Games For Cyber Security

Curated list of all the best games to help teach cyber security. This was initially presented at the 2019 NICE K12 Conference and we continue to keep it updated.

Games & Reviews

Cards Against Security

Board Game

This game is a remix of the popular Cards Against Humanity card game centered around security concepts. The adlib style cards have been reworked to introduce security terms and concepts.

Link: Board Game

engaging-easy

Security Cards

Board Game

Developed by University of Washington this game gives players an opportunity to explore cybersecurity threats from multiple perspectives. The cards have four categories: human impact, adversary’s motivation, adversary’s resources, adversary’s methods. Within these categories, the cards give example scenarios and ideas to jumpstart group games and discussion.

Link: Board Game

engaging-experienced

Dx03D

Board Game

A tabletop turn-based security game focused on informally introducing students to cybersecurity concepts. The flow of the game requires players to act as attackers at some points, compromising and looting the other team’s infrastructure, and as defenders other times, attempting to patch exploitations and secure against further attacks.

Link: Board Game

hard

Stratego

Board Game

Stratego is a turn-based strategy board game where opposing armies attempt to secure the other team’s flag. This game has a defensive and offensive component where you must strategize where to place your pieces and where to attack your opponent.

Link: Board Game

strategygame

Hacker

Board Game

In Hacker, players work together to solve progressively harder puzzles. These puzzles follow the flow of creating a program, attack incident and subsequent incident response. As the puzzles get more difficult other obstacles are added forcing players to continuously think outside of the box.

Link: Board Game

uneffective-hard

Harry Potter Escape Room

Escape Room

This is a 20 -25 escape room with 4-5 stations where puzzles are based on harry potter theme and have been designed with help of students

Link: Escape Room

engaging-easy

Cyber Threat Defenders

Board Game

This card game enables students to learn concepts but is hard to get started with.

Link: Board Game

hard

Harry Python

Board Game

The board game mimics the mind of a hacker (how they hack) and lets people be more observant to prevent from being hacked in the future. The board game is a circle with different colored spaces. Each color has a different scenario and hacking techniques that players need to learn and use to solve a problem(e.g. blue = cryptography, red = steganography etc.). By doing this we hope people learn about hackers and hacking techniques and will be vary about hackers the next time they are online.

Link: Board Game

student developed

Cyber Valley

Board Game

This Cyber Security based Oregon Trail game will teach players about cyber threats, the importance of having secured systems, and difficulties new businesses face. Along the way, players will also gain valuable teamwork, leadership, management, and communication skills.

Link: Board Game

student developed

Slyther-in-Code

Board Game

The project is Clue-hacker edition, and it informs about cyber security and hacking. In the game of Clue, there is one murderer, one weapon, and the room where it happened. Our version of Clue will include a hacker, method of attack, and the IP address of the hacker. The game raises awareness for cyber attacks; potentially, it has a positive effect on players. The goal is to make people aware of where they are putting their personal information. Our project will provide clues to a player to help solving the mystery of who, how, and where they got hacked.

Link: Board Game

student developed

Workshop Ideation & Feedback

Following are comments around ideation and next steps which we recorded in our Dec 10, 2019 workshop at NICE K12 Conference.

  • Puzzle chain websites with puzzles that can be completed passively
  • Introduce concepts with a board game during onboarding to students in 1hr block to talk about security
  • Mini competitions with clubs in our school
  • Haunted house escape room at our halloween celebration
  • Individual points accumulaion plus point leaderboard for encouraging health competition & mentorship
  • Build a network domain using dice, winner is who can throw dice numbers in a range first (like 0.001.001.0)
  • Board game with ethical scenarios
  • Digital Forensic escape room
  • Incident response team ER
  • Create your own custom cipher code, someone else must decipher
  • Using virtual reality, a cyber security manager has to stop an attack by finding the right clues around the room using various tools & equipment.