GCSE – Lesson 12 – Protecting a network

Curriculum KS4 Unit Lesson

This lesson starts by asking learners what data the school might hold about them. It also asks why it is important to keep that data safe. This will allow them to think about why it is so important to protect a network from cyber crime. Learners are then introduced to the two main types of attack, which are social engineering and malicious code. Next, learners use Packet Tracer to see a simulation of a pharming attack. Finally, learners play a network security game to introduce them to all of the threats and methods to protect a network before being asked to list some examples in the plenary.

Learning objectives

  • Determine the need for and importance of network security
  • Identify different forms of attacks on networks (social engineering, malicious software)
  • Explain network security methods

Package contents

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  • Learner resources
  • Homework