This student revision workbook completely covers the AQA GCSE Computer Science (8520) specification section 3.6 “Fundamentals of cyber security”. Includes a 42-page PDF document including theory, tasks and includes all the answers.


Ideal as a GCSE revision aid or as a teaching resource and includes lots of help with understanding cyber security including the main purposes of cyber security, social engineering (blagging, phishing, pharming and shouldering), malicious code (computer virus, trojan, spyware and adware), passwords, access rights, removable media, unpatched/outdated software, penetration testing, biometric measures, CAPTCHA, email confirmations and automatic software updates.


This book has been written to give you practical hands-on approach to help you revise the theory. Instead of chapters of technical jargon and mind-numbing tedium the theory is broken down into smaller, manageable chunks with practical tasks for you to perform as you go along. This helps you ensure you understand the theory and remember it as you apply it to practical problems.


This book was specifically written to assist students revising for their AQA GCSE Computer Science examination (8520) and match the syllabus, as of March 2018.


Includes a single 42-page PDF document which can be given to the pupils to work through for homework tasks or in class.


Table of contents:

  • What is cyber security?
  • Cyber Security Threats
  • Social engineering techniques
  • Malicious code
  • Weak and default passwords
  • Misconfigured access rights
  • Removable media
  • Unpatched and/or outdated software
  • Penetration testing
  • Who becomes a penetration hacker?
  • Social Engineering
  • Blagging
  • Phishing
  • Pharming
  • Shouldering
  • Computer viruses
  • Trojan
  • Spyware
  • Adware
  • Methods to detect and prevent cyber security threats
  • Biometric measures
  • Password systems
  • CAPTCHA (or similar)
  • Using email confirmations to confirm a user’s identity
  • Automatic software updates

AQA Cyber Security Workbook

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