CompTIA Security+ (2008 Objectives)

Course Specifications
Course number: 085984
Software: Windows
Course length: 5.0 day(s)
Course Description
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.

Prerequisites: 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.

Delivery Method: Instructor led, group-paced, classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.
Hardware Requirements
To run this course, make sure all equipment is designed for Microsoft Windows Server 2008. You will need one computer for each student and one for the instructor. Each computer will need to meet the recommended hardware specifications for Windows Server 2008 as well as the classroom hardware specifications:
• 1 GHz or greater processor.
• 512 megabytes (MB) of Random Access Memory (RAM) or greater.
• 40 gigabyte (GB) hard disk or larger.
• Super VGA (SVGA) or higher resolution monitor capable of a screen resolution of at least 800 x 600 pixels, at least 256-color display, and a video adapter with at least 4 MB of memory.
• Bootable DVD-ROM drive.
• Mouse or compatible tracking device.
• Network adapter and cabling connecting each classroom computer.
• Network interface card and network cabling.
• IP addresses that do not conflict with other portions of your network.
• Internet connectivity is optional.
• The instructor computer will need a display system to project the instructor's computer screen.
Platform Requirements
• Windows
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 (You will need to download this tool from a valid copy of Microsoft Windows.)
• The Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (KB890830), available from
• The Microsoft Network Monitor 3.1 available from
• Security Update Windows 6.0–KB951746, available from or by searching for KB951746 on the 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