Unit 2- Question 1

1. Explain what you think are some of the key differences between cyber security, cyber awareness and cyber safety. To what extent are you teaching these in the classroom or do you think they should be taught?
Nowadays with the advancement of technology, our lives are becoming more and more technologically dependent to work, study and even relax. Every day, a mass amount of data is created, collected and shared on the Internet. The more opportunities we can share and network the digital world, the more challenges and risks we have to face. Therefore, it is essential for each Internet user to be aware of cyber security. Regarding security, there are three key terms which are cyber security, cyber awareness and cyber safety. In general, they share similarities and can be used interchangeably, but there are still differences. This essay will outline the definitions and distinctness among them from the writer’s understanding.
According to the course, Cyber security is the practice of protecting computers, networks, programs, and data from digital attacks through security design, security controls and protection, security awareness and users’ behaviours. In other words, cyber security are things we do in reality to save users’ computing devices like laptops, tablets or mobiles, networks, programs and data from attacking for illegal purposes. From my own case, I often set a password to protect my laptop so that it cannot be accessed by anyone else without my permission. Likewise, Apple developed several ways to protect mobile users from lost data by designing ID touch, Face or voice recognization. Our lives cannot exist without secure ways. Everyone regardless ages play an important role in cyber security. They can be cyber security designers, those whose work is to maintain security and protection, cyber security awareness educators as well as digital tool users. It is obvious that the responsibility of cyber security does not only lie on the cyber professionals. If they try a lot to save us from online risks of losing or being stolen information by setting up multi-secure layers, but we are use the Internet and other digital devices irresponsibly, the cyber security cannot work well.
Another terms needs to be clarified is cyber safety (Internet safety, online safety or e-safety). It is defined as the behavior of using information and communication technologies (ICTs) securely and responsibly. The knowledge and skills we can follow to guarantee safe and responsible online behaviours are sub-areas of cyber safety. From my understanding, as digital tool users, we adopt several ways to make sure we behave appropriately online. For examples, we do not access, share or follow websites which have inappropriate content. Another illustration is that we seldom provide our confidential information online without knowing much about the websites’ safety.
Cyber awareness is considered as the knowledge, attitude and behaviours which is aimed to protect our information assets. There are a certain number of users who are not fully aware of cyber security importance. Therefore, education and policy play an essential role in raising cyber awareness. Educational campaigns can be conducted at schools, workplaces or in the classrooms. In the setting of schools, teachers need to understand and adopt practical ways to ensure the cyber security and set as models for students to follow. Only when are teachers confident about knowledge of cyber security and act responsibly and safety, they can help students foster the awareness of cyber security.
From my point of view, cyber security, cyber awareness and cyber safety should be taught in class throughout visual demonstrations like pictures, info-graphics, videos, etc. Students need to brainstorm their habitual behaviours online then decide if they are acting safely or risky. After that, teachers should give some comments and lead them to the key terms by provide them different resources like info-graphics, videos or even articles or face-to-face sharing from professionals if possible. The students themselves needs to come up with ways they can behave to protect them online then share with their teachers and classmates. The teachers will summarize and form a checklists about things students should or should not do online to raise their awareness of e-safety. Students have to reports their online behavior to their classmates and teachers to receive feedback. Learning by doing will help students have a better understand of the keys terms: cyber security, cyber awareness and cyber safety not only in theory but also in their real lives.
In conclusion, cyber security, cyber awareness and cyber safety are critical terms that can be used interchangeably, but they also have certain differences. More importantly, they can be taught at schools in a practical ways to ensure they can be understandable and useful for students because they may face multi-threats on using different digital devices.

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