A smartphone app for enhancing students' hands-on learning on network and DoS attacks traffic generation

Zouheir Trabelsi, Mohammed Al Matrooshi, Saeed Al Bairaq

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5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Recently, smartphones have been growing increasingly in popularity within the student community. Hence, novel educational activities and tools, as well as learning approaches can be developed to get benefit from the prevalence of smartphones (e.g. mobility and closeness to students' daily lives). This paper discusses an Android mobile app, called Packets Generator, that aims at taking advantages of the benefits of smartphones and the best practices in learning information security, as well as promoting students' interests and increasing their self-efficacy. Packets Generator app allows students to further enhance their hands-on skills on network traffic and Denial of Service (DoS) attacks generation, using their smartphones, by practicing inside as well as outside the traditional desktop based laboratories, in the real-world environment; i.e., anywhere and anytime, at the students' convenience. Packets Generator app is freely available at Google Play Store. Based on statistics from Google Play Store, in about two years, the app turned popular with more than 50,000 downloads worldwide and around 3.73/5.0 users' rating. The impact of the app on the students' performance in terms of achieving the course outcomes is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGITE 2016 - Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference on Information Technology Education
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages48-53
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781450344524
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 28 2016
Event17th Annual Conference on Information Technology Education, SIGITE 2016 - Boston, United States
Duration: Sep 28 2016Oct 1 2016

Publication series

NameSIGITE 2016 - Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference on Information Technology Education

Other

Other17th Annual Conference on Information Technology Education, SIGITE 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston
Period9/28/1610/1/16

Keywords

  • Android mobile educational apps
  • DoS attacks
  • Network packet generator
  • Security handson labs
  • Smartphones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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