Cybersecurity: Denial-of-Service Attack
- Execute a denial-of-service attack on a model of a computer network.
- Determine quantitative metrics that can measure the impact of a denial-of-service attack.
- Design and test a solution to prevent a denial-of-service attack on a model of a computer network.
OverviewHave you or your students ever felt frustrated at not being able to access a favorite website or online game? Did you realize the site might have been a victim of a cyber-attack? If you aren't careful about online security, your own computer could even be used to launch the attack! In this fun lesson plan, you and your students will model one type of attack (a denial-of-service attack) and figure out how to protect the network against it (no computer programming required)!
NGSS AlignmentThis lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
To share with the entire class:
Needed for each group of 9–12 students:*
* This activity works best with groups of 9-12, but can work with groups of 7-14 participants. For smaller groups, reduce the number participants acting as client and/or as Internet by one. For larger groups, add clients and ask all clients to write their name and street on each request. See Explore section for explanation of different roles.
Area of Science
Cybersecurity, Using Models to Study a Problem
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