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Computer security simulation game at U.S. Air Force Academy challenges Colorado State students

April 1, 2010

A group of 10 Colorado State University students from three colleges will head to Colorado Springs on Friday for a computer security simulation game hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Assess security, issue a report

Students from the College of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Natural Sciences will participate in the simulation.

Some 70 college students from across Colorado are expected to attend CANVAS – the Computer and Network Vulnerability Assessment Simulation created jointly by Colorado State and the Air Force Academy.

In the game, students are “hired” by a fictitious chief technology officer to assess company security and issue a report at the end of the day to the CTO and to a CEO.

Explore website and data security

“We want them to explore how hard it is to break into and deface websites or into databases,” said Dan Massey, a computer science professor at Colorado State. “Students will learn to develop a report that is understandable, but not technically deep, for a CEO and a much more technical report for the CTO.”

Colorado State faculty advisors

Massey is a Colorado State faculty advisor on the game along with Professor Christos Papadopoulos, also in computer science, and Professor Stephen Hayne in business.

Other schools participating include:

  • Colorado College
  • University of Denver
  • University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
  • Metropolitan State College in Denver
  • Fort Hays State College in Hays, Kan.

Contact: Emily Wilmsen
Phone: (970) 491-2336