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Embracing the Kobayashi Maru

2011/11/22

It seems that I am not the only one who has thought† that the Kobayashi Maru can be used in a cyber security context. “Embracing the Kobayashi Maru: Why You Should Teach Your Students to Cheat” describes the tricks employed by the students when they were given a very short notice to memorize the first 100 digits of π and then write them down. The students were allowed to cheat, but if they were caught they would fail the exercise. This as part of a class that aims to help students build adversarial thinking.

While the discussed solutions were indeed innovative, I strongly believe that the average Greek University student would come up easily with a few working plans :) Next time, if the authors want to make the exercise harder, they should use the previous students as proctors and grade them too. That would develop adversarial thinking even further and could become the Prison Experiment for cyber security.

Hat tip to GK for showing me the article!


[†] – Cyberdefense and the Kobayashi Maru.

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