Cybersecurity Basics

Cybersecurity Basics

Cybersecurity Basics is an introductory course for students in grades K-12. While cybersecurity is a vital aspect of our modern life, it can seem daunting at first. This course introduces cybersecurity topics that affect our everyday life in plain, simple language ensuring it is accessible to all. The course can be taught in any order and by any teacher.

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Number of Units
5
Subjects
Cybersecurity
Humanities
Grade Levels
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Duration (hours)
60
Overview
This course is divided into 2 primary domains:

Security - explores various ways we protect data and information through people, processes, and technology; the types of attacks that must be defended against; and the concepts used to secure information, networks, and physical assets.

Digital Citizenship - explores how our actions affect the larger digital world; how ethics, laws, and policies affect our digital lives; and what it means to be an informed cyber citizen.
Cyber Connections
Cyber Career Awareness
Cyber Hygiene
Cybersecurity
Passwords
Digital Citizenship
Privacy
Section Title
Security: Passwords and Beyond
Title
Students will explore the cybersecurity concept of passwords and how they are used in their daily life.
Accordion Items
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K-2: Passwords
Content

Students will use a real-life example to describe the concept of passwords. They will identify that some passwords are strong and others are weak. Students will also explain why a password is important.

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3-5: Access Denied
Content

Students will identify authentication measures that they might use at school or at home. They will also learn how authorization is used to restrict what actions a user can perform.

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6-8: Multifactor Authentication
Content

Students will research the various factors of multifactor authentication. Students will learn how multi-factor authentication prevents unauthorized users such as threat actors from gaining access to devices and accounts.

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6-8: Making Strong Passwords
Content

Students will identify the features of a strong password while recognizing the importance of password protection. Students will also create a secure password.

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Security: Layered Security
Title
Students will be introduced to the concepts of protection while looking for the various types of security in the world around them.
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K-2: You May Not Enter
Content

Students will explore physical security around their school and how to verify someone's identity.

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3-5: Protecting People, Places, and Things
Content

Students will explore physical access controls that protect people, places, and things from malicious intent. Students will develop a security plan using modern security tools.

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6-8: Adversarial Thinking
Content

Students will explore how physical access controls and the concept of defense in depth are critical cybersecurity protections against threat actors. Students will use and develop layered security plans.

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Security: Attacks
Title
Students will learn about various types of cyber attacks that occur in our digital world.
Accordion Items
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3-5: Threats with Online Gaming
Content

Students will explore the risks and vulnerabilities of online gaming. Students will identify potential cyber threats and create a way to inform others about cyber threats.

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6-8: Malware Attacks
Content

Students will recognize types of malware in a given real-life scenario.

Section Title
Digital Citizenship: Motivations of People Online
Title
Students will discuss the various types of people online and why they may choose to behave in different ways with a goal of keeping students safe during their online interactions with others.
Accordion Items
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K-2: Good and Bad Uses of Devices
Content

Students will explore the idea that digital devices can be used in good ways and in bad ways. Students will also list examples of information that needs to be protected.

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3-5: Types of People Online
Content

Students will explore how different choices are made when interacting with others online. Students will compare ethical and malicious decisions and the possible motivations behind them.

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Digital Citizenship: Threats
Title
Students will discuss different things that can occur when communicating through online platforms.
Accordion Items
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K-2: Don’t Get Tricked with Avatars
Content

Students will explore avatars and how a real person is on the computer behind the character. Students will consider how to protect information when interacting with avatars because they are exchanging information with a real person. This connects to the cybersecurity concept of spoofing.

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3-5: Threats with Online Gaming
Content

Students will explore the risks and vulnerabilities of online gaming software and their associated cyber threats.

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6-8: Social Engineering
Content

Students will explore how malicious actions threaten network security as they analyze social engineering attacks.