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Workshop #310: Teaching Cybersecurity in CSP (or Any CS Class): Introducing the Security Mindset
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fri Mar 13, 2020
E145

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This interactive workshop will introduce the broad idea of cybersecurity through threat modeling and the human-centered nature of authentication. Participants will learn how to begin developing the "security mindset" in CS students at all levels. No previous cybersecurity experience is required! The Teaching Security lessons at teachingsecurity.org were designed to meet the cybersecurity learning objectives in the AP Computer Science Principles framework, but they are appropriate for any high school computer science class or program (including dedicated cybersecurity classes). Our lessons are prepared by subject-matter experts, and include many "unplugged" activities. In addition to model lessons, the workshop will provide opportunities for attendees who teach cybersecurity to share their own strategies. Cybersecurity is vital to a technology-driven society. Daily headlines about data breaches and ransomware attacks demonstrate that we can't ignore the security risks inherent to our highly networked lives. Cybersecurity is a growing job field -- and even for students that don't go on to pursue cybersecurity careers, it is crucial to have some level of security awareness! But until very recently, young people usually weren't introduced to the intrigue and opportunity of cybersecurity until advanced undergraduate CS courses. However, the real world implications and applied nature of the topic lends itself well to catching the interest of a diverse group of students in CS at a younger age.

See https://teachingsecurity.org/sigcse-2020/ for more information.

Equipment Optional. It is not necessary for participants to bring equipment.

Abstract

Cybersecurity is vital to a technology-driven society. Daily headlines demonstrate that we cannot ignore the potential security risks inherent to our increasingly more networked lives. Cybersecurity is a growing job field --but even for students that don't go on to pursue cybersecurity careers, it is crucial to have some level of security awareness! But until very recently, young people were usually not introduced to the intrigue and opportunity of cybersecurity until advanced undergraduate CS courses. However, the real world implications and applied nature of the topic lends itself well to engaging a wide audience, key to catching the interest of a diverse group of students in CS at a younger age.

We have developed a series of lessons that introduce the broad idea of cybersecurity through threat modeling and the human-centered nature of authentication. They were prepared by subject-matter experts with research backgrounds in the technical workings and social implications of cybersecurity. While our lessons were specifically designed to meet the cybersecurity learning objectives in the AP Computer Science Principles framework, they are appropriate for any high school computer science class.

This will be an interactive workshop for CS educators at all levels; no previous cybersecurity experience required. (Laptops also optional.) Participants will learn how to begin developing the "security mindset" by teaching students a simplified version of threat modeling. We will also preview lessons on authentication and social engineering. In addition, the workshop will provide opportunities for attendees who teach cybersecurity learning objectives to share their own strategies.


Speakers
Dan Garcia Teaching Professor, UC Berkeley
Buffie Holley Teacher, Albemarle High School
Julia Bernd International Computer Science Institute
Maritza Johnson Senior User Experience Researcher, Google