2020 National Cyber Summit

Summit Speaker Hillary Fleenor

Session Information

Developing and Implementing a Cybersecurity Course for Middle School
Thursday, June 6, 2019 1:15 p.m. - 1:35 p.m.
Investing in raising a generation with more security-aware minds is vital in pre-venting many of the security incidents that threaten individuals, organizations, businesses and nations today. In addition, there is a high need for well-trained cybersecurity professionals to protect our networks, computer systems, and in-frastructure. Early exposure to basic cybersecurity concerns and concepts is key to developing awareness, piquing student interest, and laying foundation for more complex skill development. In this work, authors present their work developing a middle school cybersecurity curriculum for U.S. grade 8 students. This includes standards, objectives, and lessons for implementation within a year-long business and computer science course. The authors also share their experience and results from piloting the curriculum with nearly sixty grade 8 students in two classes at a Title I middle school in Columbus, GA during the 2017-2018 school year. A comparison of pre and post test results on the content show a significant growth in mastery of key cybersecurity concepts. In addition, artifacts from the course indicate an increased student interest in cybersecurity.
Von Braun Center - North Hall | Salon 1A
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Hillary Fleenor
Columbus State University
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Dr. Yesem Kurt Peker
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Columbus State University
Dr. Yesem Kurt Peker is a faculty in the TSYS School of Computer Science at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. She teaches courses in programming and security. Her area of research is cryptography and its applications. She is also interested in computer science and cybersecurity education starting in K12.