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Introduction to Cybersecurity for Teachers

Explore key concepts of cybersecurity to teach 14-16 year-old students with this online cybersecurity course supported by Google.

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
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Improve your students' knowledge of computer security

Teaching cybersecurity in schools is an important way to help students stay safe while using technology. On this course, teachers will be introduced to the core ideas of cybersecurity that should be taught in the classroom.

You will learn the different attacks that individuals and devices are vulnerable to and how to prevent them. You will explore malware, malicious bots, SQL injections, and physical threats to data. You will also build your knowledge of the different tools that protect data and websites. These include strong passwords, biometrics, two-factor authentication, and firewalls.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 2 secondsHow strong is your email password? What's the best defence against malware? What are the telltale signs of a phishing scam? How does a firewall work? This course will introduce you to the core principles of cybersecurity and how to protect yourself against cyberattacks. This free course contains peer-led discussions, trainer interaction, and feedback on your knowledge as you progress. You can learn whenever and wherever you want. You'll investigate elements of cybersecurity from the GCSE computing syllabus.

Skip to 0 minutes and 35 secondsSo whether you're a teacher with students of your own or simply curious about how to protect your digital self, this course will help you gain an understanding of the different ways that attackers may try to access your devices and data as well as how you can prepare your defences. Sign up now at rpf.io/cybersecurity.

What topics will you cover?

  • Core concepts of Cybersecurity
  • Different types of cyberattacks, such as Social Engineering attacks, Malware, SQL injections, Malicious Bots and physical threats to data, devices and networks
  • Tools to protect data, devices and networks, like strong passwords, biometrics, 2FA, antivirus software, Firewalls and CAPTCHAs
  • Cybersecurity approaches such as input sanitisation, well designed security protocols, and Data and Network Access Control systems

When would you like to start?

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    This course started 24 Jun 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain the meanings of terms describing common cyberattacks, such as phishing, pharming, shoulder surfing and blagging
  • Evaluate the strength of a password
  • Explain the protections offered to users by the Misuse of Computer Act
  • Describe different types of cyber attack, such as an “SQL injection attack”, and how these can be protected against or mitigated
  • Classify different types of malware
  • Explain how “anti-virus” software works

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for teachers delivering cybersecurity lessons in the classroom, at a GCSE level or equivalent.

Who will you learn with?

Mac Bowley

Mac Bowley

Hey, my name is Mac. I am a Learning Manager at The Raspberry Pi Foundation. I love teaching and digital making, especially when I get to do them both at the same time.

Who developed the course?

The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, so they are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world.

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