K-12 Overview

Shape K-12 and Beyond Educational Resources for Elementary School Middle School High School Universities The UTSA Center for Infrastructure Assurance & Security (CIAS) is committed to creating a culture of cybersecurity through a comprehensive K-12 Cybersecurity Program.   The CIAS conducts research into effective ways to introduce students to cybersecurity principles through educational gaming. The program targets four […]

CTD Card Design Challenge

Card Design Challenge Cyber Threat Defender Rules How to play Play online Digital Tournaments Design Challenge Classroom Resources Sponsorships Thank you to everyone who supported our inaugural Cyber Threat Defender (CTD) card design contest for Cybersecurity Month 2021! Community members and students (ages 11+) were able to share their knowledge of cybersecurity by creating their […]

Cyber Threat Guardian Rules

Cyber Threat Guardian Rules Cyber Threat Guardian (CTG) is a multi-player card game, for ages five and up, that introduces players to technology and cybersecurity terms and concepts. Like other family games, it involves a little strategy and a bit of luck. This game provides a fun way for younger children to begin learning about […]

CTP Rules

Cyber Threat Protector Rules Cyber Threat Protector is designed as a two-player game, but it can be modified to allow for more players. Below is a brief overview to help you get started. For more detailed instructions on how to play Cyber Threat Protector (CTP), simply download the free rulebook. It explains the games objectives, […]

CTD Tournaments

CTD Tournament Cyber Threat Defender Rules How to play Play online Digital Tournaments Design Challenge Classroom Resources Sponsorships Cyber Threat Defender (CTD) tabletop card game tournaments are small, entry level events on a local scale. Initially held in San Antonio, Texas, these tournaments are open to all players ages 11+. Minimal entry fees are required […]

Online Store

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CTD Rules

CTD Rules Cyber Threat Defender Rules How to play Play online Digital Tournaments Design Challenge Classroom Resources Sponsorships About Cyber Threat Defender is designed as a two-player game, but it can be modified to allow for more players. Below is a brief overview to help you get started. For more detailed instructions, including an example […]

Cyber Threat Defender

Cyber Threat Defender Cyber Threat Defender Rules How to play Play online Digital Tournaments Design Challenge Classroom Resources Sponsorships Since April 2016, Cyber Threat Defender (CTD) has been teaching students worldwide about essential cybersecurity information and defense strategies. Created as a multi-player, collectible card game, CTD is designed to be fun and easy-to-play for ages […]

Cyber Threat Guardian

About Cyber Threat Guardian Cyber Threat Guardian (CTG) is a multi-player card game, for ages five and up, that introduces players to technology and cybersecurity terms and concepts. Like other family games, it involves a little strategy and a bit of luck. This game is a fun way for younger children to begin learning about […]

Cyber Threat Protector

About Cyber Threat Protector Cyber Threat Protector (CTP) is a multi-player card game, targeting grades 3-5, that introduces players to technology and cybersecurity terms and concepts. With an average game lasting 20 minutes, players will learn basic cybersecurity terminology, be introduced to a network infrastructure, learn about the relationships between cyber-attacks and defense counter measures, […]

CTD Play online

Play CTD Online Cyber Threat Defender Rules How to play Play online Digital Tournaments Design Challenge Classroom Resources Sponsorships Cyber Threat Defender (CTD): Digital is a video game simulation of the tabletop collectible card game. Players challenge non-player, or computer-based, opponents with varying levels of difficulty. CTD: Digital can be downloaded to PC and Mac […]

High School & Middle School

Supporting Grades 6-12 High School & Middle School Since April 2016, Cyber Threat Defender (CTD) has been teaching middle and high school students worldwide about essential cybersecurity information and defense strategies. Created as a multi-player, collectible card game, CTD is designed for anyone aged 11 and up. This game supports technology and cybersecurity learning objectives […]

K-12 Sponsorships

Sponsorships Support K-12 Classrooms The CIAS thanks our growing network of sponsors and community partners for their support in building a culture of cybersecurity in classrooms nationwide. Our amazing sponsors have helped donate 50,000+ cybersecurity card games to classrooms nationwide… and it continues to reach more students each month. Additionally, these classroom sets are being […]

About the CyBears

Meet The CyBears The CIAS K-12 Cybersecurity Program is designed to introduce students to cybersecurity education and possible career paths in STEM disciplines, especially cybersecurity. To increase interest and learning capabilities, this iniative is centered around the CyBear™ family. This cybersecurity-focused family introduces children, primarily in elementary school, to cybersecurity words and phrases, guides them […]

STEM Worksheets

K-5 STEM Worksheets With help from the CyBear family and other cybersecurity mascots, the CIAS has developed free cybersecurity and technology-focused activity sheets to introduce young learners in grades K-5 to STEM concepts while complementing classroom curriculum. These areas of interest range from learning the Alphabet, numbers and counting, colors, pattern recognition, mathematics, cryptography and computer […]

K-5 Cybersecurity Games

K-12 Cybersecurity Games Download the CIAS Game Launcher For Your PC Shape In 2015, the Air Force Association contracted with the CIAS to develop three digital games for its Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ISCEI): Security Showdown 2, Packet Protector and JeffOS. Since those initial games were created, two additional prototype educational games were developed […]