Elena Sitnikova

Dr Elena Sitnikova

Critical Infrastructure Research Leader, Australian Centre for Cyber Security, UNSW Canberra, ADFA

Cecil Goldstein

Cecil Goldstein

Cybersecurity trainer, Australian Centre for Cyber Security, UNSW Canberra, ADFA and AxisAgile


Digital technology is irrevocably woven into the fabric of almost every facet of our lives.

Cyberspace has become a new dimension for human activity and interaction at all levels. While this has brought tremendous benefits, it has created new issues to deal with. Like any environment then where humans engage, there are dangers that we need to know of, and protect against.

Educational institutions, by their very nature have a need to ensure their own safety and that of their education communities in cyberspace, and a responsibility to educate future generations to productively and securely thrive.

This workshop will focus on understanding the vulnerabilities and threats that face K12 institutions, and what can be done to mitigate their impact. Participants will consider the nature of Internet threats, and be able to see how attacks actually occur. Consideration will be given to understanding the concepts of cyber security, what needs to protected, how this can be done, and what recovery and contingency strategies can be applied. Best practices for staying safe on the Internet will be discussed, with particular reference to social media, and its growing socio-psychological impact.

Attendees will also receive guidelines to help then formulate a strategic plan to safeguard their organisation, staff and students.

Who Should Attend?

  • ICT Officers/Administrators/Managers/Directors/
  • Network/Information Security/Systems Administrators/Managers
  • Principals
  • School Administrators/Business Managers
  • ICT teachers
  • Guidance teachers
  • Anyone concerned with cyber security and involved in educating or protecting their school community from cyber-threats and dangers.

Why Attend?

  • Understand the nature of cybercrime and cyber threats, and the potential dangers these pose to your institution.
  • Learn to identify the vulnerabilities in your school systems and networks, and the risk factors that you are exposed to.
  • Become aware of the strategies you can deploy to mitigate risk, enhance information assurance, and ensure continuity of service
  • Exercise building a security policy, including a contingency plan for your organisation
  • Look at the issues involved in student use of the Internet, and the best practices for safe cyber-behaviour that could help protect students and staff from personal and technical dangers.

What To Bring?

  • Laptops if available


8:30 | Arrival

9:00 | Commencement

9:00 - 10:30 | Session 1: Introduction (90 mins)

  • The Internet today - an overview of the technology, the joys and the pitfalls.
  • Why cyber security and what is it ?
  • Information assurance and cyber security concept

10:30 - 10:50 | Tea & Coffee Break (20 mins)

10:50 - 12:30 | Session 2: Vulnerabilities and threats (100 mins)

  • Understanding exploits and malware.
  • In the mind of the cyber-criminal - the nature of a cyber attack (demonstration).
  • Cyber-social - The impact of social media.
  • Social engineering.
  • Cyber-social dangers and threats.
  • Hands-on exercise

12:30 - 1:20 | Lunch Break (50 mins)

1:20 - 2:40 | Session 3: Defensive Strategies (80 mins)

  • Physical infrastructure considerations (BYOD).
  • Access control and permissions.
  • Threat modelling.
  • Monitoring and testing.
  • Threat intelligence.
  • Network security devices and security services.
  • Recovery, redundancy and backup - contingency planning.
  • Collaboration and communication.
  • Demonstrations/Exercises.

2:40 - 3:00 | Tea & Coffee Break (20 mins)

3:00 - 4:00 | Session 4: Practical Strategies (60 mins)

Mind Maps for Facilitating Learning

  • Security Policy - (exercise).
  • Educating to protect
  • Understanding the dangers.
  • Staying safe - strategies and practices.

4:00 | Conclusion