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Virginia Cybersecurity Fundamentals


Unit Description
What is Cybersecurity?: Students explore the basics of cybersecurity, why cybersecurity is important, recent threats to cybersecurity, and different careers in the field.
Digital Citizenship and Cyber Hygiene: Students learn digital etiquette on how to use world wide web safely, ethically, and effectively.
Project: Public Service Announcement : Students create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to teach their peers about digital citizenship and cyber hygiene.
System Administration: Students investigate security options and implement user accounts to enforce authentication and authorization.
Software Security : Students learn basic SQL and common attacks like SQLi, and solutions for flawed security systems.
Project: Put it in Writing! : Students develop a training policy that informs employees on matters of network security and detail the company policy on preventative measures employees should take.
The ABCs of Cryptography: Students dive into the history of cryptography systems, the motivation behind using encryption systems, and basic cryptography systems.
Networking Fundamentals: Students explore the structure and design of the internet and networks, and how this design affects the reliability of network communication, the security of data, and personal privacy.
IT Infrastructure: Students learn about the physical elements of computers and networking, such as motherboards, RAM, routers, and the use of port numbers, ethernet, and wireless devices.
Project: Troubleshooting : Students explore the troubleshooting methodology and utilize it to solve sample IT support issues.
Project: IT Professional: Students explore cybersecurity career pathways and build skills that will be needed within these fields such as communication.
Risk Management: Students conduct a security audit and examine port scanning, packet sniffing, and proxy servers to discover exploits in a system.
Final Exam : Students demonstrate mastery of topics learned throughout the course.

Unit Description
Project: Digital Forensics : In this project, students will work through fictitious forensic cases to practice collecting, examining, analyzing and reporting on data that they have unveiled.
Cryptocurrency : This module gives an introduction to cryptocurrencies and characteristics of its underlying technology, which is blockchain. It delves into the possibilities of how cryptocurrencies can solve some global banking problems, but also looks at the major deficiencies and problems of blockchain and cryptocurrency.
Final Course Project :
SQL Part II: The SQL : Continue learning more topics in SQL.
Web Development: In this unit, students will go through a high level introduction to HTML, CSS, and the processes involved in viewing web pages on the internet. Students will create several simple web pages using the CodeHS online editor to gain practice using the various features of HTML and CSS.
Midterm :
Cybersecurity Level 1 Certification Practice: Students prepare for the CodeHS Cybersecurity Level 1 Certification by taking practice quizzes and reviewing content from the Fundamentals of Cybersecurity course.