SPYPI - A SOLUTION FOR EFFICIENT AWARENESS RAISING IN EDUCATION
Technology has become integral part of the twenty first century. In our society most people deal with it on a daily basis - regardless of their job, age or interests. Technological innovations carry a huge potenial to do good, but they can equally become a risk to our safety, peace and privacy. Making sure, these innovations don’t become a threat, lays in the hands of various parties. Yet, every individual should be able to take responsibility for his/her security and privacy in the digital age. This requires people to be informed and aware of both - the benefits and the risks of modern technology. SpyPi wants to provide a platform to help schools and other institutions approach security awareness raising among teenagers and young adults. We want to supply young people with differentiated knowledge on this topic to give them not only the knowledge needed to contemplate privacy and security in the digital age - before they enter work life - but also essential information, necessary to discuss political subjects and our future. We put emphasis on fun and exciting teaching methods that meet the needs of students to ensure efficiency and sustainability in security awareness raising.
SpyPi's approach is a concept called role-reversal learning, which is known to enable critical thinking from multiple perspectives, help people to improve their understanding of an issue and train the ability to self-reflect. Tools on Spypi allow people to act as hackers, social engineers or data collectors to help them understand where dangers hide and how they can be avoided. When not being in the position of the victim but acting as the "bad guys" themselves, people become less anxious of making mistakes – since they are not expected to have any prior knowledge. On top of that, people are able to experience moments of success since the tools are exciting and easy to use. As a result people find themselves in a relaxed, positive learning atmosphere.
No. We do not primarily focus on how the attacks can be done nor do we encourage people to commit crimes. We mention which legal consequences such activities entail and our main goal is and remains to raise awareness. The reason why we let people test out these tools is because we believe that words are not powerful and interesting enough to efficiently convey the seriousness of the issue. We really want people to grasp why it is necessary to be cautious.
Yes, the tools on SpyPi are real. We want to avoid people from underestimating the actuality of these threads and therefore try to keep it as transparent and real as possible.
SpyPi should of course not become a thread to you and we try to make sure the device meets your needs.
At the moment SpyPi is still mainly a one-woman project maintained by Sarah Mühlemann the inventor of the device. We're trying to come up with solutions to make the project a bit more scalable. For the moment please stay patient, we're doing our best.
We do not want limit our audience. Anyone looking for a fun low-level security awareness raising platform is welcome to use it. However, the concept mainly focuses on education facilities.
Yes, the source code for the current SpyPi version will be available on GitHub as soon as the device is out.
KEY FEATURES OF SPYPI
Students test out tools & practices of black-hat hackers, social engineers and data collectors to better understand the power & dangers of modern technology.
The device has an interactive text-based user interface. Students actively take part and are able to interact with SpyPi indiviually and in smaller groups. SpyPi meets the user at eye-level.
A text-based user interface allows students to actively participate. The user interface is easy to use and matches the "hackerish" design of SpyPi.
A DESIGN WITH PURPOSE
We've tried to make SpyPi look as you'd imagine a hacking station to look like. Actual hackers do not use such fancy looking devices and we're giving a rather misleading image of hacking itself, however, SpyPi's design serves a pedagogical purpose: It motivates students to participate. Most of us dreamed of becoming one of those hackers we see in movies. The "hackerish" look fulfills these childhood dreams and gains the interest and attention of students. A fitting design is a crucial to the success of this learning approach.
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