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Advanced Cybersecurity

The CodeHS Advanced Cybersecurity course is the capstone course of the cybersecurity pathway. Students will learn advanced topics in the field of cybersecurity, including advanced cryptography, networking, risk assessment, and cyber defense.

Overview & Highlights

High School
Contact Hours

Course Overview

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Advanced Cryptography
In this module, students apply advanced principles of cryptology. This includes explaining the core concepts of Public Key Infrastructure and hash functions. Students explore concepts of encrypted email, digital certificates, and private key certificates. They also take a look at the different types of SSL certificates, the chain of trust, and how a Certificate Authority (CA) works.
Project: Steganography
In this project, students explore steganography and create their own encryption algorithm to conceal and hide a message within the pixels of an image!
Advanced Networking
In this module, students explore and research network infrastructures and network security. They will demonstrate how to set up a virtual private network (VPN), and design and configure different types of networks. Students will also take a look at firewalls and how to initiate port scans.
Project: IT Professional
In this project, students explore cybersecurity career pathways and build skills that will be needed within these fields such as communication.
Cyber Defense
In this module, students explore different types of network attacks and how to build up security walls to defend against them.
Project: Put it in Writing!
In this project, students develop a training policy that informs employees on matters of network security and details the company policy on preventative measures employees should take.
Risk Management
In this module, students demonstrate skills in conducting vulnerability scans and recognizing vulnerabilities in security systems. They will conduct a security audit and examine port scanning, packet sniffing, and proxy servers to discover exploits in a system. Students also are able to recommend security measures to mitigate the vulnerabilities.
Project: The Game of Risk
In this project, students design and create a board game or a card game that will help players to identify randomized security vulnerabilities and their appropriate defenses.
Final Exam
Students are assessed on topics learned throughout the course.
What's Next?
Students explore the different pathways available to learn more about cybersecurity upon completing this course.

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Advanced Cybersecurity is aligned with the following standards

Standards Framework View Alignment
Indiana Computer Science 3: Cybersecurity View (100%)
Georgia Advanced Cybersecurity View (76.3%)
Virginia Cybersecurity Fundamentals View (72.5%)

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