Hacking an IoT Home

New opportunities for cyber security education combining remote learning with cyber-physical systems.



In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic led to a dramatic shift in educational practice, whereby home-schooling and remote working became the norm. Many typical schools outreach projects to encourage uptake of learning cyber security skills therefore were put on hold, due to the inability to physical attend and inspire.


In "Hacking an IoT Home": New opportunities for cyber security education combining remote learning with cyber-physical systems, the authors describe a new approach to teaching cyber security with a view of inspiring a new generation of learners to the subject.


Design with Ease

Traditional Capture-The-Flag exercises are widely used in cyber security education, whereby a series of challenges are completed to gain access and obtain a passphrase from a computer system.

The authors couple traditional capture the flag objectives with interactive sessions made possible via video conferencing platforms such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom, along with the very nature of being in the home environment, where home IoT devices are now commonplace.


An integrated CTF for the home IoT environment has been developed, where students can observe the impact of submitting flags via online video, to physical adjust the home environment - ranging from switching off lights, playing music, or controlling an IoT-enabled robot.


The result is a highly interactive and engaging experience that benefits from the very nature of remote working, inspiring the notion of "hacking an IoT home".


Article Source: https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/7337416


Citation

Legg, P., Higgs, T., Spruhan, P., White, J., & Johnson, I. (2021). "Hacking an IoT Home": New opportunities for cyber security education combining remote learning with cyber-physical systems. In 2021 International Conference on Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics and Assessment (CyberSA) https://doi.org/10.1109/CyberSA52016.2021.9478251


Conference Name: 2021 International Conference on Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics and Assessment, CyberSA 2021


Start Date: Jun 14, 2021

End Date: Jun 18, 2021

Acceptance Date: Apr 16, 2021

Online Publication Date: Jul 12, 2021

Publication Date: Jul 12, 2021

Deposit Date: May 4, 2021

Publicly Available Date: Aug 13, 2021

Book Title: 2021 International Conference on Cyber Situational Awareness, Data Analytics and Assessment (CyberSA)

ISBN: 9781665430920

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/CyberSA52016.2021.9478251

Public URL: https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/7337416

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