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Program goals

The Cyber Castle Challenge aims develop the cyber security awareness and skills of students aged 8 to 13. It will introduce them to a diverse range of cyber security role models and potential careers. By the end of this program, students will be able to make connections with how cyber security impacts their lives and their futures.

This program strongly links to the Digital Technologies Australian Curriculum, in addition to the General Capabilities of Digital Literacy, and Creative and Critical Thinking.

  • Digital Technologies aim to help students develop fundamental skills around the safe use of technologies. There is a focus on privacy and security throughout students’ personal use of technologies.
  • Digital Literacy aims to provide students with skills to identify and use appropriate technologies, and helps students understand and protect their personal data.
  • Critical and Creative Thinking aim to increase student’s inquiry skills. There is a focus on collaboration to analyse information and draw logical conclusions, whilst identifying alternative solution possibilities.

Cyber security in practice

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) produced a framework to guide organisations seeking to improve cyber security risk management by ensuring a consistent approach to decision making. The framework has 5 cyclic steps called the Cyber Security Lifecycle: Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover.

  • Identify: Understand the cyber security risk to their systems by identifying users, assets, data and capabilities within the team to overcome threats.
  • Protect: Develop and implement safeguards to limit or stop potential cyber security events.
  • Detect: Have structures to identify cyber security attacks before they happen.
  • Respond: Take appropriate actions when a cyber security event is detected.
  • Recover: Quickly restore any capabilities or services impaired by a cyber security event.