Security Education 101
Whether you're new to computer security concepts or you're new to teaching, there's a place for you.
We've written teaching tips for beginners who want to share their digital security knowledge in single day sessions with friends and neighbors.
We encourage new digital security trainers to teach in pairs: plan your workshops with a friend.
- Quick start
- Things We Wish We Knew Before We Started Teaching
- Planning Your Workshop
- Considerations for Teaching Digital Security
- Technical Concepts and How They Fit Into the Bigger Picture
- Other Articles
Examine your relationship to the people you’ll be teaching to ensure clear communication, accurate understandings of their points of view, and a flexible approach to different experience levels. Knowing the diverse needs of your audience sets you up for a successful event and empowers learners to make good choices.Read More
It’s dangerous to go alone! Take a companion: discover how teaching as a team is a useful way to round out expertise and complement teaching styles and learning preferences. Explore the ways collaborative trainings can give learners more individualized instruction and helps build a sense of community.Read More
Things We Wish We Knew Before We Started Teaching
Prepare lessons that can be adapted to meet the different threat models and security concerns of your audience. Broaden the accessibility of security education with inclusive strategies that welcome a wide set of life experiences, cultural differences, and perspectives.Read More
Familiarize yourself with the various personal, cultural, and social factors that influence the ways your students learn. Learn how to foster an environment where every participant is able to practice their security and privacy skills in the way that works best for them.Read More
Planning Your Workshop
Discover the various ways of creating a safe, welcoming space in your trainings through introductory activities that allow participants to relax and build community. Determine the best options for your particular audience and their threat models, cultural differences, and comfort level.Read More
Establish and set clear expectations for the content and format of your training to set you and your learners up for success. Define a set of objectives to meet during your training, create a lesson plan to meet those goals, and test your strategies to prepare for potential challenges.Read More
Considerations for Teaching Digital Security
Learn to be open-minded about the devices and operating systems your learners use. Expand your framework to include users with different preferences, needs, and restrictions when it comes to the technology they use and the advice you give to learners.Read More
Explore how insecurity demonstrations can be used to destroy trust between learners and trainers, and can even harm the training by making learners unable or unwilling to engage with the material. Learn to instill harm-reduction and trust-building security demonstrations into your training for the best learning outcomes.Read More
Technical Concepts and How They Fit Into the Bigger Picture
Sometimes, there isn’t enough time to give nuanced advice. For those times, you may want a short pitch on security.Read More
“Keep your software updated!” is the closest thing we have to security advice that will work for everyone. But the reasoning behind it can be counterintuitive, and even quick updates can intolerably interrupt people’s workflows. Below are several common questions about why it is so important to update one’s software, as well as tips for how to talk about it with people new to digital security.Updating your software makes you more expensive to hack.
No software is...Read More
Review how web browsing security works and the various ways you and your students can protect your browsing information from being viewed. Improve your existing browsing security habits with a suite of tools that provide protection in different circumstances.Read More