Mark Gondree

I am an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Sonoma State University. My work relates to CS education and computer security. I am a lead of the TableTopSecurity research project.

Recent News



SSU joins NCWIT

I recently helped SSU become a member of the Academic Alliance of the National Center for Women & Information Technology. Our goal is for our SSU's CS population to reflect SSU's diversity. As a step toward this goal, I am the PI on a CSU CRT grant related to improvements of our introductory CS course, intended to address factors contributing to an achievement gap. I am excited to begin this important work and join this tremendous community.


Paper at CSET'15: Experiences with using ARG elements in security education

Our experiences on using narrative-driven alternate reality security games for first-year CS students will be appearing at the 2015 USENIX Workshop on Cyber Security Experimentation and Test (CSET15).

For a while now, we've been interested in security education with creative and engaging narratives, paired with rabbit-hole/puzzle-like structures. We wrote a grant about it and we've been trying out structure and puzzles since then.

Most recently, we got a chance to use some of these exercises described in our paper at EPIC 2015. Below, at the Cal Poly Cyber Lab, we are running through a scaffolded puzzle built around a …

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