CompTIA® Security+ Certification Prep 1

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CompTIA® Security+ Certification Prep 1

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About This Course

The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts that computer security and related computer-support specialties will be among the fastest-growing occupations through 2018. CompTIA's Security+ certificate is widely regarded as the entry-level certificate for this fast-growing field. Getting that certificate requires passing CompTIA's challenging SY0-301 exam.

This course covers the key terminology and concepts needed to ace the exam, all in a condensed format for rapid reading. The course provides helpful study tools including crossword puzzles, games, and practice questions to aid with learning. All of the content is geared toward helping you pass the SY0-301 exam so you can leave …

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About This Course

The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts that computer security and related computer-support specialties will be among the fastest-growing occupations through 2018. CompTIA's Security+ certificate is widely regarded as the entry-level certificate for this fast-growing field. Getting that certificate requires passing CompTIA's challenging SY0-301 exam.

This course covers the key terminology and concepts needed to ace the exam, all in a condensed format for rapid reading. The course provides helpful study tools including crossword puzzles, games, and practice questions to aid with learning. All of the content is geared toward helping you pass the SY0-301 exam so you can leave the test center with your Security+ certificate in hand.

Please note that if you received your Comp TIA A+ certification before 1/1/2011, you will be a lifetime credential holder not subject to credential renewals. If you achieve your certification after 1/1/2011, you will be subject to a CompTIA A+ renewal process every three years.

About The Instructor

This course includes a knowledgeable and caring instructor who will guide you through your lessons, facilitate discussions, and answer your questions. The instructor for this course will be Ron Gilster.

Ron Gilster is a best-selling author with more than 40 titles in print. He writes on topics including information technology (IT) certifications, real estate, and business. Ron has held a variety of IT-related positions, ranging from computer operator to senior manager. He has worked in consulting, manufacturing, software development, telecommunications, and higher education. He has an MBA and holds A+, Network+, i-Net+, CCNA, and AAGG certifications. He has developed and facilitated numerous courses and has taught in A+, Network+, and CCNA boot camps.

His books include CCNA For Dummies, A+ Certification for Dummies, Server+ For Dummies, Network+ For Dummies, i-Net+ For Dummies, Cisco Networking For Dummies, MCSA For Dummies, CCDA For Dummies, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007: A Beginner's Guide, CEA-CompTIA DHTI+ Digital Home Technology Integrator All-In-One Exam Guide, and PC Hardware: A Beginner's Guide.

Syllabus

A new section of each course starts monthly. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.

Week 1

Wednesday - Lesson 01

Computer security and related computer-support specialties are among today's fastest-growing occupations. Getting a CompTIA Security+ credential is your first step to gaining entrance into this exciting, fast-paced field. By the time you finish this first lesson, you'll know what you need to do to achieve a Security+ credential. You'll also understand the basic goals, tools, and techniques of computer security.

Friday - Lesson 02

In this lesson, we'll review the tasks and actions a secure network administrator performs, including setting up security rules and ensuring secure device configurations. We'll also cover what you need to consider in the design of a secure network. You'll learn the definitions, structures, and methods that combine to create a secure network environment.

Week 2

Wednesday - Lesson 03

In Lesson 3, we'll explore the common network security protocols and ports in use on secure networks, and we'll discuss which ones are most likely to show up on the Security+ exam. You'll learn the purpose and function of each of the protocols and features in this lesson. This knowledge will help you not only pass the exam, but also work as a successful secure network administrator.

Friday - Lesson 04

If you work as a secure network administrator, you'll spend most of your days focusing on risk. Risk comes in many forms, and identifying, mitigating, and reducing risk is what network security is all about. In this lesson, you'll get a broad overview of how we deal with risks. We'll explore security policies, risk analysis, risk control methods, and the duties of risk administration.

