Engaging Digital Natives with Simulations in a Business Data Security Course


  • Wendy D. Ford Quee


To perform effectively, it is important for cyber security professionals to understand an organization’s goals and objectives. This paper discusses how CyberCIEGE, resource management simulation game, was used within a classroom setting to teach students about cyber security principles applied within a business setting. Digital game-based learning, which can be used to motivate and engage digital natives, was introduced into an information security course to provide students with more exposure to real world business issues. Student engagement with the simulation and student perceptions of the simulation are discussed. Findings indicated that while many students liked being able to solve business security problems in a virtual business setting, they also felt that additional help was needed to play the game effectively.