ICSTASY: An Integrated Cybersecurity Training System for Military Personnel

Donghwan Lee, Donghwa Kim, Changwon Lee, Myung Kil Ahn, Wonjun Lee

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Cyberwarfare can occur at any moment, anywhere on the planet, and it happens more often than we realize. The new form of warfare is wreaking havoc on not only the military but also on every aspect of our daily lives. Since cybersecurity has only recently established itself as a critical element of the military, the military community relies heavily on the private sector to ensure cyber mission assurance. Given the military's secrecy, such reliance may increase the danger of mission degradation or failure. To address this issue, the military has attempted to build a dedicated cybersecurity training system for the purpose of internalizing cybersecurity training. However, existing cybersecurity training systems frequently lack comprehensive support for effective and efficient cybersecurity training. In this study, we propose ICSTASY, a scenario-based, interactive, and immersive cybersecurity training platform that supports a variety of training features holistically. hl The primary requirements and design principles required to overcome the challenges inherent in developing a cyber training system were offered based on a review of prior work. Through the demonstration of our prototype, we have proven the feasibility of efficient and truly realistic cyber training, not only for the military environment but also for the private sector.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62232-62246
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the Agency of Defense Development, Republic of Korea; and in part by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea Grant by the Korean Government through the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) under Grant 2019R1A2C2088812.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2013 IEEE.


  • Cybersecurity training
  • cyber trainer
  • cybersecurity training system
  • prototype demonstration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Computer Science(all)


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