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Being Cyber-Smart

Being Cyber-Smart

Learn from an Information Security expert and evangelist about how to enjoy the opportunities offered by the internet while keeping yourself and your friends safe. Also get an idea of the range of career options available in the area of cyber security.

Course Details

For children in the age range of 10-16

You are a member of the first generation born into the internet world. Your parents probably did not browse the internet till their mid-20s or use a smartphone till their mid-30s. No wonder the internet and the cyber world seems such a natural thing to probably know some things about the internet that your parents don't. The internet can be a great place for you to connect with friends and family, entertain yourselves- playing games or watching shows as well as to learn many things and satisfy your curiosity. Some children like you even 'work' on the internet and earn significant amounts of money through their social media channels, gaming or even hacking.

It's not all a rosy picture though- perhaps you or some of your friends have been hacked, affected by a virus, had your information reach a stranger or been bullied in cyberspace. The pervasiveness of the internet with its many positives, also poses a threat to the whole of humanity. Cyber attackers are on the rise, creating havoc in the world of business and communication. They create many problems by introducing malware, using it for identity theft or even misusing the confidential information of governments. Internet thefts and frauds have become common and unscrupulous internet businesses have sprung up that take undue advantage of the lack of awareness among people- be they children or adults.

Mischief online may start small and benign but it can soon turn into serious crime, devastating careers and lives. Crime in the cyber world can cause a lot of damage to the unsuspecting and unaware and here knowledge and awareness become the first line of defence.

To take advantage of the opportunities offered by the cyber world, while keeping yourself and the people around you safe, you need to be aware of various aspects of how the internet works and the motives and strategies of people on it.

Areas of cyber security we that will be covered in this course include:

  • Understanding attackers vs defenders

  • Nasty software, their sources, motives and the industry behind the same

  • Social media and its positive as well as negative nuances

  • Browsing and gaming, the science behind them and aspects of safety

  • Variety of cyber crimes and how to protect oneself against them

Every child needs to be savvy about the internet and understand how to remain safe in this space. Apart from supporting that objective, this course will also help children to appreciate the wide range of career options that exist in the area of cyber security.

About Facilitator:

Rohit Srivastwa

Rohit Srivastwa

Rohit Srivastwa is a serial entrepreneur, a recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in the domain of “Enterprise Security,” and a multifaceted professional with experience in Cyber Security, Enterprise Security, Secure Digital Transformation and Cyberwarfare. He is also actively involved in advising several Military agencies, Law Enforcement, Corporate, and Government bodies of different countries in these fields.

A teacher at heart, Rohit has designed the entire MTech program in Information Security that is being currently offered by Pune University. He is also a visiting faculty at institutions such as IITs, IIMs and Symbiosis. He has recently authored a book “My Data My Privacy My Choice” on personal data security and privacy for techies as well as nontechies. To know more about him, visit

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