The Center for Infrastructure Assurance & Security (CIAS) is committed to creating a culture of security through educational gaming programs. The CIAS conducts research into effective ways to introduce students to cybersecurity principles.
Cyber Threat Defender
The CIAS is proud to share that an electronic version of its popular collectible card game, Cyber Threat Defender, is now available to download! The purpose of the card and PC games is to provide a basic awareness of a number of security issues. The card game is a fun, multi-player collectible card game in which players build their networks while defending against realistic cyber-attacks. The game is being used in classrooms worldwide to provide awareness of security issues and techniques. You are encourage to learn how to defend your network with Cyber Threat Defender.
One of the latest games produced by the CIAS, Project Cipher, is a computer game that introduces cryptography to players using techniques for encoding and decoding ciphers, or secret communications, to either hide or discover information. While designed as a teaching tool for students in grades 4-6, Project Cipher is a great introduction to cryptography for all ages.
Pyramid of Knowledge
A testing tool that provides educators with the ability to build their own quizzes, Pyramid of Knowledge is a creative way to introduce students to cybersecurity principles through game play with its "Pyramid" quiz interface. This platform is designed to complement an educator's STEM programs.