About Laurin B

Laurin is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and spent two decades managing IT operations and information security in the corporate sector, most recently for a Fortune 1000 company. She now uses that operational background in her role as Principal Investigator at Secure Decisions. In addition to leading the Comic-BEE project, she has received two grants for cybersecurity education from the National Science Foundation. A member of the NICE (National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education) Working Group, Laurin currently serves as a co-chair of the Competitions Subgroup. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the Cybersecurity Skills Journal.

Why use branching web comics for cybersecurity education?

By |2021-04-07T20:40:04-04:00February 6, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Nearly a decade ago, the Secure Decisions team created branching, graphic comics by hand for a cybersecurity education research project. The resulting web comics were well received but fairly expensive to create: each one took about a man month of time, and required both a graphic artist and a computer programmer to put together. Why did we spend all that time creating web comics for cybersecurity education? Stories are how we pass all kinds of knowledge on to children. And [...]

What is a branching web comic?

By |2021-04-07T20:41:01-04:00January 4, 2019|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Branching, interactive graphic stories –web comics– are a relative of “choose your own adventure” stories. Long a favorite of bored parents, these stories allow a child to make choices on behalf of a character, causing the story to follow a variety of branches that result in different outcomes. This form of interactive storytelling is best when served in images, sequentially presenting the images in the manner of a comic. A graphic story can be more informative than plain text, and [...]

Laurin Buchanan joins the CJS Editorial Board

By |2020-01-20T15:00:04-05:00October 18, 2018|Categories: Announcements|

Laurin Buchanan, Principal Investigator for Comic-BEE, has joined the Editorial Board of Cybersecurity Skills Journal: Practice and Research (CSJ), published by the National CyberWatch Center (NCC). The CSJ is a unique “hybrid-access” scholarly publication focused exclusively on cybersecurity skills and is the first publication to bridge the profession's theory-practice divide by publishing research on the theories, measurement methods, evidence-based practices, and effective pedagogy required for the skilled performance of cybersecurity tactics, techniques, and protocols. The journal’s goal is to improve [...]

Laurin Buchanan to speak at the 2018 CyberUSA Conference, Jan. 30

By |2020-01-20T14:53:16-05:00January 22, 2018|Categories: Announcements, Events|

Laurin Buchanan, Principal Investigator for Secure Decisions and an industry leader in cyber security education, was invited to speak at the 2018 CyberUSA Conference on January 30th, in San Antonio, Texas. Ms. Buchanan will be part of a panel exploring new advancements in cyber security education programs and practices. Moderated by Loyce Pailen, of the University of Maryland, Ms. Buchanan will be joined on the panel by Akhtar Lodgher of Texas A&M University’s Computing and Cyber Security department, and Matt Loeb, [...]

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