Practical Assignments in IT Security for Contemporary Higher Education

An Experiment in Exploiting Student Initiative
  • Alan Davidson
  • Kjell Näckros
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 237)


Modern university studies cater to large groups of students with consideable variation in background knowledge. This creates problems when designing viable practical exercises, not least for the subject of IT Security. We address these problems by creating a study environment within which students have the freedom to design and execute their own exercises. We suggest and test ideas for providing sufficient motivation and structure for student activity while minimising the need and cost for staff intervention.

Key words

IT Security Practical Assignments Pedagogics Constructionist Learning 


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Copyright information

© International Federation for Information Processing 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Davidson
    • 1
  • Kjell Näckros
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer and Systems SciencesStockholm University/Royal Institute of TechnologySweden

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