Cybersecurity Scenario Builder and Retrieval Toolkit

  • Guillermo Francia IIIEmail author
  • Tirthankar Ghosh
  • Gregory Hall
  • Eman El-Sheikh


Our ever-increasing dependence on information technology brings us to new crossroads and challenges confronting national security protection. Both private and public entities recognized these issues and are currently making progress toward addressing the problems of cybersecurity. A major component of cybersecurity, or any technical program, is effective training that could alleviate, if not eliminate, the threat imposed by the adversarial entities.

Training programs are guided by learning processes that could utilize passive and active learning strategies. While passive learning incorporates rote learning, active learning places more responsibility to students by engaging them in problem-based or case-based learning processes. The student is presented with interactive scenarios which facilitate the progression of the student toward a solution to the problem. In following the storyline, the students apply their acquired domain knowledge and critical thinking skills while receiving constructive feedback based on the decisions that they have made (Massey University of New Zealand, 2020).

Recognizing these needs, we initiated an innovative cybersecurity training and education project with the following objectives: to design, develop, test, and deploy a highly interactive, automated, and intelligent cybersecurity scenario builder and retrieval software toolkit for active cybersecurity learning; to build a virtual machine (VM) that will accompany each scenario; and to facilitate the deployment of the scenarios on a cyber range. Each scenario will be created using our novel concept: Open Virtualization Scenario.


Bloom’s taxonomy Curriculum development Cybersecurity Immersive training Learning process Scenario builder Software toolkit Student interaction Virtual machine Virtualization 



This work is partially supported by the Florida Center for Cybersecurity under Grant Number 3901-1009-00-A (2019 Collaborative SEED Program) and the National Security Agency under Grant Number H98230-19-1-0333. The US Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints notwithstanding any copyright notation herein.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guillermo Francia III
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tirthankar Ghosh
    • 1
  • Gregory Hall
    • 1
  • Eman El-Sheikh
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for CybersecurityUniversity of West FloridaPensacolaUSA

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