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Practical Information Security Boot Camp

Course Details
Tuition (USD): $2,195.00 • Classroom (4 days)
$2,195.00 • Virtual (4 days)

This four-day information security training course teaches security professionals how to identify business requirements and turn those requirements into a highly functional, cost-effective information security management system. Led by an expert instructor, you will dive into the intricacies of managed security solutions. Examination of actual security incidents and real-word scenarios are used to understand how to apply those solutions and how to discover shortcomings within existing solutions. One of the greatest weaknesses many organizations have is their inability to identify and respond to security incidents. While learning how to avoid incidents, we will teach you how effective monitoring tools are used in concert with pre-planned security response solutions. Learn to trigger actions that minimize both immediate and long-term impacts of any security incident. Designed to teach security experts the business processes required to effectively govern a corporate security program, this course also teaches managers how to use information gathered through security technology tools such as an IPS, Firewall, or SIEM, to develop appropriate and timely responses to a security breach.

Skills Gained

  • Learn how to Identify and create Business Security Objectives
  • Integrate effective Security Governance in your organization
  • Examine and plan for regulatory compliance in 2015 and beyond and relate compliance requirements to your own business security objectives
  • Pinpoint and compare security performance metrics and tie them to security deficiencies and solutions
  • Learn to spot a CWE/SANS "Top 25" software security vulnerability in your company
  • Perform real-world Quantitative and Qualitative Risk Analysis and understand levels of acceptable risk within a corporation
  • Leverage and integrate different security control categories and types
  • Learn to define and manage Change and Configuration Management
  • Create an agile, effective incident response process for your own organization
  • Integrate practical Security Planning in your own organization

Who Can Benefit

  • IT Manager, Directors & Staff
  • Development Leads
  • Security Managers
  • System Administrators
  • Network Designers
  • Help Desk Professionals
  • Security Administrators
  • Any Security Staff
  • Business Analysts
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Project Managers
  • Systems Architects/Designers
  • Systems or Application Developers
  • Systems Analysts or Testers
  • Managers & Team Leaders

Course Details

1. Introduction to Security Management

What is security? How do you achieve it? Is security defined by compliance with PCI, SOX, HIPAA, etc.? Is it possible to be "compliant" yet still vulnerable to attack? This introduction covers what it means to create a truly secure environment. Security is more than just compliance. We constantly hear about compliant companies getting hacked. You will learn to approach security through the lens of "Availability, Integrity, and Confidentiality." Companies are often confused by how to manage diverse mandatory regulations and the plethora of security frameworks available. We'll examine popular security frameworks and how they relate to both real world business requirements and regulatory compliance. You will learn how to discover business requirements and turn those into usable security objectives.

  • Compliance vs. Security – Why do compliant companies get hacked?
  • What is security – Availability, Integrity, Confidentiality
  • SANS Critical Security Controls (CSC)
  • Security architectures
  • Security Frameworks
  • In-class discussion

2. Case Studies – Real-World Expert Analysis

Throughout the course, you will examine real-world case studies of companies who were compliant but not secure. You will learn from the mistakes made in the past in order to improve their security.

  • Target - What happened?
  • Neiman Marcus - What happened?
  • P.F. Chang's - What happened?
  • Experian - What happened?
  • Diginotar - What happened?

3. Business Needs Assessment & Implementing Security into Business Processes

You must tune security practices to meet the needs of the business. There are many things organizations have in common, such as Firewall protection or protecting yourself from malicious software. However, there are many more considerations when designing protection. Assessing the business and its needs allows a security analyst/architect to uncover these needs and address them properly.

  • What are the critical functional requirements for the business?
  • What are the critical security requirements for those functions
  • What problems do they create?
  • Risk Assessment – What is it worth? Should I fix it?
  • Technical, Physical, Administrative
  • Accept, Transfer, Mitigate (Reduce), Avoid
  • Capital Planning

4. Policy and Supporting Documents

After the specific needs of a business are uncovered it is necessary to begin crafting the businesses security posture beginning with the security policy. Your policy will drive all other aspects of security. From here, you will work your way through supporting documents and best practices.

  • Standards
  • Baselines
  • Procedures
  • Guidelines

5. Controls and Configuration

You will take a deep look at common security tools, such as an IDS, IPS, Firewalls and ACLs. More importantly, you will learn the critical security functions provided by these devices, why they are required, data produced by the devices, and how to use the information to protect, identify and respond to constantly changing security threats. Discover how information gathered from these devices can meet the business security objectives uncovered previously in the course.

  • "Now that I have a security architecture, how do I implement it?"
  • Technical
  • Administrative
  • Physical factors

6. Security Monitoring

"Ninety-seven percent of Fortune 500 companies have been hacked, and likely the other 3% have too, they just don't know it," says " says Peter W. Singer of the Brookings Institution. Threats are real, but often go unrecognized. This section teaches you how to reveal threats through monitoring, alerts, and correlation. We will also show you what to continuously monitor vs. what should be recorded for the inevitable post-incident assessment.

  • The importance of continuous monitoring
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Penetration Testing
  • SOC
  • Log Review
  • Event Correlation (SEIM)
  • Performance Measurements

7. Incident Response and Recovery

Effective incident response procedures are a requirement for any company who wants to avoid the reputation damage and public humiliation of being latest news story data breach. The difference between heavy damage and millions of dollars in post-incident cleanup versus a sustainable, controlled data breach is proper planning and immediate, methodical eradication of incidents.

  • Developing an IR program
  • Incident handling
  • Analysis and feedback
  • Backups and Restore

8. BCP

It is very important to protect ourselves from threats yet probably just as important, if not more so, is how do we survive outages, continuity problems or worse. Sony's playstation network or RIM's most recent outage are good examples of what we need to protect ourselves from. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency 40% of businesses do not survive a disaster which could be as small as faulty sprinkler system. It is important to be prepared for interruptions so that a business can survive. In this section we will explore the importance of planning for these outages.

  • Importance of BCP/DRP/Contingency Plans
  • Policy
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