Cybersecurity Training for Teachers (CTT4) - April 1, 2024

Course Description

The shift by educational institutions towards digital learning has resulted in an increased number of students and educators utilising the internet for both learning and teaching. In numerous developing Commonwealth households, students are increasingly using online learning materials and assessment tools via devices belonging to parents or older relatives.

Teachers, students, parents, and carers are now more vulnerable to cyber attacks than ever before as they face various security risks due to online and blended learning. Recent reports show an increase in cyber threats in the education sector, making cybersecurity a top priority for educators. 

The Cybersecurity Training for Teachers (CTT) course is designed to provide teachers with the knowledge they need to protect themselves and their students online and create awareness for parents and carers.

The five-week course is designed for secondary and primary school teachers, teacher educators, and other education practitioners. It will take up to five hours per week. Participants will learn through articles, case studies, videos, practical activities, webinars, and discussions with other students and mentors.

Course Contents

Week 1: Introduction to Cyber Security

During the first week, participants will:

  • Explore how the cyber space works
  • Define cyber security and explore its importance
  • Explore why cyber criminals target educational institutions
  • Understand the CIA triad and its significance in cyber security

Week 2: Cyber Threats

During the second week, the participants will:

  • Cover cyber security threats, such as malware, identity theft, and social engineering.
  • Engage with practical case studies of real-life attacks

Week 3: Defending Against Cyber Threats

In the third week, the participants will explore:

  • Password management techniques
  • The need for software updates, antivirus and backups
  • Securing online communication
  • Device security
  • Cyber security and data protection laws

Week 4: Securing Online Learning Platforms

In the fourth week, participants will cover:

  • Existing online learning platforms
  • Cyber threats facing online learning platforms
  • Security features in online learning platforms

Week 5: Cyber Safety for Students

In the final week, the participants will explore:

  • Student online protection
  • Online risks facing students
  • Incorporating cybersecurity in the classroom
  • Laws that support child online protection

Target audience

  • Primary and secondary school teachers
  • Teacher educators
  • Other education practitioners

Outcomes of this Course

After completion of this course, the participant is expected to be able to:

  1. Understand cybersecurity and its relevance in digital learning
  2. Identify and mitigate various cybersecurity threats and attacks
  3. Outline various techniques that students can use to protect themselves when using technology
  4. Incorporate best cybersecurity practices through protective and preventive measures; and
  5. Demonstrate understanding of cybersecurity laws, acts and relevant regulatory organizations and bodies.


A Certificate of Completion or Certificate of Participation will be awarded to participants who meet the requirements.