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The Grok Cyber activities are designed to provide school teachers with resources to support the teaching of cyber security concepts, and to inform students of career opportunities in the field.

All activities are classroom ready, and aligned with both the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies and the ICT Capability.

Both the Schools Cyber Security Challenges and the Grok Cyber initiatives have been developed by Grok Academy, in partnership with some of the biggest names in industry.

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What is Grok Cyber?

Grok Cyber is an exciting free Cyber Security competition for Australian school students.

All Australian school students in years 5 to 12 are welcome to take part. Register as a school team, or join Grok Cyber from home!

Grok Cyber has 3 parts: Grok Cyber Comp, Grok Cyber Pursuit/Hunt, and Grok Cyber Live!

Grok Cyber Comp runs over a two week period. Students complete a 45 minute online challenge any time over the two weeks. Occurs in Jun/Jul and Nov/Dec each year.

Grok Cyber Pursuit and Grok Cyber Hunt consist of a series of short problems solved by applying cyber security skills. Challenging problems for keen students.

Grok Cyber Live brought together the best of cyber security industry professionals and students at an action packed live event which took place in March 2022.

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What are the Schools Cyber Security Challenges?

The Challenges explore general topics like personal information security and data sharing, as well as technical topics such as cryptography and network security. A range of engaging activities involving investigation, deduction and programming develop student knowledge, skills and dispositions as they work their way through increasingly difficult problems.

The Challenges are available for you and your students now.

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Our Cyber Activities

Information privacy and security

This Challenge teaches personal information security using the innovative approach of thinking from a hacker’s point-of-view.

Information privacy and security for Primary students

Designed specifically for primary school students in years 5 and 6, this version of the challenge presents the concepts through a series of conversations with the characters from the social media world we've created.

Phishing and Scams

This challenge introduces students to phishing and scams. Students learn the techniques adopted by hackers to trick people into sharing confidential information.

Web application security

This Challenge demonstrates the importance of security in web applications by exposing typical flaws in websites that can be exploited using tools built into the web browser.

Data encryption and transmission

This Challenge introduces basic cryptography concepts in relation to data representation and securing online communication, and how these are implemented through code.

Wired and wireless network security

This Challenge teaches the fundamentals of wired and wireless networks and the underlying principles of digital systems using BBC micro:bits.

Cyber Comp

A 45 minute online activity open to all Australian school students in years 5-12. The comp consists of 12 interactive problems in which students explore how to be more secure online and discover common cyber security risks.

Cyber Hunt

A collection of short problems, challenging students to use investigative skills to hunt down hiden information in a variety of contexts. A great way to add a bit of cyber to each of your lessons!

Principles of Cyber Security for Primary students

A series of short cyber security activities designed for students in Years 3-6. Developed in partnership with Education Departments across Australia and supported through grant funding from Google.

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How to get involved

Use the resources below to promote the Challenges in your education and industry networks and raise awareness of this exciting opportunity, available to all teachers and year 5-12 school students from all education sectors.

Media resources

On 19 February 2019 the Schools Cyber Security Challenges were officially launched. Hear from teachers, students, parents and industry why this is such an important initiative.

Students and teachers talk about the Challenges. Share this video on your favourite social media platforms.

Industry sees the Challenges as a step to securing our workforce into the future. Share their thoughts on your socials.

Classroom resources

A promotional poster to let your staff and students know about the Grok Cyber activities - Cyber Comp, Cyber Pursuit and Cyber Live!.

Download a poster for display in your school or workplace, promoting the challenges to your staff and visitors.

Grab a copy of our Information Security poster to display in your classroom or stafroom. Are you #ShareAware?

Cryptography involves encoding data as numbers and applying encryption algorithms. This poster explains the fundamental ideas.

How do you know if your network is safe from hackers? This poster provides some important advice!

Learn the fundamentals of being browser safe with this convenient reference. Identify typical online attack vectors.

Hang this poster on the wall in your classroom to help students learn 6 simple tips to make strong, secure passwords.

Keep this poster on the wall in your classroom to give students a simple reference for the things to watch out for to avoid being scammed online.

Do you Know your risks when sharing online? Our Cyber Security card game helps identify what is and isn't safe to share.

Learn cryptography without computers. Our cipher wheels help you decode rotation ciphers easily.

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Schools Cyber Security Challenges Foundation Partners

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