Unit 3. Information and the InternetRevision Date: Jul 20, 2017 (Version 2.1)
This lesson does not require computers, but teaching this lesson without computers would require printing the necessary articles and providing textbooks or printed articles about the various cyber-attacks.
Reflecting on the fact that the Internet was not designed with security in mind, students will examine the devastating impact of cyber attacks. Students will study types of cyber attacks and the vulnerabilities they exploit, and identify the roles of software, hardware, people, and the Internet. Students will identify potential cybersecurity concerns in systems built on the Internet.
6.3 Cybersecurity is an important concern for the Internet and the systems built on it.
The Internet was not built with security in mind, leaving computers vulnerable to cyber attacks. This makes cybersecurity an extremely important concern when designing and implementing systems that are built on the Internet. Students need to be able to identify potential problems that could arise and potential options for protecting against these problems.
Student computer usage for this lesson is: optional
In the Lesson Resources folder:
Journal Sample Response:
Example for Presentations:
Information to present about firewalls. (Included in the slides)
“You can protect against certain attacks. One way to protect against them is a firewall.”
(Note: There is a PowerPoint to be used with this entire lesson: "Cyber Security Lesson Slides" in the Lesson Resources folder.)
In their journals or as a class, students should discuss the following:
Students will consider the following prompt, and record their thoughts in their journals:
What possible problems are there with the fact that student data (including your courses, grades, attendance, home address, and birthdate) is stored in a database that is easily accessible to teacher, administrators, and other staff from any computer connected to the Internet?
Real World Connection: Protecting your Computer
Choose one of the following articles to read, based on the operating system you have running on one of your home computers, or the computer you normally use.
Answer the following questions:
If yes, answer the following questions:
If no, do the following:
Optional: Use this extended checklist to enhance the security of your computer.
The teacher will see where the students place the cyber attacks as they read about them on the impact graph and give appropriate feedback.
The teacher will monitor the research on cyber attacks and check for accurate information.
The teacher will clarify misconceptions that become evident during the group presentations.
Students will complete a journal entry by responding to questions about their personal and school related data being accessible through the Internet.