Cybersecurity Career Exploration

Michael D'Addario

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Students will explore different possible working environments related to the field of cybersecurity.

Summary

  • Students will explore two careers of their choice in the field of Cybersecurity.
  • Students will investigate the projected trending job market for the field of Cybersecurity. 
  • Students will investigate salary potential of different careers in the field of Cybersecurity.
Specific Expectations for Ontario

Introduction to Computer Studies (ICS2O):
C4. describe postsecondary education and career prospects related to computer studies.
C4.1 research and describe trends in careers that require computer skills, using local and national sources.

Introduction to Computer Science (ICS3U):
D3.1 research and describe career choices and trends in computer science, at the local, national, and international levels;
D3.3 research and report on postsecondary educational programs leading to careers in information systems and computer science.

Computer Science (ICS4U):
D4. research and report on different areas of research in computer science, and careers related to computer science.
D4.3 research and describe careers associated with computer studies (e.g., computer scientist, software engineer, systems analyst), and the postsecondary education required to prepare for them;

Computer Programming (ICS4C):
D4. research and report on the range of career paths and lifelong learning opportunities in software development or a computer-related field.
D4.1 research and report on the range of career opportunities in software development, including duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and compensation;

Setting the Stage

Cybersecurity is a relatively new and growing field within the IT sector. Careers associated with cybersecurity range from entry to advanced and are in great demand globally. The following lesson will help students understand the wide field of cybersecurity and the potential careers this may hold. Students will explore the different opportunities for careers and advancement in cybersecurity. Students will select a specific cybersecurity career and explore in detail the working environment for each position.

Materials & Preparation

  • Computer or tablet with internet (1 per student)
  • Ability to watch a YouTube video
  • Cybersecurity Careers Pathway Image [.png]
  • Cybersecurity Occupation Organizer Reproducible (1 per student) [Google doc] [PDF] - provide as a paper or e-copy
  • Cybersecurity Occupation Organizer Sample Student Responses (for teachers) [PDF]
  • Cybersecurity Careers Exit Slip Reproducible (1 per student) [Google doc] [PDF] - provide as a paper or e-copy

What To Do

  • In this lesson students will investigate the types of careers in the field of cybersecurity. Teachers could start this lesson by having students view a video that provides an overview of cybersecurity.
  • Teachers could also demonstrate that Cybersecurity is an umbrella of different possible careers by having students view the Cybersecurity Careers Pathway image. Within each of those options are several possible career opportunities for students to investigate further.
Cybersecurity career pathways
Common Cybersecurity Career Pathways (©2020 Let’s Talk Science). 
Image - Text Version

Common Cybersecurity Career Pathways

Feeder Roles: Networking, Software Development, Systems Engineering, Financial Risk Analysis, Security Intelligence

Entry Level Roles: Cybersecurity Technician, Cyber Crime Investigator, Incident Analyst/Responder, IT Auditor

Mid-level Roles: Cybersecurity Analyst, Cybersecurity Consultant, Penetration and Vulnerability Tester

Advanced Roles: Cybersecurity Manager/Administrator, Cybersecurity Engineer, Cybersecurity Architect

 

  • Teachers should ask students to choose one of the fields from the Cybersecurity Careers Pathway image. Using the Government of Canada Job Bank and/or the Monster.ca websites, students are to research their chosen career field. 
  • Teachers could provide students with a copy of the Cybersecurity Occupation Organizer Reproducible to gather and consolidate the information they find.
  • Teachers could use the Cybersecurity Occupation Organizer Sample Student Responses to help guide students in their research.
  • After students have completed their Cybersecurity Occupation Organizers, teachers could divide the class into two groups. Each group will alternate in a gallery walk with students in the other group presenting what they have learned. Each gallery walk could continue until each student has had an opportunity to share their learning, or ended after a set amount of time has passed. 
  • Teachers could use the Cybersecurity Careers Exit Slip to provide students with the opportunity to reflect on the investigation they have done.

Let’s Talk Science appreciates the work and contributions of Michael D'Addario from Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School, Toronto Catholic District School Board  in the development of this lesson.

Details

Assessment

  • Teachers could evaluate students' completed Occupation Organizer worksheet.
  • Teachers could review students’ Exit Slips and provide feedback.

Assessment

  • Teachers could evaluate students' completed Occupation Organizer worksheet.
  • Teachers could review students’ Exit Slips and provide feedback.

Downloads

  • Cybersecurity Careers Pathway Image [.png]
  • Cybersecurity Occupation Organizer Reproducible [Google doc] [PDF]
  • Cybersecurity Occupation Organizer Sample Student Responses  [PDF]
  • Cybersecurity Careers Exit Slip  [Google doc] [PDF]

Downloads

  • Cybersecurity Careers Pathway Image [.png]
  • Cybersecurity Occupation Organizer Reproducible [Google doc] [PDF]
  • Cybersecurity Occupation Organizer Sample Student Responses  [PDF]
  • Cybersecurity Careers Exit Slip  [Google doc] [PDF]