A+ Essentials 2009: Security and Network Fundamentals (IPv6 update)

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


Security and networking are important in the computer world. This trend has only increased as the average person’s interaction on the Internet continues to grow. This course examines security concepts and technologies, such as encryption, authentication, firewalls, and malicious content scanners while also examining malicious content types and the preventative measures that can be taken to guard against them. This course also examines network connectivity, including wired and wireless, and the components and communication mechanisms, such as cables, protocols and devices, used in order to allow two or two million computers to communicate with each other and to share information. This course is one of a series in the SkillSoft learning path that covers the objectives for the CompTIA 220-701: A+ Essentials exam which is half of the requirement necessary to acquire the CompTIA A+ certification.

Target Audience

Individuals undertaking the A+ certification track and companies who need technical staff trained in the A+ exam track


Candidates should have the knowledge required to understand the fundamentals of computer technology, networking, and security. They should be able to identify hardware, peripheral, networking, and security components. They should also understand the basic functionality of the operating system and basic troubleshooting methodology.

Expected Duration

180 min.

Course Objectives

Security Concepts and Technologies

  • recognize how key encryption technologies work
  • recognize how key authentication technologies work
  • configure firewall exceptions
  • recognize ways to dispose of data
  • Security Features and Connections

  • configure a wireless network connection
  • recognize how to secure a network using IDS
  • open the TPM
  • recognize ways to secure the user environment
  • Setting Firewall Exceptions and Wireless Connections

    Malicious Software Detection and Prevention

  • recognize how the types of malicious code work
  • recognize how spyware works
  • recognize how spam works
  • Networking Fundamentals, Devices, and Protocols

  • recognize key networking concepts
  • join a computer to a domain and a workgroup
  • recognize how network devices function
  • configure TCP/IP settings on a client
  • Network Types and Wireless Configuration

  • recognize key characteristics of wired and wireless networks
  • configure a wireless network
  • Performing Basic Network Configurations

    IPv6 Addressing

  • distinguish between the types of IPv6 addresses
  • recognize key characteristics of the technologies used to transition from IPv4 to IPv6
  • Network Cables and Connectors

  • distinguish between the types of network cabling
  • distinguish between the types of connectors