Explained | Should cybersecurity be introduced as a subject for students in grades 9 and 10?


Here are some reasons to include cybersecurity in the curriculum for 9th and 10th graders.

Explained | Should cybersecurity be introduced as a subject for students in grades 9 and 10?

By India Today Web Desk: The internet has become the paramount necessity of daily life in this era and the education sector is quick to take advantage of its benefits. But the rise of cybercriminals is forcing every educational institution to step up its security. After the pandemic, Indian educational institutions started turning to technical support and online education became indispensable in the lives of millions of students and teachers.

But India is also badly affected by cybersecurity attacks and the education sector needs protection against data breaches, phishing and ransomware.

Learning about cybersecurity is important for all ages, and 9th and 10th graders need more knowledge about it. Teenagers are more susceptible to cyberattacks which can have a negative effect on their brains and overall mental health. Students may face different degrees of cyberattacks: distributed denial of service, IoT vulnerabilities, data manipulation, etc.

Let’s learn more about the importance of thoroughly introducing cybersecurity to students in grades 9 and 10.

WHY SHOULD THERE BE CYBERSECURITY EDUCATION?

Cybersecurity provides a defensive mechanism for internet-connected devices against cyber hackers. This kind of security is a prerequisite for any organization that operates digitally. Several reasons such as lack of technical knowledge, increased internet usage and lack of awareness of cyber attacks contribute to the recent increase in cyber crime.

Online thieves do not spare the education sector and always find a way to steal and manipulate information. Not only they will hatch malicious activities on educational portals but also infuse unwanted malware that may leak private information.

According to the NordVPN Security Report 2021, India failed the cybersecurity test and fell 14 points against the global standard. IT experts believe that it is high time to put cybersecurity on the curriculum of schools, universities and educational institutions to mitigate ongoing cyber threats.

Thus, knowledge of cybersecurity is crucial for students and teachers. This will help students stay safe while developing their skills without compromising confidential information.

Cybersecurity is also important for students’ mental peace. Random data breaches and unwanted system malfunctions will create disturbances in the minds of students.

Here are some reasons to include cybersecurity in the curriculum for students in grades 9 and 10:

1. CYBERSECURITY JOBS OFFER GREAT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Cybersecurity has transformed into an evergreen industry and has proven to serve the greatest good of aspiring students. Many technology companies, such as Dell, Cognizant, InfoTech, Accenture, etc., have a huge demand for cybersecurity experts.

Aspiring students who have developed technical skills in cybersecurity will have the chance to work in top-notch organizations. In addition, national crime agencies, security services and police departments will have vacancies for cybersecurity experts.

2. CYBERSECURITY JOBS OFFER LUCRATIVE SALARIES

Cybersecurity jobs offer high salaries, and depending on designations and roles, a professional is likely to get raises. Every online business has to protect their data and appoint security specialists, spending a lot of money.

The increase in cyberattacks in almost every industry forces every organization to take this very seriously. This is why government and private agencies are willing to provide training and high earning opportunities.

Currently, there is an annual shortage of 39,000 information security analysts, according to Cyberseek, a globally recognized interactive career path. Therefore, there is a requirement for qualified cybersecurity professionals.

3. CHANCES OF INCREASING PERSONAL GROWTH

Learning a new skill will increase its mental dimension. Acquiring knowledge about cyber security will not only enrich a person with valuable information but also secure the online environment in a better way.

Every day will be full of new challenges and everyone will have the opportunity to expand their skills, interpersonal and analytical skills. Complex technical problems will broaden the sharpness of the mind and help it grow globally.

WHAT EXACTLY SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE CYBER SECURITY COURSE?

Education ministers are to come up with new cybersecurity courses for different classes. Starting e-education from grades 9 and 10 will be the most productive as many students want to tackle subjects that pique their interest.

Not all students are willing to follow traditional streams such as science, business or the arts. Some of them want to learn more about technology and make a career out of it. So, introducing cyber security at the school level will give them enough time to hone their skills and prepare for their dream job.

However, many students who choose a non-technical track may be deprived of cybersecurity courses. This course must be planned in such a way that every future student can choose it. Eligibility criteria should be relaxed to encourage as many students as possible to choose this course.

Technical training students, as well as non-technical training students, should be able to take this course after their 10th class exam.

The course should have hands-on experience with trainers rather than theoretical lessons. Students need to be mentored in a way that they can showcase their skills while getting recruited.

By Harsh Suresh Bharwani, CEO and Managing Director of Jetking Infotrain.

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