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Garden State Cyber

Garden State Cyber

The goal of the Garden State Cyber curriculum is to introduce high school students to basic cybersecurity concepts and inspire interest in cybersecurity careers.

The GS Cyber courses:

  • do not require any prerequisite knowledge in computing or cybersecurity for either the student or teacher. 
  • can be delivered completely on Chromebooks with no specialized equipment. 
  • include access to a cyber range for online labs at zero cost to districts. 
  • incorporate the 2020 New Jersey Student Learning Standards – Computer Science and Design Thinking.

What is provided to an instructor?

  • Lesson plans with objectives and NJ state standards.
  • Instructional PPT presentations with video and audio.
  • Teacher notes with background and tips on teaching each topic.
  • Hands-on activities
  • Practice labs in an online cyber range
  • Quizzes and project-based assessments with rubrics
  • Professional Development and support throughout the year

Intro to Cybersecurity I– Syllabus    Course Map

Catalog Course Description: This course is designed for students who are interested in exploring careers in Cybersecurity. The focus of instruction will include the implementation and monitoring of security on network and computer systems. Students will investigate strategies to identify and protect against security threats such as hackers, eavesdropping and network attacks. The basics of cryptography and logic reasoning will be explored. Hands-on labs in a cyber range provide practice in the configuration and mitigation of system vulnerabilities. Each unit integrates current events and related cyber ethics and law.

*Ethics agreement must be signed by all students and parents during the first 2 weeks of class.

Intro to Cybersecurity II – Syllabus   Course Map

Catalog Course Description: The course is second in a series to introduce high school students to cybersecurity concepts and inspire interest in cybersecurity careers. Building on the concepts from Introduction to Cybersecurity, instruction will focus on  vulnerabilities found in digital systems and methods to implement defense. Students will apply tools to identify vectors of attack and ways to mitigate vulnerabilities. Advanced forms of cryptography will be explored along with the role they play in securing remote transactions. Hands-on labs executed in a cyber range provide practice in the configuration and mitigation of system vulnerabilities. Each unit integrates current events with cyber ethics and law. *Ethics agreement must be signed by all students and parents during the first 2 weeks of class. PRE: Intro to Cybersecurity I.

Garden State Cyber curriculum was created through a collaboration of NJ teachers and CS4NJ
Co-Chairs: Mandy Galante and Daryl Detrick (Warren Hills HS) Development Committee members

Danielle Vanderberghe – Midland Park Jr/Sr High School

Ann-Marie Linz – Watchung Hills High School

Mariel Kolker – Morristown High School

Gary Hull – Spotswood High School

Laura Wojick – Phillipsburg High School

Kevin Jala – Cranford High School

Lee Neamand – New Brunswick High School

Nikita Patil – Academy for Information Technology

For more information email: mrsg.cyber@gmail.com