Comic-BEE is a National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) Champion! To help emphasize the role each individual plays in online safety and the need for everyone to take action, we are providing free access to branching, interactive web comics about cybersecurity.

Here are some ideas on how you can use the comics during NCSAM activities:

  • A ‘conversation starter’ for your NCSAM activity: start off by reading a comic about a related topic, explore different scenarios and see what happens with different choices, individually or as a group.

  • Continue your NCSAM activity engagement: send a link to a comic after your event and see if your audience can apply what they learned.

  • A game or challenge! Comic-BEE will provide up to 25 free challenges on a first come, first served basis. We keep track of each player’s choices and time, and then automatically score each player. Each free challenge has a limit of 50 participants; if you are interested in a larger group, please contact us directly.

    • We provide you with 50 anonymous access codes to distribute to your users.
    • Challenge participants will see their individual score immediately after playing the comic.
    • Complete scores and rankings will be emailed to you at the end of your challenge period.
    • You can manually create a leaderboard – players give you their scores as they get them.

Registration is required to access these comics – see the simple form below. Please allow 1-2 business days to receive your link to the comics.

Access to NCSAM comics will expire November 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST.

Cyber Hygiene: PROTECT IT

Robin, a middle school student, tackles topics such as passwords setting up home wireless routers, securely configuring a browser, cell phones and apps, anti-virus, and connecting to public WiFi networks. Can she help keep her family secure online?

Target: Middle school students and older, parents and grandparents

Time: 5 – 8 minutes

Supplemental materials:

Cyber Ethics in School

Seventh-grader Emma learns all about the challenges of ethics in the digital era as she campaigns for Vice President of her Student Council – will her campaign be a success or failure? You decide!

Target: Middle school students and older, parents and adults, educators

Time: 5 – 8 minutes

Supplemental materials:

A Day In the Life: OWN IT

An average day for a busy, modern family in today’s connected world reveals the cybersecurity challenges encountered by a middle school student. Online gaming platforms, cell phone apps, virtual home assistants and other internet connected home devices (the Internet of Things) means protecting data and privacy from threats such as phishing and ransomware – even kids can be affected by weak cybersecurity!

Target: 6-10 minutes

Time: Middle school students and older, parents and adults

Supplemental materials:

Cyber Crime Investigation

Join the cyber crime investigation team at the National Bureau of Investigations as they investigate the theft of millions of dollars from multiple banks. See how criminals’ “digital footprints” leave clues while you learn about some of the different cybersecurity work roles. See if you can catch the all the hackers and other criminals involved in this cyber crime! Based on the real world Lurk malware investigation.

Target: 7-12 minutes

Time: Middle school, high school and college students, adults

Supplemental materials:

Cyber challenges and competitions

To run a cyber game or challenge with one of these comics, please select the scored version of that comic in the form below.  You will receive a spreadsheet with 50 anonymous access codes via email.  We ask that teachers or organizers request access for their entire class / event and distribute the codes to students / participants.

When your competition is over, we will email you a ranked list of all scores. You may choose to have participants write their score down when they finish the comic, and use that to create a “leaderboard” onsite.

To request access, please fill out the form below

Cyber EthicsUnscoredScored
Cyber HygieneUnscoredScored
A Day In the LifeUnscoredScored
Cyber Crime InvestigationUnscoredScored
 
When do you want to use the comic? Select dates:
Week 1: October 1-5Week 2: October 6-12Week 3: October 13-19Week 4: October 20-26Week 5: October 27-31

Note: Requests for scored comics must be received at least 3 business days in advance of the start of your game or challenge.