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CompTIA® Security+® (Exam SY0-401)
CompTIA® Security+® (Exam SY0-401) is the primary course you will need to take if your job responsibilities include securing network services, devices, and traffic in your organization. You can also take this course to prepare for the CompTIA Security+ certification examination. In this course, you will build on your knowledge of and professional experience with security fundamentals, networks, and organizational security as you acquire the specific skills required to implement basic security services on any type of computer network.
This course can benefit you in two ways. If you intend to pass the CompTIA Security+ (Exam SY0-401) certification examination, this course can be a significant part of your preparation. But certification is not the only key to professional success in the field of computer security. Today's job market demands individuals with demonstrable skills, and the information and activities in this course can help you build your computer security skill set so that you can confidently perform your duties in any security-related role.
In this course, you will implement, monitor, and troubleshoot infrastructure, application, information, and operational security.
- Identify the fundamental concepts of computer security.
- Identify security threats and vulnerabilities.
- Manage data, application, and host security.
- Implement network security.
- Identify and implement access control and account management security measures.
- Manage certificates.
- Identify and implement compliance and operational security measures.
- Manage risk.
- Troubleshoot and manage security incidents.
- Plan for business continuity and disaster recovery.
This course is targeted toward the information technology (IT) professional who has networking and administrative skills in Windows®-based Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) networks; familiarity with other operating systems, such as Mac OS X®, Unix, or Linux; and who wants to further a career in IT by acquiring 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.
To ensure your success in your course, you should possess basic Windows user skills and a fundamental understanding of computer and networking concepts. You can obtain this level of skills and knowledge by taking one of the following LogicalCHOICE courses:
- Using Microsoft® Windows® 8.1
- Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 Transition from Windows® 7
CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications, or equivalent knowledge, and six to nine months experience in networking, including configuring security parameters, are strongly recommended. Students can obtain this level of skill and knowledge by taking any of the following LogicalCHOICE courses:
- CompTIA® A+®: A Comprehensive Approach (Exams 220-801 and 220-802)
- CompTIA® Network+® (Exam N10-005)
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. For instance, to gain experience with managing Windows Server® 2012, you could take any or all of the following LogicalCHOICE courses:
- Microsoft® Windows® Server 2012: Installation and Configuration
- Microsoft® Windows® Server 2012: Administration
- Microsoft® Windows® Server 2012: Configuring Advanced Services
Course-specific Technical Requirements
For this course, you will need one Windows Server® 2012 R2 computer for each student and for the instructor. Make sure that each computer meets the minimum hardware specifications as well as the classroom hardware specifications:
Windows Server 2012 R2
- 1.4 gigahertz (GHz) 64-bit processor.
- 2 gigabytes (GB) of Random Access Memory (RAM).
- 80 GB hard disk or larger.
- Super VGA (SVGA) or higher resolution monitor capable of a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768 pixels, at least 256-color display, and a video adapter with at least 4 MB of memory.
- Bootable DVD-ROM or USB drive.
- Keyboard and mouse or compatible pointing device.
- Gigabit Ethernet adapter (10/100/1000BaseT) and cabling to connect to the classroom network.
- IP addresses that do not conflict with other portions of your network.
- Internet connectivity is required.
- The instructor computer will need a display system to project the instructor's computer screen.
- Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition with sufficient licenses.
Windows Server 2012 R2 requires activation unless you have volume-licensing agreements. There is a grace period for activation. If the duration of your class will exceed the activation grace period (for example, if you are teaching the class over the course of an academic semester), you should activate the installations at some point before the grace period expires. Otherwise, the operating system may stop working before the class ends.
- Various security tools, some of which are included in the course data files:
- Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer version 2.3 (MBSASetup-x64-EN.msi).
- Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool version 5.9 (Windows-KB890830-x64-V5.9.exe).
- Microsoft Message Analyzer version 1.0 (MessageAnalyzer64.msi).
- Cain & Abel version 4.9.54 (ca_setup.exe).
- Nmap version 6.40 (nmap-6.40-setup.exe).
- Snort version 184.108.40.206 (Snort_2_9_6_0_Installer.exe).
- WinPcap version 4.1.3 (WinPcap_4_1_3.exe), a driver required to run many of these security tools.
Due to licensing restrictions, the Microsoft tools listed above, as well as Cain & Abel, are not distributed with the data files. The steps to download these tools are described in the course setup that follows. Note that the URL paths to these downloads may have changed after this course was written. Nmap and Snort are distributed with the course data files under version 2 of the GNU General Public License (GPL). WinPcap is distributed with the course data files and includes the pertinent licensing information.
The activities in this course were written to the versions of the tools noted above. If new versions of the tools have been released when you teach this course, make sure to test them with their corresponding activities to note any keying discrepancies.
Lesson 1: Security Fundamentals
Topic A: The Information Security Cycle
Topic B: Information Security Controls
Topic C: Authentication Methods
Topic D: Cryptography Fundamentals
Topic E: Security Policy Fundamentals
Lesson 2: Identifying Security Threats and Vulnerabilities
Topic A: Social Engineering
Topic B: Malware
Topic C: Software-Based Threats
Topic D: Network-Based Threats
Topic E: Wireless Threats and Vulnerabilities
Topic F: Physical Threats and Vulnerabilities
Lesson 3: Managing Data, Application, and Host Security
Topic A: Manage Data Security
Topic B: Manage Application Security
Topic C: Manage Device and Host Security
Topic D: Manage Mobile Security
Lesson 4: Implementing Network Security
Topic A: Configure Security Parameters on Network Devices and Technologies
Topic B: Network Design Elements and Components
Topic C: Implement Networking Protocols and Services
Topic D: Apply Secure Network Administration Principles
Topic E: Secure Wireless Traffic
Lesson 5: Implementing Access Control, Authentication, and Account Management
Topic A: Access Control and Authentication Services
Topic B: Implement Account Management Security Controls
Lesson 6: Managing Certificates
Topic A: Install a CA Hierarchy
Topic B: Enroll Certificates
Topic C: Secure Network Traffic by Using Certificates
Topic D: Renew Certificates
Topic E: Back Up and Restore Certificates and Private Keys
Topic F: Revoke Certificates
Lesson 7: Implementing Compliance and Operational Security
Topic A: Physical Security
Topic B: Legal Compliance
Topic C: Security Awareness and Training
Topic D: Integrate Systems and Data with Third Parties
Lesson 8: Risk Management
Topic A: Risk Analysis
Topic B: Implement Vulnerability Assessment Tools and Techniques
Topic C: Scan for Vulnerabilities
Topic D: Mitigation and Deterrent Techniques
Lesson 9: Troubleshooting and Managing Security Incidents
Topic A: Respond to Security Incidents
Topic B: Recover from a Security Incident
Lesson 10: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
Topic A: Business Continuity
Topic B: Plan for Disaster Recovery
Topic C: Execute DRPs and Procedures
Appendix A: Mapping Course Content to CompTIA® Security+® Exam SY0-401
|Days of Training||5|
|Product Type||Print and Digital Courseware|
|Manufacturer's Product Code||No|
|Revision Notes||For revision 1.1, in response to customer requests, minor changes were made to several activities, in addition to some changes to content and slides. For a complete list of changes, please consult the Resources tile of the Facilitator Course on CHOICE.”|
|Original Publication Date||2014-04-21 00:00:00|
CompTIA Security+ Certification (Exam SY0-401) Print/Electronic Student Kit Training Bundle
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CompTIA Security+ (Exam SY0-401)
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