Lessons

Sample

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The illustration above was inspired by the artwork of Ketrina Yim for “Teaching Security” (https://teachingsecurity.org/)

This is a sampling of materials from the “Intro to the Challenge of Cybersecurity” course. “Intro to the Challenge of Cybersecurity” is a year-long, introductory cybersecurity course designed to introduce students to the foundational concepts, principles, and tools of cybersecurity.

These sample lessons cover 12 days of instruction. These lessons are meant to demonstrate the variety of topics and types of exercises covered in the course. In these lessons, students will: explore common network vulnerabilities and get hands-on experiences in advanced port scanning, network enumeration, and email tracking; explore common vulnerabilities in cyber-physical systems and get hands-on experiences in exploring IoT vulnerabilities; discuss the values that shape societies and how they relate to cybersecurity; and consider a scenario in which social values between nations conflict.

*Please note: Labs in this course use virtual environments on the U.S. Cyber Range (a partner organization of Teach Cyber). While the Teach Cyber teaching materials (and access to the materials) are free, the U.S. Cyber Range is a paid service operated by Virginia Tech University.

We’re in the process of making improvements to this course. Units 1-5, Unit 7, and Unit 8 are now available.
NOTE: Based on feedback from pilot testers on pacing, we have removed Unit 9 in order to keep the course within a one-year frame.

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The illustration above was inspired by the artwork of Ketrina Yim for “Teaching Security” (https://teachingsecurity.org/)

Developed By: Dr. Melissa Dark, Dr. Jenny Daugherty, Brandon Milonovich, Nancy Stevens, Dr. Filipo Sharevski, and Dr. Shannon Beck

This is a year-long, introductory cybersecurity course. 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. Students should also understand the fundamental cybersecurity principles necessary to determine security requirements and mechanisms. Students will also study historical events and their cybersecurity implications; relevant laws and policies governing data; and economic concerns and risk management trade-offs involved in making cybersecurity decisions from various stakeholder perspectives. Students will challenge assumptions and practice thinking about opposing forces and will employ these techniques to analyze threats, vulnerabilities, and attacks. Students will also evaluate the tools used to connect cyber-physical systems and practice using the encryption techniques needed to secure data across networks.

*Please note: Labs in this course use virtual environments on the U.S. Cyber Range (a partner organization of Teach Cyber). While the Teach Cyber teaching materials (and access to the materials) are free, the U.S. Cyber Range is a paid service operated by Virginia Tech University.