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Free cyber security lesson plans for Computer Science

Brand new lesson plans give teachers practical ways of teaching fundamental cyber security concepts in Computer Science lessons

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | January 09, 2017 | Secondary

Cyber Security Challenge UK and BT have announced the availability of 11 brand new cyber security lesson plans, designed to tie in to the Computer Science GCSEs currently being taught throughout the UK.

The plans, available free of charge for all teachers, provide structured ways of teaching the foundational concepts of cyber security to pupils. They feature explanations and learning outcomes in common security measures that we use every day, from passwords to CAPTCHA and biometric security, to more advanced areas including threat detection, penetration testing and social engineering.

The lessons plans build on existing content within the AQA and OCR Computer Science syllabi, providing teachers with accessible ways of demonstrating how security works and ensuring that pupils retain what they have learnt.

The Cyber Security Challenge UK has developed these plans in collaboration with industry giant BT, to ensure that the principles taught in the lesson plans match those practiced in the industry today. BT is looking to transition these gifted school leavers to industry and has a challenging apprentice development programme, supported by the BT Academy. Interested students can apply for a role today. 

To fill the skills gap, we must attract people into cyber security and requires educating the next generation from a young age. We have designed our lesson plans to supplement the Computer Science curriculum and ensure that teachers feel confident in delivering the information the next generation requires

The lesson plans are the latest work from Cyber Security Challenge UK’s Schools Programme, which aims to involve children and teenagers in cyber security from a young age. So far, over 500 schools are enrolled with the Challenge, meaning that thousands of Computer Science pupils across the UK will be able to benefit from the content.

The cyber security skills gap continues to affect businesses, with a 1.5 million shortfall, globally, in workers by 2020, according to industry body (ISC)2. Encouraging young people into the industry and ensuring that we have a pipeline of talent entering the sector is crucial to ensuring that the digital economy remains secure in the years to come. 

Jason Stanton, Schools Programme Manager at the Cyber Security Challenge UK, said: “To fill the skills gap, we must attract people into cyber security and requires educating the next generation from a young age. We have designed our lesson plans to supplement the Computer Science curriculum and ensure that teachers feel confident in delivering the information the next generation requires.”

W: cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk

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