Australian high school students will be taught basic cyber security skills for the first time in a program launched by the Australian Computing Academy (ACA), a division of the University of Sydney.
The Schools Cyber Security Challenge launched today for students in years 7 to 10 with the aim of closing the gap in cyber security skills and awareness for Australian students.
The program is backed by $1.35 million in funding by ANZ Bank, Commonwealth Bank, NAB, Westpac and BT, which was matched by the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (AustCyber).
The program will taught in conjunction with the compulsory Digital Technologies Curriculum and will be spearheaded by the ACA.
The program itself consists of four interactive challenges, the first of which was announced today, that will introduce students to the fundamentals of cyber security.
Students will start by hacking and collecting personal information from fictitious social media profiles in attempt to allow them to think from an attacker's perspectives.
There will be four challenges in total that launch later in 2019 which focus on data transmission and encryption, wired and wireless network security and web application security.
Schools across the country will have free access to interactive teaching resource for the program, along with immediate intelligent feedback, automated marking and professional development for teachers.
ACA director James Curran said that there was a significant lack of awareness around cyber security for students and the public in general.
"The Schools Cyber Security Challenges addresses this gap by fostering security-conscious students who are well equipped to deal with cyber security challenges both in their personal lives, and later, in the workforce,” Curran said.
“Teachers and parents concerned about cyber security can now be confident that their students and children will be vigilant in all aspects of their digital lives by participating in the Schools Cyber Security Challenges. Students will also be presented with a new perspective on pursuing a potential career in cyber security.”
Resources can be accessed from the ACA website here.