Teaching Cyber Security Through Distance Learning with International Students

  • Krzysztof Cabaj
  • Luca Caviglione
  • Patrick Georgi
  • Jörg Keller
  • Wojciech MazurczykEmail author
  • Andreas Schaffhauser


Cyber security is one of the most relevant parts of modern information and communications technology (ICT) deployments and it will further grow in importance in the future. Therefore it is necessary to develop proper courses and educational tools to train students with the required sets of skill. From the educational point of view, due to the international perspective of cyber security, encouraging collaboration among students from different nations is desirable. To address these challenges, we present the International Virtual Lab on Information Security, which uses and extends a revamped earlier lab infrastructure. The main goal of the lab is to enrich the student experience not only related to cyber security but also address cultural aspects which in distance education are seldom possible. To evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed platform, we performed tests with students from three different nations.


Cyber security education Distance learning Intercultural education Network security intercultural education 



This research was supported through the IVLIS project in FernUniversität’s Fileh Programme from November 2017 to May 2019.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krzysztof Cabaj
    • 1
  • Luca Caviglione
    • 2
  • Patrick Georgi
    • 3
  • Jörg Keller
    • 3
  • Wojciech Mazurczyk
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  • Andreas Schaffhauser
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Computer ScienceWarsaw University of TechnologyWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Institute for Applied Mathematics and Information TechnologiesNational Research Council of ItalyGenovaItaly
  3. 3.Faculty of Mathematics and Computer ScienceFernUniversität in HagenHagenGermany
  4. 4.Institute of Computer ScienceWarsaw University of TechnologyWarsawPoland
  5. 5.Faculty of Mathematics and Computer ScienceFernUniversität in HagenHagenGermany

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