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Advanced Cybersecurity

The CodeHS Advanced Cybersecurity course is the capstone course of the cybersecurity pathway. Students will learn advanced topics in the field of cybersecurity, including advanced cryptography, networking, risk assessment, and cyber defense.


Units: 11
Timeframe: Year
Contact Hours: 145

By the Numbers

Contact Hours 145
Lessons 98
Videos 83
Exercises 57
Challenges 3
Offline Handouts 137


Unit Description
Advanced Cryptography: In this module, you will apply advanced principles of cryptology. This includes explaining the core concepts of Public Key Infrastructure and hash functions. You will explore concepts of encrypted email, digital certificates, and private key certificates. You will also take a look at the different types of SSL certificates, the chain of trust and how a Certificate Authority (CA) works.
Project: Steganography: In this project, you will explore steganography and create your own encryption algorithm to conceal and hide a message within the pixels of an image!
Advanced Networking: In this module, you will explore and research network infrastructures and network security. You will demonstrate how to set up a virtual private network (VPN), and design and configure different types of networks. You will also take a look at firewalls and how to initiate port scans.
Project: IT Professional: In this project, you will explore cybersecurity career pathways and build skills that will be needed within these fields such as communication.
Cyber Defense: In this module, you will explore different types of network attacks and how to build up security walls to defend against them.
Project: Security Assessment Report: In this project, you will test a website for vulnerabilities and write a security assessment report based on your findings.
Project: Put it in Writing!: In this project, you will develop a training policy that informs employees on matters of network security and details the company policy on preventative measures employees should take.
Risk Management: In this module, you will demonstrate skills in conducting vulnerability scans and recognizing vulnerabilities in security systems. You will conduct a security audit and examine port scanning, packet sniffing, and proxy servers to discover exploits in a system. You will also be able to recommend security measures to mitigate the vulnerabilities.
Project: The Game of Risk: In this project, you will design and create a board game or a card game that will help players to identify randomized security vulnerabilities and their appropriate defenses.
Final Exam: This is a cumulative exam.
What's Next?: Students will explore the different pathways available to learn more about cybersecurity upon completing this course.


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Pigpen Encoder

Modulo Game!

Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange

Intranet Permissions


Here are a few examples of teacher resources and materials to use in the Advanced Cybersecurity course

Format of Course

The entirely web-based curriculum is made up of a series of learning modules that cover advanced topics in cybersecurity. Each module is made up of short video tutorials, example programs, quizzes, simulations, programming exercises, and free response prompts. The course is designed for a year long class that meets 5 days per week, though schools implement it in a variety of ways.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for 11-12th graders who have previously taken the Fundamentals of Cybersecurity course. Suggested courses to take as the first-year course in this pathway are Intro to JavaScript, AP Computer Science Principles, or Web Design.


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