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Introduction to Cybersecurity (Alberti)

As our world becomes increasingly dependent on technology, cybersecurity is a topic of growing importance. It is crucial that companies and individuals take precautions to protect themselves from the growing threat of cyber attacks. This course prepares students with crucial skills to be responsible citizens in a digital future. Introduction to Cybersecurity is the first online blended K12 cybersecurity course and is designed for students with some exposure to computer science, but there are no specific course prerequisites. Topics included are: foundational cybersecurity topics including digital citizenship and cyber hygiene, and the basics of cryptography. This is a one semester course designed for high school students.

Overview & Highlights

Level
High School
Contact Hours
90
Timeframe
Semester

Course Overview

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Introduction to Cybersecurity Pretest
Students will be assessed to learn of any prior knowledge of cybersecurity topics they may have.
What is Cybersecurity?
Students will be introduced to cybersecurity basics. They will focus on why cybersecurity is important, recent threats to cybersecurity, and different careers in the field.
Digital Citizenship and Cyber Hygiene
Students will explore topics on Internet etiquette and how to stay safe on the world wide web. They will also look at the potential effects of their digital footprints, how to protect information from online risks, and the implications of cyberbullying. Finally, the module includes how to find and cite quality resources online.
The ABCs of Cryptography
Students will dive into the history of cryptography systems, the motivation behind using encryption systems, and basic cryptography systems. Additionally, students will explore topics on how to use cryptography, cryptology, and cryptanalysis to decode a message without the use of a key. Finally, they will look into more advanced cryptographic topics like public key cryptography and hash functions.
Final Project: PSA
For this final project, students will create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to teach their peers about cybersecurity. They can select any of the topics covered in this course.

67
Lessons
64
Videos
6
Exercises
79
Offline Handouts

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