The importance to teach Cyber Security and Awareness within schools is essential. Some reasons for this include:
- Technology adoption use is growing across all areas of life.
- Cyber security, awareness and safety is everyone’s responsibility.
- Cyber security careers and opportunities are increasing. s and cyber safety.
Having completed unit 1 and 2, I can now recognize that cyber security, cyber awareness and cyber safety and intertwined yet have some differences. The following descriptions of each element explores my opinion.
- Cyber Security involves the practice of protecting computer networks, programs and data from digital attacks. Cyber security protects users from over 30 million cyber attacks per year! The actual practice of Cyber Security involves protecting computers, networks, programs and data from digital attacks through security design, security controls and protection, security awareness and user behavior.
- Cyber Awareness on the other hand refers to ones knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of skills and strategies that best protect their information assets and digital footprint. Cyber awareness is so essential for students to be taught as it provides them with and understanding of skills and strategies in which help them identify and recognize threats.
- Lastly, the element Cyber Safety practically speaks for itself. Cyber Safety involves one safely and responsibly using Information Communication Technology. Cyber Safety involves adopting knowledge and skills to ensure that we behave safely and responsible.
Up until this point in time I have never thought about nor been educated in the area of ICT and the multiple elements connected to it. Each of the three elements should be taught to students. ACARA has a number of content descriptors regarding Digital Technologies across the Bands of Foundation through to Year 10 such as data collection, learning about and practising social and ethical protocols when collaborating and sharing in safe online environments etc. These elements need to be taught through age appropriate and hands on activities, ensuring that students are fully engaged with the task to ensure that they are retrieving and storing the information being presented through the task.