Bridging the Gap: Adapting a Security Education Platform to a New Audience

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The current supply of a highly specialized cyber security professionals cannot meet the demands for societies seeking digitization. To close the skill gap, there is a need for introducing students in higher education to cyber security, and to combine theoretical knowledge with practical skills. This paper presents how the cyber security training platform Haaukins, initially developed to increase interest and knowledge of cyber security among high school students, was further developed to support the need for training in higher education. Based on the differences between the existing and new target audiences, a set of design principles were derived which shaped the technical adjustments required to provide a suitable platform - mainly related to dynamic tooling, centralized access to exercises, and scalability of the platform to support courses running over longer periods of time. The implementation of these adjustments has led to a series of teaching sessions in various institutions of higher education, demonstrating the viability for Haaukins for the new target audience.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON)
EditorsThomas Klinger, Christian Kollmitzer, Andreas Pester
Number of pages7
Publication date18 Jun 2021
Article number9453985
ISBN (Print)978-1-7281-8479-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7281-8478-4
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2021
Event2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON) - Wien, Austria
Duration: 21 Apr 202123 Apr 2021


Conference2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON)
Series2020 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON)


  • Active learning
  • Capture the flag
  • Cyber security teaching


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