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Comptia Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals


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Table of Contents

1.Introduction to Security
a.Who are the attackers?
i.Categories of threat actors
ii.Attributes of actors
b.Attack vectors and their causes
i.Avenues of attacks
ii.Vulnerabilities that create attack vectors
iii.Social engineering attacks
c.Cybersecurity standards
i.Regulations and standards
iii.Configuration guidelines
d.Sources of information
i.Threat intelligence sources
ii.Research sources
2.Security Evaluations
a.Security assessments
i.Threat hunting
ii.Vulnerability scans
iii.Security information and event management (SIEM)
iv.Security orchestration, automation, response (SOAR)
b.Penetration testing
i.What is penetration testing?
ii.Types of reconnaissance
iii.Exercise types (
3.Threats and Attacks on Devices
a.Attacks using malware
iv.Payload capabilities
b.Adversarial AI attacks
c.Application attacks
i.Web server application attacks
iii.Overflow attacks
iv.Advertising attacks
v.Browser vulnerabilities
4.Client and Application Security
a.Securing client devices
i.Endpoint protection
ii.Boot integrity
iii.Database protection
iv.Hardware and software protection
b.Creating and deploying SecDevOps
i.Application development
ii.Secure coding techniques
iii.Code testing
5.Mobile, Embedded and Specialized Device Security
a.Securing mobile devices
i.Mobile device types and deployment
ii.Mobile device risks
iii.Securing mobile devices
iv.Mobile management tools
b.Embedded and IoT device security
i.Types of embedded systems
ii.IoT devices
iii.Specialized devices
c.Keeping specialized devices secure
ii.Securing communications
6.Basic Cryptography
a.Defining cryptography
b.Cryptographic algorithms
c.Cryptographic attacks
d.Using cryptography
7.Advanced Cryptography and PKI
a.Implementing cryptography
b.Digital certificates
c.Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
d.Cryptographic transport protocols
8.Network Threats, Assessments, and Defenses
a.Attacks on networks
iii.Denial of Service
b.Assessing network and organizational security
i.Network reconnaissance and discovery
ii.File manipulation
iii.Shell and script environments
iv.Packet capture and replay
c.Physical security defenses
i.External perimeter defenses
ii.Internal physical access security
iii.Computer hardware security
9.Network Security Design and Technologies
a.Security through network devices
i.Standard network devices
ii.Network security hardware
b.Security through architecture and design
c.Implementing secure protocols
d.Enterprise network security concepts
i.Configuration management
ii.Data protection
10.Wireless Network Security
a.Wireless attacks
i.Bluetooth attacks
ii.Near field communication attacks
iii.Radio frequency identification attacks
iv.Wireless local area network attacks
b.Vulnerabilities of IEEE wireless security
c.Wireless security solutions
i.Wi-Fi Protected Access
ii.Wi-Fi Protected Access 2
iii.Additional wireless security protections
11.Cloud and Virtualization Security
a.Cloud security
i.Cloud concepts and models
ii.Cloud security solutions
1.Cloud security controls
2.Cloud security solutions
b.Virtualization security
i.Virtualization concepts
ii.Securing virtual environments
12.Identity and Access Management (IAM)
a.Authentication credentials
i.What you know: passwords
ii.What you have: tokens, cards, and cell phones
iii.What you are: biometrics
iv.What you do: behavioral biometrics
v.Where you are: geolocation
b.Identity and account management controls
c.Access services
13.Incident Response and Investigation
a.Incident response plans and procedures
i.What is an incident response plan?
ii.Incident response exercises
iii.Attack frameworks
b.Investigating an incident by using data sources
c.Digital forensics
i.What is forensics?
ii.Forensics procedures
14.Cybersecurity Resilience
a.Control types
b.Techniques for resiliency
iii.Data backups
c.Using organizational policies for security
15.Risk Management and Data Privacy
a.Managing risk
i.Threat assessment
ii.Risk assessment
b.Protecting sensitive data
i.Data types
ii.Consequences of privacy breaches
iii.Breach notifications
iv.Roles and responsibilities
v.Privacy enhancing technologies

About the Author

Dr. Mark Ciampa is a professor of information systems in the Gordon Ford College of Business at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Prior to this current role, he served as an associate professor and the director of academic computing at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee, for 20 years. Dr. Ciampa has worked in the IT industry as a computer consultant for businesses, government agencies and educational institutions. He has published more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written more than 25 technology textbooks, including CompTIA CySA+ Guide to Cybersecurity Analyst, Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals, Security Awareness: Applying Practical Security in Your World, CWNA Guide to Wireless LANS, and Guide to Wireless Communications. Dr. Ciampa holds a Ph.D. in technology management with a specialization in digital communication systems from Indiana State University and has certifications in security and healthcare.

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