A recent study shows that higher education is failing to prepare students for cyberthreats. Considering what a large part of our lives is consumed by the internet and our devices, it’s surprising that we’re not teaching our children more about the online world.
Sure, there’s computer class, which covers typing and how to use Window’s Office, but is that enough? What about how to handle cyberthreats, cyberbullying and how to prevent identity theft, what privacy means in the online world or even the basics, like what is internet security?
So, should internet security trends be a subject at school?
The Personal Level
It’s a fact that youngsters are a prime target for cybercriminals, simply because it’s easier to get information out of them. Children post too much online, and aren’t aware of the risks of sharing personal information, like their birthday, with others. By harvesting the identities of children over time, crooks are able to compile a complete profile of identity information, and potentially destroying their credit score before they even turn 18.
The Corporate Level
Let’s think for a minute what happens when these children grow up, and work for global corporations where cyber attacks threaten the economic security of more than one country. What then? Isn’t the security of their business an important part of running a company? We should be preparing future leaders to face the challenges of modern cyber security. And while there are some universities and schools beginning to explore how internet security fits into their curriculum, they are few and far between. It would appear that the future leaders of our global corporations will no longer be required to simply have experience and degrees in their field, but also expertise in engineering, internet security and other cyber issues.
Here at BullGuard we believe the responsibility lies with both the schools and the parents. With both parties reinforcing the safety message and educating on internet security from both a corporate and personal perspective we can be sure that children will absorb this knowledge and put it to good use.
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