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South Carolina Cybersecurity Fundamentals


Unit Description
What is Cybersecurity?: Students explore the basics of cybersecurity. Students will learn about why cybersecurity is important, recent threats to cybersecurity, and different careers in the field.
Digital Citizenship and Cyber Hygiene : Students learn digital etiquette in order to use the Internet safely, effectively, and ethically.
Project: Public Service Announcement : Students create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to teach their peers about digital citizenship and cyber hygiene.
The ABCs of Cryptography : Students explore the history of cryptography systems, the motivation behind using encryption systems, and basic cryptography systems.
Advanced Cryptography: Students apply advanced principles of cryptology, including Public Key Infrastructure and hash functions, encrypted email, digital certificates, and private key certificates.
Project: Steganography: Students explore steganography and create your own encryption algorithm to conceal and hide a message within the pixels of an image.
System Administration: Students investigate common operating systems, security options and implement user accounts to enforce authentication and authorization.
Cyber Defense: Students learn basic SQL and common attacks like SQLi, and solutions for flawed security systems.
Networking Fundamentals : Students explore the structure and design of the internet and networks, and how this design affects the reliability of network communication, the security of data, and personal privacy.
IT Infrastructure: Students learn about the physical elements of computers and networking, such as motherboards, RAM, routers, and the use of port numbers, ethernet, and wireless devices.
Project: Troubleshooting : Students explore the troubleshooting methodology and utilize it to solve sample IT support issues.
Risk Management : Students conduct a security audit and examine port scanning, packet sniffing, and proxy servers to discover exploits in a system.
Final Exam : Students demonstrate mastery of topics learned throughout the course.
What's Next? : Students explore the different pathways available to learn more about cybersecurity upon completing this course.

Unit Description
Programming Fundamentals : Students learn the fundamentals of programming including variables, arrays, and objects as well as the difference in interpreted and compiled languages. Students explore programming through block coding which includes conditional statements and control structures.
Software Security: Students learn what happens when running a web application and how to look inside web apps using developer tools, source code, and more. Students learn basic SQL and common attacks like SQLi, and by the end of the module, students will be able to recommend solutions for flawed security systems.
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: 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.
Project: Digital Forensics : In this project, students will work through fictitious forensic cases to practice collecting, examining, analyzing and reporting on data that they have unveiled.
Cryptocurrency : This module gives an introduction to cryptocurrencies and characteristics of its underlying technology, which is blockchain. It delves into the possibilities of how cryptocurrencies can solve some global banking problems, but also looks at the major deficiencies and problems of blockchain and cryptocurrency.
SQL Part II: The SQL : Continue learning more topics in SQL.
Web Development : In this unit, students will go through a high level introduction to HTML, CSS, and the processes involved in viewing web pages on the internet. Students will create several simple web pages using the CodeHS online editor to gain practice using the various features of HTML and CSS.
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