October 31, 2022

Why cyber security needs to be taught in schools

From typing to word processing, the nature of tech skills for school-leavers has changed a lot in the last few decades. While touch typing has been around since the late 19th century, a wide variety of tech skills have entered the educational system since the widespread introduction of personal computers in the workplace.

These include the ability to troubleshoot, back-up data and use self-directed online learning. Cyber security is also on the list of tech skills that every student should have. Learners need to include cyber security to their list of life skills due to a rapidly evolving cyber space, where attacks are becoming more advanced and defense systems are becoming more complex.

The importance of cyber security in schools

The World Economic Forum recommends that the curriculum in schools include lessons on cyber security. To address the rise in attacks, educational institutions need to develop a cyber security plan. Global education was greatly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, with many schools switching to digital learning and teaching tools.

Students are becoming more and more reliant on their devices and the education sector is one of the industries most affected by malware. Students need to learn how to identify malware, particularly the kind that masquerades as fun pop-ups or suggests that you have won a prize, as school networks are an easy target for cybercriminals.

By clicking on these links, you run the risk of infecting your computer system with malware. Schools are often ill-prepared to tackle the challenges of cyber security. Teachers as well as students need to be educated about the current cyber security landscape.

Educating students about cyber security

Cyber security involves protecting networks and devices used for both personal and professional purposes. One of the main goals is to prevent unauthorised access to sensitive or personal information. How to identify cyber threats and the characteristics they show ought to be covered in awareness training in schools.

This kind of awareness training not only benefits pupils but also gives them lifelong skills that prepare them for the workplace. Those who have a particular interest in cyber security can be encouraged to pursue a career in the industry.

Another crucial area in which students require suitable training is email phishing. Recognizing phishing attempts requires being able to spot clickbait, grammar and spelling errors, or requests that demand an urgent response from the recipient.

Ransomware and other forms of malware can result from phishing attempts in emails. In exchange for a decryption key, these viruses encrypt the user's computer and demand payment. Ransomware is frequently spread by phishing emails and infected websites. Even with the decryption key, it might not be possible to recover data once your system has been compromised.

Preparing the next generation of cyber security professionals

Some practical experience is necessary to pursue a career in cyber security. While theoretical knowledge and certificates are certainly beneficial, having practical skills is critical. Organisations need employees who can implement and operate the technical requirements.

Soft skills like problem-solving, communication and a desire to learn are also necessary for cyber security jobs in addition to technical skills and subject-matter expertise. Since the threat landscape for cyber security is ever-changing, professionals in the industry must be passionate learners. They must make it a priority to keep up with emerging trends and technologies.

These experts need to have excellent problem-solving skills, including the ability to find creative ways to tackle emerging challenges. The world of cyber security is a complicated one, so professionals in the field must be flexible, creative and prepared for the unexpected.

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