Learning outcomes:

  • Explain the characteristics of the different types of malware
  • Discuss what a vulnerability is and why they are dangerous
  • Describe various attack vectors such as viruses, worms, and social engineering
  • Analyze protection methods and their likely effectiveness

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Suggested Activities and Discussion Topics:

  • Malware Identification Challenge: Divide into small groups of 3-4 or pairs. Discuss and identify the type of malware you believe is described in each of the scenarios. Remember to briefly explain your reasoning. Scenarios:
    • A friend sent you an email attachment, and after opening it, your computer started behaving strangely.
    • You downloaded a free software program from an untrusted website, and now your computer displays pop-up ads even when you're not online
    • Your computer's antivirus software detected a file named 'virus.exe' in your downloads folder
  • Research and write a short report on a specific type of malware, its history, and preventive measures against it. Remember to use the CRAP\CRAAP test
  • Discussion suggestion: Malware, short for 'malicious software,' comes in many forms and can have a wide range of impacts on individuals and organizations. In your opinion, what do you believe is the most dangerous type of malware and why? Consider factors such as its potential for spreading, the extent of damage it can cause, and the difficulty of detection and removal. Share your thoughts and discuss
  • Follow the instructions on this PDF

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