Are you returning to the classroom this fall? Maybe, maybe not? Don’t worry, NICERC materials will translate… well… nicely, to a virtual or distance-themed learning environment. For high school students looking to learn more about cybersecurity, we are proud to announce that effective June 1, 2020, we are making public our first course that deals 100% with cybersecurity! What are we calling it, you ask? Why, “Cybersecurity,” of course!
In the NICERC Cybersecurity course, you can expect to see content that is aligned with CompTIA’s Security+ exam as well as additional features that are standard offerings for most NICERC courses. From end to end, teachers will have access to a variety of information broken into the six domains of the CompTIA certification:
Within those six domains are more than 100 individual lessons. Each lesson comes complete with master notes, a PPT file, and quiz questions that are ready for immediate use or can be imported into your quiz management system. Many lessons also have lab exercises that are designed to run on Kali Linux and Windows systems (physical or virtual through the US Cyber Range) and case studies that look at how certain aspects of cybersecurity have changed over time. Additionally, there are three appendices to the content that will help a teacher at any level present the content: Linux Command Line, a Networking Overview, and Legal Considerations. The Linux Command Line lesson will help you introduce students to operating in Linux and how to perform simple operations using the CLI, or Command Line Interface. The Networking Overview lesson provides introductory content to level-set students on networking terms and concepts. The Legal Considerations lesson lays out discussions and research that can be performed on a variety of domestic and international laws and regulations.
What else will you see when you log in to Cybersecurity on Canvas? You’ll see a printable and fillable Student Acceptable Use Policy template that will illustrate some of the legal ramifications of student’s choosing to use the knowledge gained in this course for irresponsible means. You’ll find information about the US Cyber Range, a partnership between NICERC and Virginia Tech University that provides cloud-based cyber range capabilities for schools to use in the classroom. A cyber range is a virtual lab environment where students can simulate cybersecurity scenarios in a safe, protected online environment as they explore the back end of IT systems used by today’s industries. You’ll also be connected to a ground-floor, grass-roots operation, including the opportunity to network with other Cybersecurity teachers from across the country. NICERC’s current K-12 network boasts more than 18,000 members, with more and more being added each day. These teachers participate in regular professional development and collaboration opportunities, and we’d love to include you in those notices.
So, a reminder, if after June 1, you don’t have “Cybersecurity” on your Canvas dashboard, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request it to be added! And as always, we appreciate the job that our teachers do in the classroom. Now, more than ever, your tireless days and seemingly endless weeks are appreciated more than you know.