GCSE – Network security

Curriculum KS4 Unit


This unit enables students to gain knowledge and understanding of the range of cybersecurity threats impacting the world, our organisations, as well as us as individuals. Learners will explore security measures that can be put in place to protect networks and your data against different forms of automated and non-automated forms of attack. Once they have understood the impact of cybercrime, they will be inspired to be part of the solution, when they learn about the potential for lucrative and fulfilling careers in cybersecurity.

Unit guide

Updated: 10 Feb 2023

Learning graph

Updated: 10 Feb 2023


Lesson 1

The cost of cybercrime and hacker motivation

Lesson 2

Non-automated cybercrime

Lesson 3

Automated cybercrime

Lesson 4

Software design as defence

Lesson 5

Network design as defence

Lesson 6

Where is the danger?

Lesson 7

Being part of the solution