June 8, 2017 – Laurin Buchanan, Principal Investigator for cyber security education research at Secure Decisions, will be presenting about recent innovations in cyber security education at the 21st Colloquium for Information Systems Security Educators (CISSE) in Las Vegas, NV.
Ms. Buchanan’s presentation on Tuesday, June 13th will discuss the motivations for Comic-BEE, a web application for creating and using branching web comics for cyber security education and evaluation, based on research sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate, Cyber Security Division (DHS S&T/CSD). The talk will highlight the pedagogical theories that support this approach and explore diverse ways this technology could be used for learning and evaluation both in and out of the classroom.
In a separate talk at CISSE on June 12th, Ms. Buchanan will discuss the BIGSCE project, funded by the National Science Foundation, to explore how Comic-BEE can inform the development of new approaches to teaching and learning cyber security, particularly with middle school children. The roundtable discussion will review initial findings from the project’s first student cohort and some of the challenges encountered in the first year.
Ms. Buchanan is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with over 20 years of experience managing, securing and defending corporate networks, and nearly 10 years working on cyber security R&D projects. Her current R&D portfolio focuses on cybersecurity education and evaluation, understanding and improving cybersecurity decision processes, and cyber mission assurance. She is an active member of NIST’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Working Group and is a frequent speaker at cybersecurity conferences and events.
To register or find more information about the 21st Colloquium, please visit https://cisse.info.
Secure Decisions was created as a division of Applied Visions, Inc., with the intent to develop products related to national security, including network defense, infrastructure protection, cyber security, intelligence analysis, and data visualization. Secure Decisions develops tools for decision-makers to appropriately analyze large amounts of complex data, and to provide cutting-edge security measures to protect their proprietary information. Many of their products were developed under contract from federal and state governments or governmental agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and DARPA.