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NICF - MTA: Security Fundamentals (SF)

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NICF - MTA: Security Fundamentals (SF)

What's In It For Me

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  • Understand Security Layers
  • Understand Operating System Security
  • Understand Network Security

Course Overview

NTUC LearningHub Course Code: NICF119

SSG Skillsconnect Code: CRS-Q-0038504-ICT


*Applicable for courses starting on or after 1st June 2019.

MTA is for individuals who are new to computer technology and/or have a need to validate their knowledge of fundamental concepts before moving on to more advanced IT certifications, such as Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD).This three-day MTA Training course helps you build an understanding of these topics: Security Layers, Authentication, Authorization and Accounting. Candidates will also become familiar with Security Policies, Network Security and protecting the Server and Client.

MTA is positioned to become the premier credential for individuals seeking to explore and pursue a career in technology, or augment related pursuits such as business or any other field where technology is pervasive. If youre already in a job, MTA can give you the fundamental IT knowledge you need to contribute to business and technology decisions in a more meaningful way.

Who Should Attend

Anyone starting their IT career path or are looking to enhance their understanding of IT fundamentals

Course Duration

3 Days / 24 Hours

Course Outline

Understanding Security Layers

  • Introducing Security
    • Understanding Confidentiality
    • Understanding Integrity
    • Understanding Availability
    • Defining Threats and Risk Management
    • Understanding the Principle of Least Privilege
    • Understanding Attack Surface
    • Understanding Social Engineering
    • Linking Cost with Security
  • Looking at Physical Security as the First Line of Defense
    • Understanding Site Security
    • Understanding Computer Security (Cyber Security)

Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting

  • Starting Security with Authentication
    • Authenticating with What You Know
    • Authenticating with What You Own or Possess
    • Authenticating with What You Are
    • Introducing RADIUS and TACACS1
    • Using Run As
  • Introducing Directory Services with Active Directory
    • Looking at Domain Controllers
    • Introducing NTLM
    • Introducing Kerberos
    • Using Organizational Units
    • Looking at Objects
    • Using Groups
    • Looking at Web Server Authentication
  • Comparing Rights and Permissions
    • Looking at NTFS
    • Using NTFS Permissions
    • Looking at Effective NTFS Permissions
    • Copying and Moving Files
    • Using Folder and File Owners
  • Sharing Drives and Folders
    • Looking at Special and Administrative Shares
  • Introducing the Registry
    • Using Encryption to Protect Data
    • Examining Types of Encryption
    • Introducing Public Key Infrastructure
    • Encrypting Email
    • Encrypting Files with EFS
    • Encrypting Disks in Windows
  • Introducing IPSec
    • Encrypting with VPN Technology
  • Using Auditing to Complete the Security Picture

Understanding Security Policies

  • Using Password Policies to Enhance Security
    • Using Password Complexity to Make a Stronger Password
    • Using Account Lockout to Prevent Hacking
    • Looking at Password Length
    • Using Password History to Enforce Security
    • Setting the Time between Password Changes
    • Using Password Group Policies to Enforce Security
    • Understanding Common Attack Methods

Understanding Network Security

  • Using Dedicated Firewalls to Protect a Network
    • Examining Hardware Firewalls and Their Characteristics
    • Using Hardware Firewalls versus Software Firewalls
    • Using Stateful versus Stateless Inspection
  • Controlling Access with Network Access Protection (NAP)
    • Understanding the Purpose of NAP
    • Looking at How NAP Works
    • Examining the Requirements for NAP
  • Using Isolation to Protect the Network
    • Understanding Virtual LANs
    • Understanding Routing
    • Looking at Intrusion Detection and Intrusion Prevention Systems
    • Looking at Honeypots
    • Looking at DMZs
    • Understanding Network Address Translation (NAT)
    • Understanding Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
    • Understanding Internet Protocol Security (IPsec)
    • Using Other VPN Protocols
    • Looking at Server and Domain Isolation
  • Protecting Data with Protocol Security
    • Understanding Tunneling
    • Using DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC)
    • Looking at Protocol Spoofing
    • Utilizing Network Sniffing
    • Understanding Common NETWORK Attack Methods
  • Securing Wireless Network
    • Using Service Set Identifier (SSID)
    • Understanding Keys
    • Utilizing MAC Filters
    • Considering Pros and Cons of Specific Security Types

Protecting the Server and Client

  • Protecting the Client Computer
    • Protecting Your Computer from Malware
    • Utilizing Windows Updates
    • Utilizing User Account Control
    • Using Windows Firewall
    • Using Offline Files
    • Locking Down a Client Computer
  • Protecting Your Email
    • Dealing with Spam
    • Relaying Email
  • Securing Internet Explorer
    • Looking at Cookies and Privacy Settings
    • Examining Content Zones
    • Phishing and Pharming
  • Protecting Your Server
    • Placing the Server
    • Hardening the Server
    • Using Secure Dynamic DNS

Mode of Assessment

Students must complete a paper-based NICF assessment during class.

Certification Obtained and Conferred by

Upon completion of the course, students will also be awarded with Statement of Attainments (SOAs) from SSG.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand Security Layers
  • Understand Operating System Security
  • Understand Network Security
  • Understand Security Software


  • Participants with IT background
  1. Experience in setting up a desktop operating system, server operating systems, setting up a domain controller, install anti-virus/anti-malware software, configure Windows firewall and comfortable in setting a LAN connecting it to the Internet with wired and wireless components. 
  • Participants with no IT background 
  1. Must attend IT Fundamentals Part 1 and IT Fundamentals Part 2 before attending this course.
  2. It is also recommended to attend MTA: Windows Server Administration Fundamentals and NICF - MTA: Networking Fundamentals (SF) before attending this course.

Funding Information

  • SSG Funding

This course is aligned to the National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF) and accredited by SSG with Cat-B Funding (PME Level).

  • Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)

NTUC members enjoy UTAP* benefit of up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses with NTUC LearningHub.

* UTAP supports 50% of the course fees paid cap at $250 per year. You must be a union member throughout the course duration and at the time of claim. 



Course Fee with SSG Cat-B funding


  Individual Sponsored Company Sponsored
w/o GST w GST w/o GST w GST
Original Course Fee $900.00 $963.00 $900.00 $963.00 $900.00 $963.00
Singapore Citizens & PRs aged 21 years and above $540.00 $603.00 $540.00 $603.00 $90.00 $153.00
Singapore Citizens aged 40 years and above $90.00 $153.00 $90.00 $153.00 $90.00 $153.00


  • Individual Sponsored
    • Eligible Singapore Citizens can use their SkillsFuture Credit to offset course fee payable after funding.
    • Eligible Singapore Citizens can use their PSEA funds to offset course fee payable after funding.
    • NTUC Members can enjoy up to 50% funding (capped at $250 per year) under Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP). 
    • Eligible Singapore Citizens can use their PSEA funds to offset course fee payable after funding.
  • Company Sponsored
    • Absentee Payroll claimable by SMEs: Up to 80%of hourly basic salary capped at $7.50/hr
    • Absentee Payroll claimable by Non-SMEs: Up to 80% of hourly basic salary capped at $4.50/hr

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Prices are subject to other LHUB miscellaneous fees