IT Security

Learn how to protect your home or workplace computer and its data from a range of fraudulent or malicious threats, including viruses, phishing, hacking, transaction fraud. Also discover how to get the best from IT security products.

Completing this ECDL Module enables learners to demonstrate they have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Understand and identify the main concepts underlying the secure use of ICT in daily life
  • Use relevant techniques and applications to maintain a secure network connection
  • Use the Internet safely and securely
  • Manage data and information appropriately
  • Understand the key concepts relating to the importance of secure information and data, physical security, privacy and identity theft
  • Protect a computer, device or network from malware and unauthorised access
  • Understand the types of networks, connection types and network specific issues including firewalls
  • Browse the World Wide Web and communicate on the Internet securely
  • Understand security issues related to communications including email and instant messaging
  • Backup and restore data appropriately and safely, and securely dispose of data and devices

The following outlines the benefits of this ECDL Module:

  • Provides a clear, easy to follow programme.
  • Will remain relevant despite rapid changes in ICT security technologies as it is centred more on knowledge, awareness raising and user behaviour, rather than on the use of specific applications and software.
  • Has been developed with input from computer users, subject matter experts and practising computer professionals from all over the world.
  • Is backed by the international reputation of ECDL Foundation.

Information Sheet

Click the link below to view or download an Information Sheet for this ECDL Module in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Information Sheet

Official Syllabus

Click the link below to view or download the official ECDL Foundation Syllabus for this Module in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

ECDL IT Security Syllabus Version 1.0

Sample Tests

The ECDL Foundation provides a selection of sample tests for this Module as an aid to test preparation. Each version of the sample test below contains the relevant test materials compressed into a single ZIP file:

MS Windows 7 2010

MS Vista 2007

MS Windows XP 2003

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