Securing Computers Course

Get to grips with system attack and defense through this course on securing computers. Includes modules on physical security, social engineering, malware, incident response and more.

1 hour, 31 minutes

Course description

There’s more than one way to break into a computer, and with the rapid advance of technology, new avenues are opening up all the time. In this course, you’ll learn to think defensively and explore the ways systems can be subverted and protected from subversion. Beginning with an overview of threats, you’ll look at physical security, passwords and authentication, malware, social engineering, incident response and more.


Environmental Controls

Video - 00:06:00

This episode looks at options for disposing of waste such as old printer cartridges and controlling temperature and humidity.
Incident Response

Video - 00:05:00

Although procedures can vary among companies, the CompTIA A+ objectives follow a logical set of responses, and this lesson describes each step.

Video - 00:10:00

Some software requires a paid license, depending on the number of users or number of systems. This episode explores them all.
Social Engineering

Video - 00:06:00

This episode highlights social engineering tactics, from tailgating to spearphishing.

Video - 00:11:00

This episode looks at important pre-malware steps and then describes the CompTIA procedures.

Video - 00:14:00

This episode describes malware in all its lovely shades of ugly, from viruses and worms to spontaneous application crashes and invalid certificate errors.
Passwords and Authentication

Video - 00:14:00

This episode explores options for creating very secure passwords and using multifactor authentication.
Physical Security

Video - 00:08:00

Secure your assets in three layers: perimeter, rooms and individual devices.
Dealing with Threats

Video - 00:07:00

This episode covers the core tools and actions you must do as a tech to reduce threats, including patching software, running anti-malware and installing firewalls and intrusion detection/prevention systems.

Video - 00:10:00

You can’t protect your networks unless you understand the threats they face, but using the concept of security shells makes it easier to categorize and mitigate threats.

Meet the author

Mike Meyers

Mike Meyers, affectionately called the "Alpha Geek," is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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Associated NICE Work Roles

All Infosec training maps directly to the NICE Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity to guide you from beginner to expert across 52 Work Roles.

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