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South Carolina Cybersecurity Fundamentals

This course examines the core concepts and terminology of cybersecurity and information assurance, integrating the importance of user involvement, network architecture, threats, and security; operational and system security; cryptography, and a broad range of other topics.

Overview & Highlights

High School
Contact Hours

Course Overview

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What is Cybersecurity?
Students explore the basics of cybersecurity. Students will learn about why cybersecurity is important, recent threats to cybersecurity, and different careers in the field.
Digital Citizenship and Cyber Hygiene
Students learn digital etiquette in order to use the Internet safely, effectively, and ethically.
Project: Public Service Announcement
Students create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to teach their peers about digital citizenship and cyber hygiene.
The ABCs of Cryptography
Students explore the history of cryptography systems, the motivation behind using encryption systems, and basic cryptography systems.
Advanced Cryptography
Students apply advanced principles of cryptology, including Public Key Infrastructure and hash functions, encrypted email, digital certificates, and private key certificates.
Project: Steganography
Students explore steganography and create your own encryption algorithm to conceal and hide a message within the pixels of an image.
System Administration
Students investigate common operating systems, security options and implement user accounts to enforce authentication and authorization.
Cyber Defense
Students learn basic SQL and common attacks like SQLi, and solutions for flawed security 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.
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.
What's Next?
Students explore the different pathways available to learn more about cybersecurity upon completing this course.

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