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Security for IT users

  • Course duration

    9.30am - 1pm

  • Course description

    Security for IT Users is a new course for module 1 ECDL syllabus 5. The course will cover all aspects of IT security including internet use, system security, identify theft and password policies.

  • Prerequisites of course

    A basic understanding of Microsoft Windows.

  • Course agenda

    Exercise Details
    Topic 1 System performance security
    • Introduction to spam and the different types of malicious programs that can enter your computer.
    • Understanding that anti-virus software can help protect your computer against malicious programs.
    Topic 2 Information security
    • Understand that usernames and passwords limit the level of access you have to information on a computer.
    • Understand that information can be at risk from unauthorised access and therefore passwords and PINs help protect your data.
    Topic 3  Technology security
    • Looking at public networks, wireless networks and Bluetooth connectivity.
    • Know that portable devices are vulnerable and prone to loss or theft.
    Topic 4 Guidelines and procedures
    • Know where to find the guidelines and procedures for the secure use of IT within your organisation.
    • Understand the IT security checks you should carry out.
    Topic 5

    Data security

    • Looking at the importance of creating backup copies of files.
    • Know how to safely store your personal data.
  • Goals and objectives of course


    1. To consolidate the information learned from reading the manual – ‘Security for IT Users’.
    2. To aid the learner in preparation for the Module 1 ECDL examination.


    After attending this Security for IT Users workshop you will be able to:

    1. Understand what ‘spam’ is, how it can be received and how anti-spam software can protect your computer.
    2. Understand what a malicious program is and how it can enter a computer system.
    3. Understand anti-virus and anti-spyware software can help protect your computer from malicious programs.
    4. Understand what a hacker is and how they can infiltrate a computer system.
    5. Understand how a firewall helps protect the computer against unauthorised access.
    6. Know you can receive hoax emails.
    7. Identify hoax emails and take appropriate action.
    8. Know the purpose of passwords and PINs.
    9. Respect the confidentiality of the data you have access to.
    10. Know what phishing is and how to avoid identify theft.
    11. Understand what a public network is.
    12. Be aware that wireless networks may be visible or accessible to other users.
    13. Know what Bluetooth connectivity is.
    14. Be aware that portable devices are vulnerable to loss or theft.
    15. Understand the IT security guidelines and procedures for your organisation.
    16. Know how to prevent data theft.
    17. Understand the importance of creating backups of your data.
  • Cost of course

     External attendees: £55 plus VAT per candidate.

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