Cyber security taught in high schools, thanks to BT and Big Four banks

CIO | February 18, 2019

Cyber security taught in high schools, thanks to BT and Big Four banks
Australian high school students will be taught cyber security skills “for the first time” as part of a $1.35 million initiative backed by the Big Four banks, AustCyber and BT. The ‘Cyber Challenges’ program, which launched today at St Andrews Cathedral School in Sydney, is an optional element of the compulsory digital technologies curriculum, and encourages school kids to “think like a hacker”. There are four challenges – developed by the Australian Computing Academy (ACA) at the University of Sydney – which cover online personal safety, cryptography, networking and SQL injections. “There is a significant lack of awareness and skills around cyber security – in society in general, and amongst students,” said James Curran, academic director of the ACA and one of the original authors of the digital technologies curriculum.

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Cyber Monday is a record setting day year after year: most internet traffic, most online sales, and unfortunately, huge amounts of cyber-criminal activity. Christmas really does come early for hackers–they target gullible shoppers and vulnerable businesses to capitalize on the fervor surrounding Cyber Monday. Customers are far more likely to fall victim to malware or phishing and disclose sensitive information like credit card numbers and bank accounts. Hackers package their malicious links as too-good-to-be-true discount codes and take to social media in order to amplify their attack. Check out the infographic to see some tactics used by hackers and how you can protect yourself against any Cyber Monday scam.

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Cyber Monday is a record setting day year after year: most internet traffic, most online sales, and unfortunately, huge amounts of cyber-criminal activity. Christmas really does come early for hackers–they target gullible shoppers and vulnerable businesses to capitalize on the fervor surrounding Cyber Monday. Customers are far more likely to fall victim to malware or phishing and disclose sensitive information like credit card numbers and bank accounts. Hackers package their malicious links as too-good-to-be-true discount codes and take to social media in order to amplify their attack. Check out the infographic to see some tactics used by hackers and how you can protect yourself against any Cyber Monday scam.