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Introduction to Cybersecurity (Alberti)

This course prepares students with crucial skills to be responsible citizens in a digital future. Students will learn 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 are assessed to learn of any prior knowledge of cybersecurity topics they may have.
What is Cybersecurity?
Students explore the basics of cybersecurity. Students learn about why cybersecurity is important, recent threats to cybersecurity, and different careers in the field.
Digital Citizenship and Cyber Hygiene
Students learn about Internet etiquette and how to stay safe on the world wide web. Students also look at the potential effects of our digital footprints, how to protect information from online risks, and the implications of cyberbullying.
The ABCs of Cryptography
Students dive into the history of cryptography systems, the motivation behind using encryption systems, and basic cryptography systems. Additionally, students explore topics on how to use cryptography, cryptology, and cryptanalysis to decode a message without the use of a key.
Final Project: PSA
For this final project, students 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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Professional Development

Teaching Fundamentals of Cybersecurity

The CodeHS Cybersecurity course prepares students with crucial skills to be responsible citizens in a digital future and protect themselves from the growing threat of cyber attacks. With the CodeHS online Professional Development course, we'll train teachers at your school to teach an excellent Cybersecurity course. No programming experience is required. Teachers will gain the skills, pedagogical knowledge, resources, and confidence to lead a great cybersecurity class with CodeHS.

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Standards

Introduction to Cybersecurity (Alberti) is aligned with the following standards

Standards Framework View Alignment
Virginia Cybersecurity Fundamentals View (74.3%)
North Dakota 6-8 View (68.2%)
North Dakota 9-12 View (64.4%)

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