Teaching Context in Information Security




This paper discusses teaching the application of technical ideas through non-technical discussions, especially the use of puzzles to engage students. After discussing the need for teaching students to evaluate contexts in which decisions about computer security must be made, we suggest the use of questions and scenarios drawn from political science, history, and other humanities to force students to apply or derive principles of computer security to unusual and unexpected situations. Our experience shows that the students find the process enjoyable, stimulating, and effective.

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©2004 by the Naval Postgraduate School. This is the author’s version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Proceedings of the Sixth Workshop on Education in Computer Security, July 2004.