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README.md

The Social Startup Game

Social Startup Game is a single-player simulation game in which you are the new chief security officer at “Social Jam”, an up-and-coming social media company. Can you help your company acquire more users during your probationary period while keeping the company safe from hackers?

Play free online!

The game is designed for ages 10–16.

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Design goals

The two primary design goals of the project are:

  • to introduce concepts of cybersecurity
  • to expose the player to careers and educational paths to careers in cybersecurity

Research

Social Startup Game is the result of a research project undertaken with the support of the Security and Software Engineering Research Center. More information about this project can be found in Technical Reports #314 and #318 of that organization.

Acknowledgments

This project originated with work supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (Grant 0968959) along with support from the Computer Science Department and Honors College at Ball State University.

License

This software is released under GPL 3 and original assets under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. Soundtrack by Kevin MacLeod is used under CC BY 3.0.