A CyberCIEGE Traffic Analysis Extension for Teaching Network Security
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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CyberCIEGE is an interactive game simulating realistic scenarios that teaches the players Information Assurance IA concepts. The existing game scenarios only provide a high-level abstraction of the networked environment, e.g., nodes do not have Internet protocol IP addresses or belong to proper subnets, and there is no packet-level network simulation. This research explored endowing the game with network level traffic analysis, and implementing a game scenario to take advantage of this new capability. Traffic analysis is presented to players in a format similar to existing tools such that learned skills may be easily transferred to future real-world situations. A network traffic analysis tool simulation within CyberCIEGE was developed and this new tool provides the player with traffic analysis capability. Using existing taxonomies of cyber-attacks, the research identified a subset of network-based attacks most amenable to modeling and representation within CyberCIEGE. From the attacks identified, a complementary CyberCIEGE scenario was developed to provide the player with new educational opportunities for network analysis and threat identification. From the attack scenario, players also learn about the effects of these cyber-attacks and glean a more informed understanding of appropriate mitigation measures.
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