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Data Security Training

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Course Modules

There are three beginner-level courses in the data security module:

What is data security?

The goal of data security is to protect digital information, particularly sensitive data relating to finances, company data, and customers’ personal information. If implemented correctly, it will protect against all types of data breaches, from malicious attacks to insider threats. This module explains the fundamentals of data security breaches and data security incidents, identifies various types of threats, and provides guidance on how to prepare a best practices document for your business.

Course details

The beginner level of this course consists of three modules that aim to explain key terms, identify the differences between a data security breach and a data security incident, and provide guidance on what should be included when creating your first data security and protection toolkit.

At the end of each module, there will be a quiz to test the user’s understanding. When the quiz is successfully completed, the user will be able to download pass confirmation to demonstrate their knowledge of the topic.

Who is this training course for?

Data security training by Avast Business is a course for anyone connected to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that wants to improve their understanding of best practices around data security. This includes which aspects should sit with a data security specialist and which need to become considerations for individuals across the business.

By taking this course, you should develop an understanding of cybersecurity best practices, how to construct a data security and protection toolkit, and how to communicate security policy to staff in order to ensure buy-in and confidence in the approach.

Find out more about the specific modules below:

What is a data security breach?

This module begins by defining a data breach and identifying the three main types of breach.

The most common causes of a data security breach are identified, and some of the largest and most high-profile data breaches of recent years are reviewed, including Equifax and LinkedIn. These cases demonstrate the impact a breach can have on the finances, wellbeing, and reputation of a business.

Malicious attacks are a major concern. We look at the most common approaches and how they work, including social engineering and brute force attacks.

Finally, we explain how to prevent a data breach, and the best practices that should be applied to minimize insider threats and build a culture of security awareness and responsibility.

Begin the module “What is a data security breach?”

What is a data security incident?

This module will explain what a security incident is (an indication that security measures have failed or that a system’s data has been compromised), and how this differs from a data security breach.

It then explains the approach to preventing a security incident; what to do and how to manage an incident, if it does occur. It also identifies some of the essential security tools that should be used to protect against an incident occurring.

Begin the module “What is a data security incident?”

Building your data security and protection toolkit

This module will identify the essential elements required to create a data security policy and supporting best practice documentation for your business.

Areas of consideration include:

  • Physical security – locking devices when away from them, the importance of BYOD policies.
  • Cloud security – the benefits and considerations when protecting data that is secured on or accessed from cloud services.
  • Insider threats – minimizing the risk posed by individual members of staff through a lack of experience. This includes patch management and training.

The second part of the module will walk through the process of creating a best practice toolkit: identifying and classifying data, determining usage and access, applying the Principle of Least Privilege (PoLP), and establishing endpoint security measures.

By the end of this module, you should have an understanding of the major concerns and a structure to produce your own data security best practice documents and training.

Begin the module “Building your data security and protection toolkit”.


There are no prerequisites for this course. Beginner-level modules will ensure a thorough understanding of the differences between a data security breach and a data security incident, before identifying best practices for business and how these should be included when creating a data security and protection toolkit.

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Get started with our Beginner modules:

For more information about business security solutions, visit Avast Business Resources.

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