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March 14, 2022

Teach Cyber Byte

In this byte you will find, an opportunity to send in your questions for our Ask Me Anything Cybersecurity lounge and the link to Hello World-Issue 18 to read an article about using Capture the Flag competitions in the classroom by Teach Cyber's Nancy Stevens. Take a look at the Outsmart Cyberthreats booklet to help your students understand why protecting their data is important. Additionally, you'll find the summer dates for the Teach Cyber professional development, an article on why cybersecurity education matters and a Thank You for all you do to further cybersecurity education.

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Do you or your students have questions about cybersecurity?

Join us in the Teach Cyber
Virtual Lounge on
March 24, 2022 at 7pm
to engage in a rich discussion on some burning cybersecurity topics.

Email Jenny your Ask Me Anything Cybersecurity questions at jenny.daugherty@teachcyber.org

We are looking forward to receiving your questions for the Q&A session in the next lounge.

Check out the Capture the Flag to Capture Interest article in Hello World.

Nancy S
In the article Nancy Stevens explains using a Capture the Flag competition to foster student interest while allowing students to explore content in an exciting way. Through the competition students gain practical ways to apply cybersecurity concepts.
Download Hello World-Issue 18 here.

Do your students know why it is important to take care of their data?

Help your students understand the importance of data care!

Check out the Outsmart Cyberthreats booklet here.

This free resource is loaded with practical ways to stay cybersafe and learn about the Big Ideas: Data Security, Establishing Trust and Risk. The Outsmart Cyberthreats booklet also highlights career opportunities in cybersecurity.


2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR?

What is the Teach Cyber Virtual Workshop?
Teach Cyber is offering a virtual summer workshop in June with support provided in the school year! The Teach Cyber workshop is designed to prepare teachers to teach high school cybersecurity using the Teach Cyber curriculum.

The workshop and the Teach Cyber curriculum use the U.S. Cyber Range, which is a cloud-based infrastructure operated by Virginia Tech University, a Teach Cyber partner.
The workshop is a unique-blend of group learning (both synchronous and asynchronous) and customized learning. We customize in order to allow teachers to prepare to use the Teach Cyber curriculum based on 1) whether their cybersecurity course is year-long, semester, trimester, or 9-week; or 2) if they are integrating cybersecurity into an existing computer science or information technology course.
Who is it for?
Teach Cyber PD is for secondary education teachers who are teaching or plan to teach a dedicated cybersecurity course or integrate cybersecurity into another course.
The Teach Cyber curriculum is a multidisciplinary approach to cybersecurity. There are technical dimensions as well as social, political, and economic implications. The main differentiators in the Teach Cyber curriculum are its integration of Adversarial Thinking, Risk, and Establishing Trust.
Due to support from the Gula Tech Foundation, the cost of the workshop is $400, which covers attendees' access to the U.S. Cyber Range for the duration of the June workshop. Educators wanting to then implement the Teach Cyber curriculum will either need to purchase U.S. Cyber Range access through Virginia Tech or find a suitable alternative. Grant opportunities for range access during the school year may be available in the future.

When is it?
This year we are offering a flexible schedule with virtual sessions on June 9, 10, 13, and 14, as well as three 2-hour Saturday sessions in the Fall. We will schedule those sessions together as a group during the June workshop. These 2-hour sessions will allow teachers to discuss questions and get hands-on assistance with labs.
What is the format?
This years workshop will:
  • have 35 contact hours
  • focus on Teach Cyber
    Units 1-4
  • occur in late afternoon hours to accommodate teachers who are still in the classroom
  • have asynchronous activities in Canvas
  • have optional lab help sessions in the mornings
  • have a Linux based pre-model for teachers to complete prior to the workshop
Are you new to cybersecurity?
Get yourself ready for the Teach Cyber Professional Development Workshop by taking the free NetaCad Cybersecurity Basics Course. Enroll here today!

Have questions about the workshop?
Email Nancy Stevens at nancy.stevens@teachcyber.org

Why Cybersecurity Matters

Does cybersecurity education matter? How would you answer that? Why is it important to you to teach the next generation cybersecurity professionals?
Educating the Populace
Our lives are increasingly reliant on connectivity. Two truisms are paramount here: 1) in cybersecurity humans are the weakest link, and 2) we can only be a secure as the weakest link. This means that a cybersecurity literate populace is critical. And "schools can play a crucial role in teaching cybersecurity literacy" (Amankwa, 2021).
We think the "why" matters. We believe everyone needs some cybersecurity knowledge. And a smaller population, those who are the cybersecurity workforce, need a lot of knowledge. These two things are what Teach Cyber is about: 1) Educating the populace, and 2) Building the workforce.
Building the Workforce
Currently, there are approximately 2.72 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs according to the (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study, 2021. The same study indicates both the top attributes in cybersecurity professionals and the top areas of professional development.
Top Attributes in
Cybersecurity Professionals:

  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Eagerness to learn
  • Cybersecurity certifications
  • Effective communication
  • Cybersecurity work experience
  • Relevant IT work experience
  • Knowledge of basic cybersecurity concepts
  • Robust strategic thinking abilities
  • Cybersecurity qualifications other than certifications or degrees

Top Areas of
Professional Development:

  • Cloud computing
  • Risk assessment, analysis and management
  • Artificial intelligence/machine learning
  • Governance, risk management and compliance (GRC)
  • Threat intelligence
  • DevSecOps
  • Security engineering
  • Security analysis
  • Application security
  • Security administration
Source: (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study, 2021

The CyberSeek heat map shows the supply and demand ratio for cybersecurity jobs across the USA. The CyberSeek heat map can be found here.
How does Teach Cyber help build attributes in cybersecurity professionals?
The Teach Cyber courseware helps build student problem solving skills by providing opportunities for them to think critically about real world scenarios such as Stuxnet, PlayStation and Equinox data breaches. Students investigate cyber risk by looking at attacks, threats, and vulnerabilities. Students are encouraged to creatively problem solve while thinking like an adversary and thinking strategically about how to thwart such an attack. One activity where students think offensively and defensively about attacks is the Cyber Kill Chain Attack Activity in Unit 7, lesson 3. The Teach Cyber courseware is full of opportunities for students to collaborate and discuss views on a particular cybersecurity concept, such as explaining the CIA triad in Unit 2.
How does Teach Cyber help prepare students for the top areas of cybersecurity?
The overarching goal of the course is to introduce students to the foundational concepts, principles, and tools of cybersecurity. The course is centered on the Cybersecurity Curriculum Guidelines and is thus situated in eight big ideas: ethics, establishing trust, ubiquitous connectivity, data security, system security, adversarial thinking, risk, and implications. After this course, students should understand that cybersecurity has broad implications and ethical reflection and judgment are required.
We here at Teach Cyber think cybersecurity education is of the utmost importance! Both endeavors are important to our critical infrastructure. We enjoy partnering with you in this important work!

(ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study, 2021. A Resilient Cybersecurity Profession Charts the Path Forward https://www.isc2.org//-/media/ISC2/Research/2021/ISC2-Cybersecurity-Workforce-Study-2021.ashx

Amankwa, E. (2021) Relevance of Cybersecurity Education at Pedagogy Levels in Schools. Journal of Information Security, 12, 233-249. https://www.scirp.org/journal/paperinformation.aspx?paperid=111804#:~:text=To%20ensure%20cybersecurity%20awareness%20and,to%20protect%20themselves%20from%20cybercrimes.
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