The Siege of InfoSec: A Medieval Perspective on Information Security

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Information Security. It’s not considered the sexiest of topics, despite the news coverage it seems to be getting lately.

Just those two words can conjure up images of men in ties nagging you to update and patch your devices (because you should) or companies crashing and burning as they lose users’ data.

Frankly, using information securely is too important to let people ignore it due to its perceived lack of appeal…

As part of a push to make Information Security an easier pill to swallow, we pitched an event for the Festival of Creative Learning where we could use a topic people seem to find more interesting and apply it to Information Security, overcoming apathy with analogy.

So, what will happen?

You and your group will be set two challenges. In the first you will act as cartographers for the kingdom of InfoSec with one of you group playing the part of the Lord and the others as their trusted advisors. You will map out all the websites and organisations with whom the Lord may hold data and where they hold key data, forming the main city and the outlying lands.

In the second challenge you will then look at how they can defend these things from two types of enemies: Raiders and the dreaded Order of the Black Hats, a group that will use subterfuge, mercenary armies and even the plague to bring your harmonious Kingdom to its knees.

You will learn how best to protect yourselves as individuals online and what beneficial behaviours and defences are synonymous with medieval warfare (firewalls as moats and gates, anti-virus as guards and medics etc.)

Why should you come?

To engage with a key life skill for the Digital Age through collaboration, creativity and world building. You will get the chance to think strategically and see how the lessons of centuries past can be applied today. Most importantly: because it is fun, educational and free.

So come along, try something a little different and get an idea of the scale and safety of your digital Kingdom.

Event Dates:

Tuesday 20 February – 13:00-17:00 @ Room 2.13, 50 George Square. Book now.

Thursday 22 February – 13:30-17:30 @ Room 3.2, Lister Learning and Teaching. Book now.

 

David Creighton-Offord

Information Security Consultant – University of Edinburgh – January 2018

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