IT Security 101 – What all IT users should know

By | August 14, 2015

IT Security is vitally important to any business with a website, using social media or e-Commerce. This lesson has been written as a basic introduction to IT security, including important information all IT users need to know and is relevant to every industry and sector using IT at any level.

This lesson is a simple introduction, for those wishing to learn more about IT security please see our other IT security lessons on LearnerZone, and see the links at the bottom of the page for more information.

Read through the presentation then answer the questions below to test your knowledge. This lesson should take approximately 30 minutes, however you might want to take longer research some of the individual topics. You can revisit this lesson at any time.

See the Digital Safety videos created by Barclays for more examples of how to avoid being scammed here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLecqH2uhOR0ZK5WFrGy30v86MzmvDvC9p and in particular see:

This quiz should test your knowledge on the basic IT security principles and threats.

1. What is the main motive behind cyber crime

 
 
 

2. What type of cyber attack involves trying to find out personal information in order to guess passwords, security questions or “secret information” and break into accounts?

 
 
 

3. Using emails to coerce a user into following a link and entering their login information is called…?

 
 
 

4. How might a computer become infected by malware?

 
 
 
 
 

5. Which of the below will not help to keep a password protected account secure?

 
 
 
 

6. If you are note sure about a file or a link, what should you absolutely NEVER do. Ever.

 
 
 

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For more information about different IT Security topics:

General:
17 best  practices for IT and data security: http://www.blackstratus.com/blog/practices-maintaining-data-security-business-environment/
Cultural differences in IT security article: http://www.computerworld.com/article/2533352/security0/cisco-survey–cultural-differences-can-complicate-it-security-when-work-goes-offshore.html based on this information: http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/collateral/enterprise-networks/data-loss-prevention/white_paper_c11-503131.html

OWASP IT security organisation and wiki: https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Main_Page 

Malware:
More information about different types of Malware: http://www.malwaretruth.com/the-list-of-malware-types/ and https://www.veracode.com/blog/2012/10/common-malware-types-cybersecurity-101

Free Anti Virus and Malware protection: https://www.avg.com/en-gb/homepage 

Security audit:
http://internalaudit.wayne.edu/security-practices.php
http://www.gfi.com/blog/the-ultimate-network-security-checklist/
http://www.itsecurity.com/features/it-security-audit-010407/

News:
Recommended IT, Science and Technology news: http://www.theregister.co.uk/
IT security news: www.scmagazine.com and www.infosecurity-magazine.com
Ethical hacking resources: www.hakin9.org

Cryptography:
http://ntrg.cs.tcd.ie/undergrad/4ba2.02/sigs/technical.html
http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/definition/encryption
Detailed cryptography information: http://www.garykessler.net/library/crypto.html