IT Security

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This module allows candidates to understand the main concepts underlying the secure use of ICT in daily life and to use relevant techniques and applications to maintain a secure network connection, use the Internet safely and securely, and 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; communicate on the Internet securely
  • Understand security issues related to communications, including e-mail and instant messaging
  • Back up and restore data appropriately and safely; securely dispose of data and devices
  • Covers the key skills and main concepts relating to ICT, computers, devices, and software.
  • Certifies best practice in IT security
  • Developed with input from computer users, subject matter experts, and practising computer professionals from all over the world. This process ensures the relevance and range of module content

The Syllabus sets out the specific knowledge and skills that make up this module, as informed by input from subject matter experts from a wide range of computer societies and organisations.



Security Concepts
  • Data Threats
  • Value of Information
  • Personal Security
  • File Security
  • Definition and Function
  • Types
  • Protection
Network Security
  • Networks
  • Network Connections
  • Wireless Security
  • Access Cont
Secure Web Use
  • Web Browsing
  • Social Networking
  • Storage and Compression
  • E-mail
  • Instant Messaging
Secure Data Management
  • Securing and Backing up
  • Secure Destruction

ECDL Foundation provides sample tests to enable potential candidates and employers to understand ECDL/ICDL IT Security in more depth and prepare for testing.

Download the IT Security Sample Test - Windows 8.1 Office 2013 (.zip)
Download the IT Security Sample Test - Windows 7 Office 2010 (.zip)
Download the IT Security Sample Test - Windows 7 Office 2007 (.zip)

Please note: Answers are provided for the multiple choice questions of the sample papers, please refer to Specto approved courseware for information on practical tasks.