Computer Security Basics Lesson Plan For Middle School

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Computer Security Basics Lesson Plan For Middle School


There are different levels of knowledge and experience in computer security. We all have the ability to acquire this information no matter what our background. With this being said it may feel overwhelming if you are just getting started in the process. Most private and government organizations require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a computer related field to even get started as a cyber security professional. Programs with a name like bachelors of Science in cyber security with a fancy naming school at the end can dissuade even the brightest of students from wanting to dip their toes in knowing more about cyber security. I am happy to tell you don’t feel overwhelmed when attempting to learn the basics it is much easier than it sounds.

Step number one would involve the key functions of operating a computer this involves staying up-to-date with the latest security soft where. Staying proactive not stagnate in the security industry is important this is especially true for IT security.



With new ways to defeat security systems coming out every day, as security professionals or the average Joe we need to stay ahead of the criminals. A risk assessment of a computer will give the user an idea of what types of threats are most likely to happen. With this knowledge we can now take action. With time and finances limited it would not be prudent in fact it is impossible to completely eliminate every risk, no worries hear we will discuss this later on. A great tool in the cyber security industry that the government offers is a data base involving all known software viruses. The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center or NCCIC for short has a program called Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures this identifies and comes up with solutions to combat many of the most common viruses.



Now that the risk assessment proses have been complete the risk management process kicks in. Risk management is just that how will we properly management this system in terms of security. This involves equipment, time management, knowledge and finances. The equipment being the soft where, malware protection is critical in protecting the system. Note it is necessary to periodically update the security system it is recommended you do this on a weekly basis. The point of this is to stay current with the malware. New viruses are coming out virtually every day old security systems will not have the data to identify then come up with a countermeasure if the system is not updated.


Security Breach

What happens if a security breach does take place? Like I stated at the beginning it is impossible to eliminate all risks. This is why we have a procedure called a business continuity plan. A business continuity plane has become more common in recent years being organizations have moved towards network virtualization. Virtualization and BCP go hand and hand, a BCP is designed to reduce the felt impact of a security breach. The goal is to resume operations as quickly and close to organizational standards before the breach took place.

Virtualization improves organizing information allows for faster updates of soft where overall creating an improved security system.


The advantages of virtualization in terms of an organizations operational ability are significant. Reduced spending, easier backup and disaster recovery, improved business continuity, efficient IT operations and better productivity are all positives virtualization brings to the table. As long as you break down computer security step by step you do not need to be an IT security professional to create a safe virtual environment to conduct business, entertainment, education and more. Starting with risk assessment procedure leading to the risk management process having a business continuity plan in place will aid everyone in virtualizing their information.


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Advanced Placement (AP)