Cybersecurity

This is a highly applicable topic to safeguarding personal data and gaining an awareness of the range of threats and how to mitigate against them. Cybersecurity at A-Level focuses primarily on the techniques associated with securing a network, while also touching on the associated laws and ethical and moral values.

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Cybersecurity threats

This document outlines categories of network threat and how they can be detected. The resource is produced by Cybersecurity Challenge UK and is aimed at GCSE students however, is also a valuable resource for A level students as a starting point for further investigation and discussion. 

publication year
2010 to date

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Penetration testing

Penetration testing is a vital part of any organisation’s security procedures. Students will learn what it is and why organisations carry it out. There are no practical activities attached to this lesson from Cybersecurity Challenge UK.

publication year
2010 to date

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Social engineering

Social engineering attacks are a vulnerability of corporate networks and personal data and identity. This lesson plan from Cybersecurity Challenge UK outlines different methods of social engineering

publication year
2010 to date

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Being a hacker

This resource is developed by the Hacker High School site to improve online security for students by increasing their knowledge of cybersecurity. This lesson plan focuses on what hackers do and how attacks happen. The lesson includes discussions, scenarios and research which will help students to evaluate the harm and, in some cases, good, that hackers can cause.

publication year
2010 to date

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The Peruvian Coin Flip - Cryptographic Protocols

This is a very interesting activity from CS unplugged that involves using the outcome of a coin toss to generate an encrypted message. Although designed to be used with younger students, this activity illustrates the nature of cryptographic protocols and will be thought-provoking for A level students.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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Kid Krypto - public key encryption

A resource from CS Unplugged that covers the basics of public key encryption and key generation. Although aimed at younger students it is a perfectly suitable activity for A level.

publication year
2000 - 2009

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