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Computer Security Awareness


Using the framework of administrative physical and logical security Computer Security Awareness explains contingency planning and precautions against computer crime from the viewpoint of mainframe computers and micros. A computer security checklist is included.


This course is for anyone who uses computers.


12 hours


After completing Computer Security Awareness the user should be able to:

  • Classify computer security into three types: administrative, physical, and logical
  • Identify administrative security procedures that occur during a job interview and at employee orientation
  • Identify physical access and environmental controls that secure a data center facility
  • Define characteristics of access control software as well as methods for protecting networks and microcomputers from unauthorized logical access
  • Describe the steps in computer security risk analysis
  • Explain the function of a Contingency Planning Committee
  • Identify preventive measures that guard computer resources


Types of Security

Identifies three types of computer security.

  • Administrative, Physical, and Logical
    Why computer security is important. Three categories of computer security.

Administrative Security

Describes the administrative steps which can increase computer security.

  • At the Interview
    Five rules for administrative security identifiable during a job interview.
  • Orientation
    Five practices that result in administrative security identifiable at an orientation session.

Physical Security

Identifies threats to the data center building. Discusses countermeasures to control entry to the computer area and modification of the environment.

  • Access Controls
    Why access controls are important. Eight ways to control access to a computer facility. A rule of thumb for the level of access controls required.
  • Environmental Controls
    Why environmental controls are important. Five factors to consider for environmental control of a computer facility.

Logical Security

Describes the characteristics of access control software packages which protect programs and data from unauthorized changes. Shows the threats to networks and data and the ways to protect them.

  • Access Control Software
    Purpose of an access control software package. Two characteristics of an access control software package.
  • Network Security
    Definition of network and of intelligent and dumb terminals. Two advantages and three risks of computer networks. Three methods of encryption.
  • Microcomputer Security
    Two logical security problems similar for mainframes and micros. Two logical security problems unique to microcomputers. One problem unique to microcomputer program files.

Contingency Planning

Identifies the steps in a security risk analysis and the components of a contingency plan for countermeasures.

  • Risk Analysis
    Definition and purpose of risk analysis. Four steps in the security risk analysis process.
  • On the Committee
    Classification of disasters into four categories according to severity. Four important factors that must be included in a contingency plan.


Details preventive measures that add to the success of a security program. Covers laws regarding theft malicious mischief and privacy and how they affect data processing operations.

  • Legislation
    Three types of computer crime. Three federal laws dealing with data privacy. Five principles of data privacy.
  • Administrative, Physical, and Logical
    Four administrative, two physical, and two logical security precautions that will protect the privacy of personal data.
  • EDP Auditing
    Definition of an EDP audit and an EDP auditor. Goals of an EDP audit. Three methods EDP auditors use.

Security Checklist

Presents a checklist of questions to ask about computer security. Allows the student to review the security of a fictitious company.

  • Administrative
  • Physical
  • Logical
  • Contingency Planning

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