Week 3

Wednesday - Lesson 05

Despite your best efforts, there are times when a security incident will occur. In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to an incident. We'll explore the forensic processes you can use to gather evidence after an incident, and we'll go over the procedures you'll use to report and record the outcome of your investigation. With thorough incident response, you'll be able to minimize the damage from an incident and find out how you can prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

Friday - Lesson 06

In this lesson, we'll explore some topics important to keeping your network secure and performing at its best. We'll start with user awareness. When it comes to preventing security incidents, how can you make an organization's employees your allies instead of your enemies? We'll look at some compliance procedures that can help. We'll also discuss how we classify information according to its sensitivity and then apply security protections accordingly. Next, we'll investigate some physical and logical security options. Finally, we'll talk about how to secure the network's environment from hazards such as weather, fire, and high heat or humidity. There's a lot to think about when securing a network, but you'll get a good grasp on the ins and outs in this lesson.

Week 4

Wednesday - Lesson 07

Many of the threats that face a secure network come from sources you might not expect. Network users can be unknowingly creating vulnerabilities every day. The Web provides avenues to attackers who wish to infect networks with viruses, phishing attacks, and other types of exploits. The expansion of social networking and even simple peer-to-peer file sharing across a network can also add new types of threats to your network. While these threats can affect the network, they can also interrupt the continuity of your business operations. In this lesson, we'll investigate each potential threat and how you can keep threats at bay.

Friday - Lesson 08

Even the best security designs and implementations are only in effect if an entire system is up and running. If part of a system or network fails, its security measures could also fail simply because they aren't running. In this lesson, we'll look at the various methods and technologies that help to ensure that a system or network remains up and running. We'll explore redundancy and fault tolerance, and how RAID can help us achieve them. We'll also look at high availability, clustering, load balancing, failover, and network resiliency. By the end of this lesson, you'll have a good understanding of how these technologies help prevent network downtime.

Week 5

Wednesday - Lesson 09

This is the first of two lessons in which we'll focus on threats and vulnerabilities. In Lesson 9, we'll cover the various types of malware, the different types of attacks that threaten your network, and the variety of social engineering attacks that seek to gain information about you, your users, your organization, and your network. Once you know your enemy, you'll be better prepared to protect your network.

Friday - Lesson 10

In this lesson, we'll continue our exploration of the many types of threats and vulnerabilities that can hurt a network with a look at application and injection attacks. This time, we'll also focus on the actions of attackers, the types of attacks they can launch, and the mitigation methods we can use to determine the nature and damage of an attack. By the end of this lesson, you'll not only be well-informed about the types of attacks you can expect to see while working in network security, but you'll also know what methods you can use to prevent and minimize damage from attacks.

Week 6

Wednesday - Lesson 11

So far, we've talked about many threats that affect wired networks. But wireless networks have their own unique set of threats and vulnerabilities. In this lesson, we'll look at these wireless threats and vulnerabilities. You'll find out the strategies behind many wireless attacks, including client-to-client attacks, war jacking, interception attacks, and more. Finally, you'll see how to design a wireless network for maximum security and mitigation of these threats.

Friday - Lesson 12

In the final lesson of the course, we'll explore a few methods and security measures that you can apply to a network to reduce its vulnerabilities. First, we'll talk about the hardening process, which includes tasks such as securing accounts, removing unnecessary accounts, and applying port security. Then we'll look at different types of intrusion detection and prevention systems. We'll wrap up with a discussion of the tools and processes some of these systems use. I'll show you how you can put some of the concepts you've been learning throughout this course into practice on a network.


Requirements

CompTIA recommends that you have A+ and Network+ certifications, and two years on-the-job networking experience, prior to preparing for this exam. We don't require that much. But you should have substantial knowledge of TCP/IP networking prior to signing up for this course. You'll also need Internet access, email, the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser, and the Adobe Flash and PDF plug-ins (two free and simple downloads you obtain at http://www.adobe.com/downloads by clicking Get Adobe Flash Player and Get Adobe Reader).

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