Cybersecurity [PLTW]

Sweetwater Union High School District


Whether seeking a career in the growing field of cybersecurity or learning to defend their own personal data or a company’s data, students in Cybersecurity establish an ethical code of conduct while learning to defend data in today’s complex cyberworld.

The course provides students with a broad exposure to the many aspects of digital and information security, while encouraging socially responsible choices and ethical behavior. It inspires algorithmic and computational thinking, especially “outside-the-box” thinking. Students explore the many educational and career paths available to cybersecurity experts, as well as other careers that comprise the field of information security.

Project, Problem, Challenge & Hands-On based Education

The course is designed to expose high school students to the ever-growing and far-reaching field of cybersecurity by providing students with inspiring and relevant learning experiences, during which they train and solve real-world problems as cybersecurity experts do.

Curriculum Outline

  • Personal Cybersecurity
  • System Cybersecurity
  • Network Cybersecurity
  • Network Security Lab
  • Well-Known Exploits
  • Ethical Approach

It inspires algorithmic and computational thinking, especially “outside-the-box” thinking.

Course Overview HERE

Student Benefits

  • A-G UC System Approved (G) - application/approval in process
  • STEAM careers hands-on experience
  • Scholarships
  • Internships
  • Certifications

Why should you consider this class?

A global cybersecurity workforce shortage is adding to the challenges businesses face as they seek to protect themselves against cybersecurity threats. The 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study, released in June 2017, shows that the cybersecurity workforce gap is on pace to hit 1.8 million by 2022 – a 20 percent increase since 2015.

As a result, cybersecurity professionals are in high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that computer and mathematical occupations will grow at a much faster rate than other occupations between 2016-2026, but industry demand is quickly outpacing the supply of workers who have the necessary skills and expertise.

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Any 10-12 student can enroll in this course. Space limited!