Title

Mitigating Cyberattacks: An Active Learning Instructional Case

Department/School

Accounting

Date of this version

2019

Document Type

Paper

Keywords

cybersecurity; Department of Defense CyberProtect simulation; hands-on active learning

Abstract

This article presents an instructional resource developed around the U.S. Department of Defense CyberProtect simulation. Students actively learn about cyberattacks and potential mitigation strategies when playing the CyberProtect simulation game. Students assume the role of a systems administrator purchasing tools and experimenting to defend against possible random cyberattacks for one round of simulation (approximating four quarters of a fiscal year). Results from a repeated measures study suggest that students significantly increased their level of understanding of cyberattacks by deploying more effective mitigation tools in the post test. Additionally, the majority of students reported that they enjoyed the assignment.

Published in

Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting

Citation/Other Information

An earlier version of this work was presented at the 2017 Joint Midyear Meeting of the AIS and SET Sections of AAA, in session 5.03 (http://aaahq.org/Meetings/2017/Accounting-Information-Systems/Program).

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