Current research

I. Visual analytics for cybersecurity education and training

Since 2013, we develop and operate the KYPO Cyber Range Platform – a flexible, scalable, and sophisticated virtual environment where hands-on cybersecurity training can be organized. In 2015, the project was awarded by the Ministry of Interior for the exceptional results in the field of security research. KYPO is used for regular education of students of the Masaryk Univesity as well as for the organization of the biggest cyber defense exercise in the Czech Republic called Cyber Czech (in cooperation with Czech NSA). From the very beginning, we put emphasis on user experience, user-centered design of user, and the support of visual analytics. Our research aims to provide visual situational awareness, insight into the abstract cybersecurity processes and threats, storytelling, and advanced analytical tools.

Selected publications:

Visual Feedback for Players of Multi-Level Capture the Flag Games: Field Usability Study.

OŠLEJŠEK, RadekVít RUSŇÁKKarolína BURSKÁValdemar ŠVÁBENSKÝ and Jan VYKOPAL

IEEE Symposium on Visualization for Cyber Security (VizSec’19). 2019

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Timely Feedback in Unstructured Cybersecurity Exercises.

VYKOPAL, JanRadek OŠLEJŠEKKarolína BURSKÁ and Kristína ZÁKOPČANOVÁ

ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE’18). 2018

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Evaluation of Cyber Defense Exercises Using Visual Analytics Process.

OŠLEJŠEK, RadekJan VYKOPALKarolína BURSKÁ and Vít RUSŇÁK

IEEE Frontiers in Education (FIE’18). 2018

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KYPO Cyber Range: Design and Use Cases.

VYKOPAL, JanRadek OŠLEJŠEKPavel ČELEDA, Martin VIZVÁRY and Daniel TOVARŇÁK

International Conference on Software Technologies (ICSOFT’17). 2017

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Lessons Learned From Complex Hands-on Defence Exercises in a Cyber Range.

VYKOPAL, Jan, Martin VIZVÁRY, Radek OŠLEJŠEKPavel ČELEDA and Daniel TOVARŇÁK

IEEE Frontiers in Education (FIE’17). 2017

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Related research projects:
  • Research of New Technologies to Increase the Capabilities of Cybersecurity Experts (2020 – 2022)
  • CyberSecurity, CyberCrime and Critical Information Infrastructures Center of Excellence (2018 – 2022)
  • Simulation, detection, and mitigation of cyber threats endangering critical infrastructure (2016 – 2019)
  • Cybernetic Proving Ground (2013 – 2015) 

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II. Visual tools for computer forensic investigation

The CSIRT team (Computer Security Incident Response Team) of the Masaryk University is responsible for the investigation of suspicious computers connected to the university network. Together with them, we develop an advanced exploratory tool that aims to support their investigation processes. We primarily focus on the analysis of file systems using user-centered design and visual techniques.

Related research projects:
  • CyberSecurity, CyberCrime and Critical Information Infrastructures Center of Excellence (2018 – 2022)
  • Simulation, detection, and mitigation of cyber threats endangering critical infrastructure (2016 – 2019)

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III. Visual tools for forensic anthropology

Ongoing research. Details will be specified.