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In this course, you will build on your knowledge and professional experience with computer hardware, operating systems, and networks as you acquire the specific skills required to implement basic security services on any type of computer network.

Course Outline

CompTIA Security+® (2008 Objectives) is the primary course you will need to take if your job responsibilities include securing network services, network devices, and network traffic. It is also the main course you will take to prepare for the CompTIA Security+ (2008 Edition) Certification examination (exam number SY0-201). In this course, you will build on your knowledge and professional experience with computer hardware, operating systems, and networks as you acquire the specific skills required to implement basic security services on any type of computer network.

Course Objective: You will implement and monitor security on networks, applications, and operating systems, and respond to security breaches

Target Student:
This course is targeted toward an Information Technology (IT) professional who has networking and administrative skills in Windows-based TCP/IP networks and familiarity with other operating systems, such as OS X, Unix, or Linux, and who wants to further a career in IT by acquiring a foundational knowledge of security topics; prepare for the CompTIA Security+ Certification examination; or use Security+ as the foundation for advanced security certifications or career roles.

Software Requirements

  •   Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard Edition or Enterprise Edition, with sufficient licenses.
  •   Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer version 2.1 (MBSASetup-x86-EN.msi), available from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/cc184923.aspx. (You will need to download this tool from a valid copy of Microsoft Windows.)
  •   The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (KB890830), available from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=ad724ae0-e72d-4f54-9ab3-75b8eb148356&displaylang=en.
  •   The Microsoft Network Monitor 3.1 available from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=18b1d59d-f4d8-4213-8d17-2f6dde7d7aac&displaylang=en
  •   Security Update Windows 6.0–KB951746, available from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=1fcea8f4-b233-42e1-b913-c4fcae276c7b&displaylang=en or by searching for KB951746 on the microsoft.com website.

Performance-Based Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  •   identify fundamental concepts of computer security.
  •   identify security threats.
  •   harden internal systems and services.
  •   harden internetwork devices and services.
  •   secure network communications.
  •   establish security best practices for creating and running web-based applications.
  •   manage public key infrastructure (PKI).
  •   manage certificates.
  •   enforce organizational security policies.
  •   monitor the security infrastructure.
  •   manage security incidents.

Course Content
Lesson 1: Security Fundamentals

  • Topic 1A: Security Building Blocks
  • Topic 1B: Authentication Methods
  • Topic 1C: Cryptography Fundamentals
  • Topic 1D: Security Policy Fundamentals

Lesson 2: Security Threats

  • Topic 2A: Social Engineering
  • Topic 2B: Software-Based Threats
  • Topic 2C: Network-Based Threats
  • Topic 2D: Hardware-Based Threats

Lesson 3: Hardening Internal Systems and Services

  • Topic 3A: Harden Operating Systems
  • Topic 3B: Harden Directory Services
  • Topic 3C: Harden DHCP Servers
  • Topic 3D: Harden File and Print Servers

Lesson 4: Hardening Internetwork Devices and Services

  • Topic 4A: Harden Internetwork Connection Devices
  • Topic 4B: Harden DNS and BIND Servers
  • Topic 4C: Harden Web Servers
  • Topic 4D: Harden Email Servers
  • Topic 4E: Harden Conferencing and Messaging Servers
  • Topic 4F: Secure File Transfers

Lesson 5: Securing Network Communications

  • Topic 5A: Protect Network Traffic with IP Security (IPSec)
  • Topic 5B: Secure Wireless Traffic
  • Topic 5C: Secure the Network Telephony Infrastructure
  • Topic 5D: Secure the Remote Access Channel

Lesson 6: Securing Web Applications

  • Topic 6A: Prevent Input Validation Attacks
  • Topic 6B: Protect Systems from Buffer Overflow Attacks
  • Topic 6C: Implement ActiveX and Java Security
  • Topic 6D: Protect Systems from Scripting Attacks
  • Topic 6E: Implement Secure Cookies
  • Topic 6F: Harden a Web Browser

Lesson 7: Managing Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)

  • Topic 7A: Install a Certificate Authority (CA) Hierarchy
  • Topic 7B: Harden a Certificate Authority
  • Topic 7C: Back Up a CA
  • Topic 7D: Restore a CA

Lesson 8: Managing Certificates

  • Topic 8A: Enroll Certificates
  • Topic 8B: Secure Network Traffic by Using Certificates
  • Topic 8C: Renew Certificates
  • Topic 8D: Revoke Certificates
  • Topic 8E: Back Up Certificates and Private Keys
  • Topic 8F: Restore Certificates and Private Keys

Lesson 9: Enforcing Organizational Security Policies

  • Topic 9A: Perform a Risk Assessment
  • Topic 9B: Enforce Corporate Security Policy Compliance
  • Topic 9C: Enforce Legal Compliance
  • Topic 9D: Enforce Physical Security Compliance
  • Topic 9E: Educate Users
  • Topic 9F: Plan for Disaster Recovery
  • Topic 9G: Conduct a Security Audit

Lesson 10: Monitoring the Security Infrastructure

  • Topic 10A: Scan for Vulnerabilities
  • Topic 10B: Monitor for Security Anomalies
  • Topic 10C: Set Up a Honeypot

Lesson 11: Managing Security Incidents

  • Topic 11A: Respond to Security Incidents
  • Topic 11B: Evidence Administration
  • Topic 11C: Recover From a Security Incident

Appendix A: Mapping Security+ Course Content to the CompTIA Security+ Exam Objectives

Appendix B: CompTIA Security+ Acronyms
Prerequisites & Certificates

Basic Windows skills and fundamental understanding of computer and networking concepts are required. Students can obtain this level of skill and knowledge by taking the following Element K courses: Introduction to Networks and the Internet and any one or more of the following: Introduction to Personal Computers: Using Windows XPWindows XP: Introduction Introduction to Personal Computers: Using Windows VistaMicrosoft Windows Vista: Level 1 and Level 2 CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications, or equivalent knowledge, and six to nine months experience in networking, including experience configuring and managing TCP/IP, are strongly recommended. Students can obtain this level of skill and knowledge by taking any of the following Element K courses: CompTIA A+ Certification: A Comprehensive Approach for all 2006 Exam ObjectivesNetwork+ Certification: Fourth Edition A CompTIA Certification or CompTIA Network+ (2009 Objectives) Additional introductory courses or work experience in application development and programming or in network and operating system administration for any software platform or system are helpful but not required.

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Cancellation Policy
Student cancellations and/or rescheduling of public courses made within TEN (10) business days or less of the course start date will be charged at 100% of the full value.
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