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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.

Syllabus

Units: 7
Timeframe: Semester
Contact Hours: 90

By the Numbers


Contact Hours 90
Lessons 67
Videos 64
Exercises 6
Offline Handouts 77

Units

Unit Description
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.

Demos

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Phishing Simulator

Password Hacking: Brute Force

Improving Vigenere Cipher

Resources

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Format of Course

The entirely web-based curriculum is made up of a series of learning modules that cover the fundamentals of cybersecurity. Each module is made up of short video tutorials, quizzes, real world connections, simulations, open response reflections, challenge problems, and unit tests. 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?

The Introduction to Cybersecurity course is designed for complete beginners with no previous background in computer science. The course is highly visual, dynamic, and interactive. There are no prerequisites for this course, and the course is recommended for students in Grades 9-10.

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