WORKSHOP 2Friday 24 May 2019 - Southern Sun Cape Sun, Cape Town

Hacker Highschool

Pete Herzog, Managing Director, The Institute for Security and Open Methodologies (ISECOM) (USA)

Pete Herzog, Managing Director, The Institute for Security and Open Methodologies (ISECOM) (USA)

Hacker Highschool (HHS) is a project that creates a series of textbooks written to the teen audience and covering specific cybersafety and cybersecurity subjects that are timely, interesting and important for teens. The nonprofit ISECOM researches and produces the Hacker Highschool Project as a series of lesson workbooks written and translated by the combined efforts of volunteers worldwide. The result of this research are books based on how teens learn best and what they need to know to be better hackers, better students and better people.

Today's teens are in a world with major communication and productivity channels open to them and they don't have the knowledge to defend themselves against the fraud, identity theft, privacy leaks and other attacks made against them just for using the Internet. This is the main reason for Hacker Highschool. This workshop is aimed primarily at parents, teachers and anyone else who has an interest in understanding how to explain cybersecurity to teenagers.

Each HHS lesson is designed as self-contained learning, no teaching required. Why? Because hacking is about discovery and that needs to be learned, not taught. The lessons are all technically correct, promote good moral behaviour, resourcefulness, technical know-how and empathy. Teachers can proctor and guide the students in their learning through traditional means of quizzes and tests or through project collaboration and "gradeless" learning.

By attending this workshop you will gain:

  • An understanding of the specific threats that teens are exposed and vulnerable to and why it's important to educate teens about these threats
  • The knowledge of the language and approach to use when communicating with teens about cybersecurity
  • Tools and techniques to implement when teaching to keep teens engaged and interested

Who should attend:

  • Parents, teachers and anyone involved in security who is interested in teaching teens about cybersecurity

What to bring:

  • No additional items required


Refreshments and networking
Close of workshop; lunch and networking
  • Session One: Why Teach Hacking
  • Session Two: Setting up HHS in your School for parents, teachers and hackers
  • Session Three: How to teach HHS
  • Session Four: Decoding the technical parts of the HHS lessons

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