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3D Digital Legos for Teaching Security Protocols

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Executive Summary

The authors have designed and developed a 3D digital Lego system as an education tool for teaching security protocols effectively in Information Assurance courses (Lego is a trademark of the LEGO Group. Here, they use it only to represent the pieces of a construction set.). Their approach applies the pedagogical methods learned from toy construction sets by treating security primitives as Lego pieces and protocols as construction results. Simulating the Lego toys, the digital Legos use matching shapes to help students understand the relationships among security primitives and protocols. Specifically, they present a flexible Lego generation method that can use various intuitive shapes to represent abstract and complex security protocols.

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