IT Security

Duration: Saturday mornings (09:00 – 12:00) for a period of 10 weeks, OR Monday and Wednesday evenings (17:30 – 19:30) for a period of 8 weeks 

About this programme

This Short Learning Programme (SLP) sets out concepts relating to the secure use of ICT in daily life and skills used to maintain a secure network connection, use the Internet safely and securely, and manage data and information appropriately.

Programme outline

The following topics will be covered in the programme:

  • Understand the importance of keeping information and data secure
  • Identify common data/privacy protection, retention and control principles
  • Recognise threats to personal security from identity theft
  • Threats to data from using cloud computing
  • Passwords and encryption to secure files and data
  • Understand the threat of malware and be able to protect a computer, device or network from malware and address malware attacks
  • Recognise common network and wireless security types and be able to use personal firewalls and personal hotspots
  • Protect a computer or device from unauthorised access and be able to safely manage and update passwords
  • Use appropriate web browser settings and understand how to authenticate websites and browse the web securely
  • Understand communication security issues that can arise from using e-mail, social networks, voice over Internet protocol, instant messaging and mobile devices
  • Backup and restore data to local and cloud storage locations
  • How to dispose of data and devices securely