to-date with such a fast-growing and evolving industry. As a result, we need to continue to find new ways to take difficult cybersecurity topics and make them more accessible to students as well as train them in the hacker mindset.

In this talk, Jake will explore how Cyber Capture the Flag (CTF) competitions can function as a key part of cybersecurity education and examine what makes a successful learning-based CTF. Using MetaCTF as a case study, we'll walk through how four Virginia students went from competing in CTFs to creating their own cybersecurity training company. Finally, we will end with some concrete ways to improve security education in the classroom to better train our future workforce.

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Jake Smith

Co-Founder, MetaCTF
Jake Smith is currently a rising fourth-year at UVA studying Computer Science and Cybersecurity as well as the Co-Founder of MetaCTF which makes cybersecurity more accessible for students and professionals through hands-on trainings and competitions. As a high school student, he discovered... Read More →

Wednesday August 14, 2019 10:15am - 11:05am EDT
Room A

11:15am EDT

Cybersecurity Curricular Guidance for Associate Degree Programs & Other Efforts
The  Association of Computing Machinery (ACM0 Committee for Computing Education in Community Colleges (CCECC) as formed a task force to create a cybersecurity curriculum guide for associate programs, based on CSEC2017 the first four-year Cybersecurity curricular guide. The first draft, StrawDog was released at the SIGCSE and public commenting occurred till April. The task force released the second draft, IronDog, for review and public commenting at the 3CS conference in July and presented the guide internationally at ITiCSE in July. This proposed presentation will

· review the current work toward associate cybersecurity curricular guidance to be known as CSEC2Y,

· review some of the Cybersecurity initiatives happening with ABET accreditation within computing programs (CSAB) for cybersecurity.

· offer resources for infusing Cybersecurity in IT, Computer Science, and Engineering programs

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Henry Coffman

Professor in Information Technology, Lord Fairfax Community College
Professor of Information Technology for 14 years and Program Manager for CAE2Y Cybersecurity Academic curriculum at LFCC. Henry also has 8 years experience at Interpol and 16 years experience with the U.S. Bureau of Naval Personnel Technology Service Organizations. Henry was also... Read More →
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Melissa Stange

Professor of Computer Science, Lord Fairfax Community College
Dr. Melissa Stange is an active member of the Association for Computer Machinery (ACM), Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), Women in Technology, National Cybersecurity Student Association, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), International Dyslexia Association... Read More →

Wednesday August 14, 2019 11:15am - 12:05pm EDT
Room A

2:20pm EDT

Cybersecurity Fundamentals - Pacing guide review and an Amazing Lesson for your students!
Are you looking for some usable teaching lessons for Cybersecurity Fundamentals?  If so, this class is for you!  We will go over the pacing guide that we used this past school year and will give you some lessons that are mapped to specific compentencies.  We will also talk about how we used the Virginia Cyber Range and the lessons learned.  This will be a fun, interactive session that you don't want to miss.  Join us!

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Jennifer Cramer

Teacher, Riverside High School
Jennifer Cramer worked in IT domestically and internationally for seventeen years and then switched careers to teaching for VA Loudoun County Public Schools.  She has taught various business and information technology classes for the past eight years and is a former Adjunct Professor... Read More →
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Kristi Rice

CTE Instructor, Spotsylvania County Public Schools
I teach Cybersecurity at Spotsylvania High School for Spotsylvania County Public Schools

Wednesday August 14, 2019 2:20pm - 3:10pm EDT
Room A

3:20pm EDT

Who's Down With IoT? Yeah, You Know Me!
This is an introductory, high school level Cybersecurity presentation on IoT. This module focuses on exploration and discovery as well as research. Music is used to connect with the audience and provides an engaging experience transitioning into the lesson activity, focusing on the chorus line or a music parody using cyber terminology. Participants will walk away with lesson plans and resources.

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Natalie Walden

Cybersecurity Teacher, Potomac Senior High School
I am a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in Business Administration. My secondary education credentials  are from the University of Virginia School of Continuing Professional Studies in Business and Information Technology. I've been teaching for 22 years and this... Read More →

Wednesday August 14, 2019 3:20pm - 4:10pm EDT
Room A