Cyber Security Literacy Curriculum

"White hat security in blue collar terms"

Iowa State University researchers are now developing the nation's first computer security literacy curriculum designed for middle school and high school students.

"This project will enable teachers across the state to be able to help their students be safer online and will continue to position ISU, HyperStream, and the state of Iowa as leaders in cyber security education, " said Doug Jacobson, a University Professor of electrical and computer engineering at Iowa State.

The area of cyber security is at a critical stage globally with the growing number of system breaches and identity fraud that we continue to read about-think about what happened

New Curriculum information

Courses in computer security literacy will help students recognize and respond to security threats such as malicious software, unsecured wireless networks and online scams. The curriculum will help students make informed decisions about their own online security. They'll also learn about the potential benefits and consequences of these decisions.

In addition, because online security threats continually change, the curriculum will teach students to adapt their learning to new circumstances.

The finished course materials will include lesson plans, short video modules, presentations materials, current events topics, quizzes and in-class activities.

There will also be a website containing a series of lab exercises that allow students to experience- and respond to- various security vulnerabilities in a controlled setting. By requiring frequent, hands -on application of learning, the curriculum is designed to encourage the transfer of classroom learning to the students' real-world interactions with Internet-connected devices.

The curriculum is designed to work either as a stand-alone course or as a series of smaller units that could be incorporated into an existing course, It is free to schools/learning agencies.

Developed by Iowa State University

And is a part of the HyperStream program curriculum

How will this help students?

This new security literacy curriculum is in addition to and will enhance and supplement the existing cyber defense competition curriculum