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  • Semester 1 2024-2025

    Aug 28, 2024-Dec 13, 2024 For Members Register
  • Semester 2 2024-2025

    Jan 8, 2025-April 25, 2025 For Members Register

Course Overview

Cybercriminals leverage technology and human behavior to attack our online security. This course explores the fundamentals of, and vulnerabilities in, the design of: Computers (computer components, connectivity); Networks (design, Domain Name Services, and TCP/IP, hubs, switches, and routers); and The internet (DNS, HTTP, routing protocols, and access control for internet devices).

From understanding the intricacies of data protection and networking principles to exploring the physical architecture of networks, ciphers, and encryption techniques, the course is meticulously designed to equip students with a holistic understanding of the cybersecurity landscape. Delve into the human element of cyber attacks, navigate the world of machines, dissect malware anatomy, and grapple with the delicate balance between privacy and tracking. Gain expertise in encryption, data recovery, and enterprise security, culminating in an exploration of emerging trends. This course ensures students emerge with the knowledge and skills necessary to safeguard against evolving cyber threats in our interconnected digital age.

There is no computer science prerequisite for this course, though students with some background will certainly find avenues to flex their knowledge

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Students in GOA courses will need reliable access to a computer with webcam/microphone connections, an email address (preferably school-based), a Web-conferencing app (GOA courses use Zoom), and a Word processing app (GOA courses use Google’s G Suite). When necessary, alternative arrangements may be made.

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