Abstract: Effective cybersecurity education requires offering hands-on exercises in addition to lecture-based learning. The study provides insights into the challenges of cybersecurity hands-on education and offers a pathway for developing better cybersecurity educational materials. The fast-paced nature of the cybersecurity field makes it difficult for educators to keep up and create realistic exercises. Hence, there is a need for a common framework that would enable educators to produce more usable and effective cybersecurity hands-on educational resources, avoiding the reinvention of the proverbial wheel. In this work, we developed criteria to categorize and evaluate existing cybersecurity education resources based on their technical and educational characteristics. We analyze and evaluate four existing cybersecurity resources and provide critical remarks on their usability and effectiveness. Finally, we propose recommendations for developing new cybersecurity labs or exercises as well as designing cybersecurity platforms.
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Recommended Citation: Ibrahim, A., Ford, V., (2023). Recommendations for Developing More Usable and Effective Hands-on Cybersecurity Education Materials Based on Critical Evaluation Criteria. Cybersecurity Pedagogy and Practice Journal2(2) pp 68-81. http://CPPJ.org/2023-2/ ISSN : 2832-1006.