Live Lesson: The EDURange Framework and a Movie-themed Exercise in Network Reconnaissance


Richard Weiss, The Evergreen State College; Jens Mache, Lewis and Clark College; Michael Locasto, SRI


Total Recon is a hands-on cybersecurity exercise designed to teach about network reconnaissance, using a movie theme to make it more exciting for students. Students use nmap and netcat (nc) to investigate hosts on a large network. The multiple levels of the game provide scaffolding that allows students with a wide range of preparation to play the game. The exercise is implemented in the EDURange framework, and according to our surveys, both students and faculty have found the exercises to be very engaging. This short paper describes both the EDURange framework and the Total Recon exercise.

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@inproceedings {205235,
author = {Richard Weiss and Jens Mache and Michael Locasto},
title = {Live Lesson: The {EDURange} Framework and a Movie-themed Exercise in Network Reconnaissance},
booktitle = {2017 USENIX Workshop on Advances in Security Education (ASE 17)},
year = {2017},
address = {Vancouver, BC},
url = {},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = aug