Cyber-Securing Super Bowl 50: What Can a Live-Fire Football Match Teach Students about Becoming Better Cybersecurity Professionals?

Abstract:

The rise and regularity of cybersecurity incidents have increased the demand for trained workforce professionals. Institutions of higher education have responded by including practical hands-on exercises such as capstones, labs, and simulated attack-and-defend ‘Capture-the-Flag’ scenarios. Many degree programs also encourage students to gain experience via internships. This paper considers real-world experience gained by students through another means—by assist- ing law enforcement personnel in defending Super Bowl 50 cyberspace. This annual game, with high security requirements and international prominence, provided a unique opportunity to reflect whether ‘live-fire’ experiences can improve technical and professional skill sets of students who are emerging from higher-education into the workforce.


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Photo of Dr. Matthew Bovee

Computer Science/Computer Security & Information Assurance School of Business & Management Norwich University
United States

Dr. Matthew Bovee is the Associate Director of the Computer Science/Computer Security & Information Assurance program at the Norwich University School of Business & Management. As Lecturer there, he teaches general and specialist courses in computer science, digital forensics, and computer security.  In addition to cyber security and digital forensics, Dr. Bovee’s background includes research, publications, and degrees in accounting and information systems and exercise physiology.

Photo of Dr. Huw Read

Computer Science/Computer Security & Information Assurance School of Business & Management Norwich University
United States

Dr. Huw Read is an associate professor at Norwich University and the director for the Centre of Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics (NUCAC-DF). Dr. Read began his academic career in 2004 at the University of South Wales (UK) and has taught several specialist courses in digital forensics and cyber security.  For over ten years, he has worked alongside industry as well as government on a number of cyber-related projects, partnering with diverse teams to design solutions to complex security problems. Dr. Read is actively engaged in research and scholarship within the field, having published a number of research articles in journals and spoken at various cyber-related conferences.

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