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Frequently Asked Questions

1)  How do I get a copy of CyberCIEGE?

2)  What kind of system will it run on?


3)  Are there user guides or course notes?

4)  How do I assess student progress?

5) Who is the target audience for CyberCIEGE?

6)  The game crashes on my machine.

7)  Can I redistribute CyberCIEGE?

8)  Can I create my own scenarios?

9)  Can I turn off the sound effects?

10)  What is the relationship between CyberCIEGE and CyberOps NetWarrior from DISA?

11) Where are the student logs stored?



Still have questions?  Write to cyberciege@nps.edu


1)  How do I get a copy of CyberCIEGE?
See here.

2)  What kind of system will it run on?
See here

3)  Are there user guides or course notes?
Yes.  The game includes an on-line "encyclopedia".  After installing the game, open the CyberCIEGE icon and select "Help" and then "Game Help & getting started".  That opens the encyclopedia to the page that contains summaries of the scenarios and lab manuals that go along with the scenarios.  Additionally the encyclopedia contains an "Educators" section (get there via the table of contents).  If you would like the course notes that describe scenario solutions, write to cyberciege@nps.edu

There is also a syllabus here.

4)  How do I assess student progress?
Use the Campaign Analyzer to view a summary of student progress and to view detailed log entries of their actions.  If the game is installed on individual computers, direct your students to use the Campaign Player's "Advanced" - "Collect Logs" menu function to generate a zip file of their game logs.  Place those zip files in your own game installation's cyberciege\game folder, unzip them and start the cyberciege\ccse\CampaignPlayer.jar.   See the "Educators" section of the CyberCIEGE encyclopedia.

5)  Who is the target audience for CyberCIEGE?
Check out this map of  CyberCIEGE users: view map
The game is intended to teach information assurance concepts to students within information assurance or computer science curriculum.  The game also includes a number of "training and awareness" scenarios that are targeted toward general computer users. The game is being used in universities, community colleges, high schools and a variety of government and DoD training environments.

6)  The game crashes on my machine.
Follow the troubleshooting tips.  The single most common problem is out-of-date video drivers.


7)  Can I redistribute CyberCIEGE?
CyberCIEGE may be freely distributed within the U.S. Federal Government.  The "Educators" section of the on-line help includes instructions for creating distribution CDs from which CyberCIEGE may be installed, or played directly without installing software.  Educators may distribute the game to students for use in a class.


8)  Can I create my own scenarios?
Yes, you can build your own scenarios and customize existing scenarios using the CyberCIEGE SDK.

9)  Can I turn of the sound effects?
Yes, edit the CyberCIEGE/game/exec/inifile.txt and change the sound setting to "NOSOUND".  Note however that sound in the movies will continue to play.

10)  What is the relationship between CyberCIEGE and CyberOps NetWarrior from DISA?
The development and sponsorship of the two tools are not related.  A comparison of the two cyber security education tools can be found here:  CyberCIEGE vs CyberOps

11)  Where are student logs stored?
Student logs are stored in directories that are unique to their login ID.They are stored either in the user's Application Data (e.g., C:\Users\mfthomps\AppData\Roaming\CyberCIEGE\Starting Scenarios\mfthomps) or, if CyberCIEGE is installed on a network share, then the logs are stored on the network share in a folder unique to that student's ID, e.g.,  (U:\game\Starting Scenarios\mfthomps)   If you use a network share, yet want student logs to go into the user's Application Data, then modify two scripts as described here.