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Welcome to UNICEF’s mandatory Information Security Awareness eLearning Course. This course has been customised for UNICEF based upon the UN’s computer-based training course for the United Nations system. This course will give you an overall view of concepts and solutions for data protection and help you to review proper use of UNICEF’s information assets and best practices for cyber security at work and at home.

Learning objectives

By the end of the mandatory course, you will be able to:

- Master the fundamentals of information security best practices
- Examine UNICEF’s information security policies and resources
- Consider the importance of UNICEF’s sensitive information and data classification
- Investigate social engineering methods, its associated threats and what you can do to minimise its impact
- Explore best practices for password security
- Understand the growing threat of phishing and how to combat it
- Review UNICEF information security best practices to safely access information on the Internet, protect email messages, safely delete information assets and avoid fraudulent URLs and malicious attachments
- Learn about information security incidents and how to respond to them

You can take additional modules to learn about:

- Examine and assess cybercrime threats in the UNICEF universe
- Analyze the risks associated with mobile devices and public wireless networks
- Distinguish the key concepts and review guidelines for data destruction
- Define common methods of encryption and when you need to use them
- Assess the social networking dangers that may affect your work at UNICEF and your personal privacy
- Learn about best practices and UNICEF guidelines for safe social networking
- Become an expert at protecting children online and managing information security at home
- Learn about data security and cloud computing, the associated risks and best practices and discover how they may affect your work at UNICEF.


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It should take you about 40 minutes to an hour to complete this self-paced course. The additional modules may take you another 1 hour.


The mandatory course consists of 7 modules:

1. Introduction and video welcome from Jorge Torres, Chief Information Security Officer, UNICEF

2. Protecting Sensitive Information

3. Social Engineering

4. Password Selection and Usage

5. Electronic Messaging and Phishing

6. Accessing Information on the Internet

7. Responding to Incidents

Additional modules include:

8. Cybercrime and Target Identification

9. Mobile Devices and Wireless Networks

10. Data Destruction

11. Encryption Module

12. Social Networking

13. Protecting Children Online and Security within the Home

14. Security of Your Data in the Cloud

You can take the Information Security Final Assessment after the first seven modules. An 80% success rate gives you accreditation and a certificate of course completion.

Contact details

UNICEF Customer Care