A Digital Lego Set and Exercises for Teaching Security Protocols

Author:
Weichao Wang, Aidong Lu, Li Yu, Zhiwei Li
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471.03 kB
Date:
01 July 2008
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To bridge the gap between the instruction of security primitives and protocols, we have designed and developed a digital Lego system and supporting course materials. Our digital Lego pieces are designed to use shapes to provide a generic representation of security protocols. With the automatic Lego piece generation and fitting method, we have developed a protocol demonstration and experiment environment that allows students to practice with these abstract concepts. The developed exercises will expose the relationship among security primitives and properties, and train students’ capabilities to design secure protocols under different requirements. Our approach applies the pedagogical methods learned from toy construction sets by treating security atomics as Lego pieces and protocols as construction results.

A Digital Lego Set and Exercises for Teaching Security Protocols