Unit Two – Task #1 – Cyber Security, Awareness & Safety – Differences & Classroom Application

Cyber Security | Cyber Awareness | Cyber Safety

Cyber Security is defined as “the practice of protecting computers, networks, programs and data from digital attacks”. As you’d imagine Cyber Security is a fairly new concept, with the concept of it having been born out of ARPANET work in the 1970s. 50 years later Cyber Security is estimated to protect from 30 million attacks per year. Cyber Security systems are built around networks, not in the digital space but networks of people who, design, protect & utilise the security systems.

Cyber Awareness is defined as being ” the knowledge, attitude and behaviours that aim to protect our information assets”. Cyber Awareness relies upon proper educational platforms for and in a digital environment. Education in schools, regulations in workplaces or policies from governmental sources all offer opportunities for the proliferation of Cyber Awareness.

Cyber Safety is concerned with the “safe and responsible use of information communication technologies”. Cyber Saftey is predicated upon the idea that we as a populace should be aware of our behaviour on and use of the internet & other cyberspaces & that this idea of benevolent ‘digital citizenship’ is core to the existence and maintaining of a digital utopia.

Differences Between the Categories

As we can see above the three terms (could also be called categories) are unique yet share a level of interconnectedness. Obviously, all three share a common goal, which is to make for a more user-friendly Cyberspace, yet still, all three categories are predicated on the utilisation of different approaches. Cyber Security not only exists in digital space but also in the physical world.  Cyber Security could be as simple as a lock on the door to a server room. Cyber Awareness, on the other hand, largely deals with humans and their knowledge of digital system functions. Cyber Awareness can be actions undertaken in digital spaces or in physical spaces but relies upon a base level of education (to the user) for it to be implemented properly or with some degree of success. Finally, Cyber Safety could be defined as the way we use our technology and the recognition of the fact that the misuse of technology could have wide-sweeping consequences. Cyber Safety relies upon users of digital technologies to operate such technologies with care and tact, as not to inhibit the use of such technologies by others.

Classroom Application of the Categories.

Classroom application of these ideas is difficult in the context of humanities teaching. As the content learnt mostly predates digital technologies it is difficult to utilise digital technologies beyond images or videos, which are already filtered and often censored for classroom application. Students will at one point or another through the course of a term, need to utilise digital technologies to create assignment tasks (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint), to back up their argument (source material) (ACHHS208/168) or even to present their argument (multimedia presentation) (ACHHS214/175). Students in the humanities classes are taught how to make use of these resources in a way that is relevant to what is required of them in the curriculum and are used throughout High School and into University as core components of tasks.


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