From SU SEED Workshops, Cybersecurity Education Blooms

July 2, 2015

This past June, Professor Kevin Du hosted two three-day workshops to teach the ins and outs of a set of open-source, hands-on cybersecurity exercises developed in his lab at Syracuse University. Sixty attendees from colleges, industry, and branches of the U.S. military traveled to campus to be trained to incorporate them into their own teaching.

The workshops are part of Du’s ongoing effort to develop and share no-cost Security Education (SEED) lab exercises. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), he has created more than 30, covering a wide spectrum of security principles. During the workshop attendees were able to select which SEED labs they were most interested in and were instructed by Du and his students.

Professor Wu He from Old Dominion University lauded the experience, “I teach at least two courses and often don’t have time to update my own exercises, so it’s great to be able to use Kevin’s labs in my classroom. In my web development and programming courses, they will help me convey the idea that finishing a web application’s required function is not good enough—you have to address vulnerability as well.”

Du sees increasing the number of universities and students with access to the labs as a key measure of success, “By offering these courses to everyone, we are able to advance the educational experience for the next generation of computer security here in Syracuse and around the world. In these workshops, they learned 11 of the labs. Even if they take half of those back to their institutions, then it will have been a huge success.”

It is Du’s goal to reach 700 colleges and universities through the SEED workshops over the course of the next five years. They will continue to be offered annually for the next four years. Additional information, as well the full catalog of lab exercises, is available on the SEED Lab website or by contacting Professor Du at [email protected].