CTFs in the Classroom:
Repurposing Competitions for Measured Learning
Dr. Joshua Stroschein
Assistant Professor of Cyber Security
Dakota State University
Capture-the-flag (CTF) competitions provide dynamic, real-time environments intended to engage and challenge the participants. However, they are often not designed to be primarily educational, but rather participants learn as a by-product of their desire to complete a challenge. While engaging, this creates a dilemma in attempting to utilize a CTF in the classroom. Participants that are unable to receive assistance during a competition run the risk of being unable to successfully complete all learning objectives. This presentation will introduce a custom designed CTF framework that is freely available and aspires to solve many of the difficulties inherent in the current CTF space. This framework aims to provide an educational CTF platform through the use of a novel help system. This approach maximizes learning and student engagement, opening the utility of such frameworks to the classroom.
Presentation: 20-25 Minutes
Q&A: 15-20 Minutes