Keeping yourself safe online is something everyone should know. It can be done in many different ways, one of them being Cyber security which can range from putting a password on a phone to creating a firewall. Students in Ms. Sulaitis senior Math class are currently learning about it in the QIRAT program. “I don’t know what that is.” Says Freshman Peyton Moon. It’s been evident that high school students don’t know much about it, even though they’re the ones that arguably need it the most because of their social media usage, Chromebooks in schools, and many more. “Students need to be careful when receiving emails or text messages that have links or PDFs that may be malware” Says Morro Bay High Teacher Ms. Sulaitis.
Sulaitis describes Cyber security as “the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. These cyberattacks are usually aimed at assessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users; or interrupting normal business processes”
Cyber attacks can come from anywhere. “Students need to be careful when receiving emails or text messages that have links or PDFs that may be malware” says Sulaitis. There are tons of emails sent out everyday to people to try tricking others for their bank information or other confidential knowledge. Many hackers or actors tend to trick people into giving up their passwords. “For example it is much easier to fool someone into giving you their password than it is for you to try hacking their password (unless the password is really weak).” says Ms. Sulaitis. She feels that it’s important for students to learn about cyber security since students are consistently online. There is also no computer science class at Morro Bay High School so there was no way for students to explore this career path at school. She also has been trained for teaching this class. “I completed a cybersecurity training at Cal Poly last summer”. She hopes that her students can learn from this class and are able to be safer online.
Students at Morro Bay high in Sulatitis’s class are more knowledgeable than most other students about Cybersecurity. The goal is for students to obtain “an awareness of protecting themselves from cyberattacks and bad actors who may target them or family through social engineering. I also hoped some would be interested in a possible career path in cybersecurity.” Students in this class, such as senior Luis Linos, agree that this is really helpful to learn.