Teaching Expert Development Project by KOSEN Security Educational Community

Keiichi Yonemura, Shinya Oyama, Hideyuki Kobayashi, Satoru Yamada, Keiichi Shiraishi, Satoru Izumi, Tatsuki Fukuda, Hiroyuki Okamoto, Manabu Hirano, Youichi Fujimoto, Hideaki Moriyama, Yoshinori Sakamoto, Jun Sato, Kentaro Noguchi, Hisashi Taketani, Seiichi Kishimoto

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Cyber-attacks are on the rise, and the advent of COVID-19 has changed work styles, leading to an increase in cyber-attacks targeting remote workers. This situation is the same in the world and in Japan, and the development of cyber security personnel and their training to face the attackers who can respond to the social situation is desired all over the world. The National Institute of Technology (KOSEN) is known not only in Japan but also in the world as the only institution of higher learning in the world where students can freely study engineering for five years from the age of 15. The technical framework of cybersecurity and the KOSEN education, which is based on the acquisition of practical skills, go hand in hand, and KOSEN is an important higher education institution that plays a part in the cybersecurity human resource development strategy in Japan. In 2015, KOSEN launched the KOSEN Security Educational Community (K-SEC) to initiate cybersecurity education for KOSEN students. This project has two objectives: one is to develop excellent cyber security personnel for qualitative improvement. The second is to develop a large number of KOSEN students who have systematically acquired security knowledge for the purpose of quantitative expansion. In 2019, a new project, Highly Advanced Cybersecurity for KOSEN (HACK), was launched within K-SEC to accelerate the achievement of the two objectives of K-SEC. HACK is a project based on a simple idea: to strengthen KOSEN faculty in order to develop strong students with practical cybersecurity skills. Participating faculty members will develop cyber range materials. The development of the cyber range will contribute to the understanding of both attacker and defender scenarios and the acquisition of advanced security knowledge and skills. In the previous paper, we reported on the results of the first year of HACK (2019). The faculty development plan, which mainly focused on cyber range development, contributed to the motivation and skill development of the faculty. The cyber range as a deliverable was also obtained. This paper reports on the outcomes of the second year (2020) of HACK activities. Within the faculty development plan, which mainly focused on cyber range development as in the first year, we used the deliverables of the first year to give lectures to KOSEN students to measure the educational effects. During the cyber range development, there were some knowledge and skills that the faculty intended to have the KOSEN students improve their skills. Therefore, the focus of the study was to see if the faculty members' intended skills would be improved when they gave lectures to the KOSEN students using the teaching materials. As it turned out, we were able to achieve this goal, and we were able to improve the skills of the KOSEN students as intended by the faculty. Furthermore, it was not only possible to control the skills to be improved by the content of the teaching materials, but also by the way the lectures were delivered. In addition, by selecting the theme of the cyber range development, we were able to achieve the intended skill improvement for the faculty. Through the implementation of HACK until the second year, we were able to identify many factors for skill improvement. In the third and fourth years of the program, we will continue to look for factors that can be used to further improve specific skills, and at the same time, we will explore the relationship with motivation, which is expected to contribute greatly to educational effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2022 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2022
EditorsMohammed Jemni, Ilhem Kallel, Abdeljalil Akkari
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781665444347
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event13th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2022 - Tunis, Tunisia
Duration: 2022 Mar 282022 Mar 31

Publication series

NameIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON
ISSN (Print)2165-9559
ISSN (Electronic)2165-9567


Conference13th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2022


  • Cyber Range
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Education
  • Faculty Development
  • Teaching Material

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management
  • Education
  • Engineering(all)


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