Study delves deep into school cybersecurity curriculums

Last month the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) released a study about how cybersecurity and cybersafety are taught in United States schools. Researchers interviewed more than 1,000 teachers, 400 school administrators, and 200 technology coordinators.

Microsoft sponsored the study (“The State of K–12 Cyberethics, Cybersafety and Cybersecurity Curriculum in the United States”) which revealed that only 35 percent of United States schools require cyberethics, cybersafety, and cybersecurity in their curriculums. And only 27 percent of the teachers in the United States educate students about important topics like the safe use of social networks.

 

Read the report.

With current state of the economy and with education budgets being reduced, it’s not surprising that teachers find it difficult to teach cybersecurity. Microsoft wants to help by providing free resources for educators, care givers, and parents.

For more information, see:

·         Microsoft: Protect your family

·         Security brochures and fact sheets

·         Online safety and security event guide

·         Security PowerPoint presentation

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »