A4Q Certified Security Essentials


  • Developers
  • Business Analysts
  • Software Testers
  • Agile Teams
  • IT Managers
  • Project- & Team Manager
  • IT Requirements-Experts.


There are no specific requirements or required pre-certifications. This certification is for any team member involved in the development of an IT system, software application or embedded system. 

The exam covers the following issues:

  1. Fundamentals of IT Security
  2. Understanding attacks
  3. Security in the software lifecycle: types, methods and management

online exam price
246 gross
60 min.*
Pass mark grade:
*60 min. for natives, 75 min. for non-natives.


  • understand the most common security related terms, concepts and processes.
  • align project activities with required or recommended security related activities
  • understand and explain the activities required for developing a specific system or application in a secure manner
  • understand common security related mistakes in development
  • understand common security related mistakes in requirements engineering
  • understand and explain different security testing types
  • actively take part in and contribute to security related risk management activities
  • understand and explain fundamental security requirements that a given system must meet
  • understand and explain the activities that are required for developing secure systems and applications
  • understand and explain how fundamental security requirements can be established
  • understand the role of testing as part of a security development lifecycle
  • receive guidance on what to include in a comprehensive basic training on IT security


To take exam you will need:

Desktop or laptop with a webcam and microphone

It is allowed to use Windows 7 and higher, Mac OS X and higher, ChromeOS and most Linux distributions (64-bit Ubuntu 14.04+, Debian 8+, openSUSE 13.3+, or Fedora Linux 24+).

Google Chrome browser

The Google Chrome extension is required to share your screen. Please remember that it is not compatible with mobile devices. Please make sure that you have the administrator rights in order to add the extension to your browser.

Tablet or smartphone with a camera

You might be required to use the camera of your smartphone or tablet. You will need to download an app (34MB) which is compatible with any Android 4.1 or higher and iOS (Apple) 8.0 or higher.

Stable internet connection

In order to run the exam without any problems, you need to have a steady internet connection (Wi-Fi will be required for mobile streaming) with a minimum upload speed of 1MB/sec.

Photo ID

You will need to identify yourself before starting the exam. You can use your ID card, driver’s license, student card or passport.

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