Cybersecurity Pedagogy and Practice Journal

Volume 2

V2 N2 Pages 17-27

Sep 2023

Applied Steganography: An Interesting Case for Learners of all Ages

Johnathan Yerby
Mercer University
Macon, GA USA

Jennifer Breese
Penn State University
University Park, PA USA

Abstract: There is a need for interesting demonstrations to capture the attention of learners in the fields of cybersecurity and cyberforensics. The number of new systems and amount of data grows constantly and needs to be secured using cybersecurity proactively and cyber forensics reactively. There is a large and growing gap between people aware, interested, and skilled enough to meet the needs. The United States is working to create a pipeline of learners that go into cyber related fields. This case study is an example of an exercise that gains the attention, interest, and positive feedback of students from middle school to college graduates. The exercise is a demonstration of steganography and only requires a computer and free software. The activity is tailorable for each audience with little preparation. The concept is simple, take a file, hide a message inside that is undetectable, then have the learners find the hidden information using software and passwords. Although the exercise is simple, it effectively gains students’ attention and interest in the fields of cybersecurity and forensics and becomes the catalyst to have them imagine a new future. This case study discusses how to execute the exercise, the evolution of this exercise over the last decade, and how to use the case to allure new learners into the cyber field of study.

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Recommended Citation: Yerby, J., Breese, J., (2023). Applied Steganography: An Interesting Case for Learners of all Ages. Cybersecurity Pedagogy and Practice Journal2(2) pp 17-27. http://CPPJ.org/2023-2/ ISSN : 2832-1006.