Understanding IT Networks: Assessing Connectivity and Ensuring Security

Training In person 17/05/2024 4 CPE-points
Understanding IT Networks: Assessing Connectivity and Ensuring Security
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17 May 2024 - 13:00

17 May 2024 - 17:00

IIA Belgium



4 CPE-points

This course is part of the IT Audit Bootcamp. Learn more  here.


This training program is designed for non-IT auditors aiming to enhance their foundational knowledge and practical skills in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), specifically focusing on networks and connectivity. Participants will delve into local and wide-area networks, understanding their impact on business operations. The training emphasizes the importance of assessing network architecture, configuration, and connectivity for vulnerabilities, as well as the potential risks associated with data transmission, access controls, and network security.

LEVEL: intermediate

Target Audience

This program is tailored for non-IT auditors and other individuals involved in auditing business processes who seek a deeper understanding of IT networks, their configurations, and the associated security considerations. Prior basic knowledge of IT fundamentals is recommended but not mandatory.

Course Objectives

  • Comprehensive Network Understanding
    • Gain a thorough understanding of local and wide-area networks and their role in business operations.
  • Vulnerability Assessment
    • Learn to assess network architecture and configurations for potential vulnerabilities.
  • Risk Identification
    • Understand the risks associated with data transmission, access controls, and network security.
  • Security Best Practices
    • Explore best practices for securing networks and ensuring data integrity.
  • Connectivity Evaluation
    • Develop skills in evaluating and optimizing network connectivity for efficient business operations.
  • Incident Response Preparedness
    • Learn to prepare for and respond to network-related incidents effectively.
  • Audit Considerations
    • Understand the role of network assessments in the audit process and compliance considerations.

Course Content

  • Introduction to IT Networks
    • Overview of local and wide-area networks
    • Importance in modern business operations
  • Network Architecture and Configuration Assessment
    • Understanding network architecture
    • Assessing network configurations for vulnerabilities
  • Risk Factors in Data Transmission
    • Identifying potential risks in data transmission
    • Impact on business continuity
  • Access Controls and Network Security
    • Importance of access controls
    • Network security protocols and best practices
  • Optimizing Network Connectivity
    • Evaluating and optimizing network connectivity for efficiency
    • Redundancy and failover considerations
  • Incident Response in Network Security
    • Developing incident response plans
    • Mitigating the impact of network incidents
  • Audit and Compliance Considerations
    • The role of network assessments in audit processes
    • Compliance considerations related to network security


Basic knowledge of IT fundamentals, including an understanding of hardware and software components, is recommended. Participants should have a familiarity with general computer usage and basic networking concepts. A willingness to engage in discussions and hands-on activities to reinforce learning is essential.

Mark Dekeyser
Mark Dekeyser

Mark Dekeyser is an expert trainer and consultant related to IIA Belgium. He has a CISA certificate and is also member of ISACA. 
Between 2012 and 2021 he served as a member of the IIA Belgium Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee.
He teaches a variety of courses, among which Risk Based Auditing, Digital Transformation, Data Analysis and many more.
As a consultant he's involved in performing periodic Audit Quality Assessments for member organizations of IIA Belgium.

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