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Introduction to Cybersecurity for Teachers

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

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Introduction to Cybersecurity for Teachers
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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 seconds How 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 seconds So 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.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Protecting yourself

    • Welcome to the course

      An introduction to the course, and a chance to meet the course educators and your fellow learners

    • Social Engineering

      An introduction to social engineering attacks, including phishing and shouldering attacks.

    • Device Security

      How can you help keep your devices secure?

    • Legal Solutions

      How have new laws been created to attempt to deal with cyberattacks?

  • Week 2

    Malicious Programs

    • Malware

      What types of malware are used to attack our systems?

    • Protecting programs

      Using anti-virus software, good software design and patching to avoid vulnerabilities

    • Bots

      What are bots, and why are they a problem?

  • Week 3

    Network Security

    • Welcome to Week 3

      Welcome to Week 3

    • Physical Security

      Why is physical security important when protecting networks?

    • Network Controls and Firewalls

      What are the roles of network controls and firewalls in protecting a network?

    • Peer Review Assignment

      Test your understanding by creating a learning resource, and reviewing those created by your peers.

    • End of Course

      What are the key security principles you've learned over this course?

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Learning on this course

If you'd like to take part while our educators are leading the course, they'll be joining the discussions, in the comments, between these dates:

  • 4 Oct 2021 - 25 Oct 2021

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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
  • Explain the processes used to protect a network

Who is the course for?

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

What do people say about this course?

Great examples that I will be able to use in lessons.

"Thank you very much. It was an excellent course with great examples that I will be able to use in lessons."

This will greatly assist me in returning to teaching Computing/ICT

"Thank you for this excellent course. This will greatly assist me in returning to teaching Computing/ICT after nearly 10 years away from the subject. The level is set just right."

Who will you learn with?

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.

Hi. I am one of the team at Raspberry Pi with responsibility for content across A level and GCSE materials for Computer Science.

My main area of specialisation is computer networking and security

Who developed the course?

Raspberry Pi Foundation

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.

National Centre for Computing Education

This course is part of our professional development teacher programme for the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE). Our nationally-recognised certificates cater for all levels of teaching.

Funded by the Department for Education and supporting partners, we aim to transform the way computing is taught in schools across England, and enable more young people to benefit from studying this important subject.

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