IT-Security Foundation course

2-day introduction to IT-security

The IT-Security Foundation course is the first level in the SECO-institute's S-CITSO certifcation track.


Information security rests on three pillars: people, processes and technology. However, people with a non-technical background might experience difficulties on account of the technical security jargon. The IT-Security world uses its own specific tools and the associated jargon. This course introduces you to the main technical tools and vocabulary in an accessible way.


Target audience

This course is aimed at those who have a limited technical background and, for example, aren't familiar with such terms as NAT, DPI or VPN. 

  • Upcoming information security professionals
  • IT-Auditors
  • Service Management staff
  • Helpdesk staff


Required knowledge

There is no prior knowledge required to attend this course.


Exam, course material and certification

The SECO-Institute exam is conducted by EXIN and consists of multiple choice questions. The course will provide you with all the knowledge you need to pass the exam. Upon successful completion of your exam you will receive an "IT-Security Foundation" certificate from EXIN. Both the course material and the exam are in English. The exam is not included in the course. You can register for the exam via this link.



This course is the first level of the Certified IT-Security Officer certification track of the SECO-Institute's Cyber Security & Governance Certification Program. Successful completion of an IT-Security Foundation course will provide you with the necessary knowledge to be able to continue with the IT-Security Practitioner course. More information on this certification program can be found on the SECO-institute website.


This course is also available online

SECO-Institute offers this course online through their virtual classroom environment, click here to see available dates or see the available dates below for our classroom course.


Just as in a real-world classroom, a student in a virtual classroom participates in synchronous instruction, which means that teacher and students are logged into the virtual learning environment at the same time. The advantage of a virtual classroom is that students from all over the world can participate without travel expenses.


  • Module 1 - Security in networks, systems and software
    • TCP/IP Networking
    • Computer Systems
    • Applications & Databases
  • Module 2 - Assuring security Through crypto and access control
    • Cryptography
    • Identity & Access Management
  • Module 3 - Common (ab)use cases
    • Cloud Computing
    • Explointing Vulnerabilities
  • Features

    • 2-day introductory course 
    • Course is available as Classroom or Virtual Classroom training
    • Official SECO-Institute course material provided through the Security Academy's Student Portal where you will find the course slides and plenty of additional courseware
    • Study load: 
      Contact hours: 14 hours (two days, minus breaks) 
      Self-study: 7 hours spread over the entire course 
    • Part of the IT-Security certification track from SECO-Institute
    • EXIN examination (not included)

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