CISSP Certification

CISSP Certification


This course is for any and all IT staff seeking CISSP Certification. CISSP certification is considered one of the most actively pursued activities with IT/IS Security arena across the globe.


Students should have a fundamental understanding of local area networks as well as the functions of the seven layers in the open interconnect (OSI) reference model.


5 days.

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Course Objectives

This intensive CISSP course aims to enable delegates to pass the CISSP certification examination. The course is based on the revised Official (ISC) 2 Guide to the CISSP CBK, Third edition book, 2013 (CRC Press & Authors, Harold F. Tipton; Steven Hernandez). The course format is presentation with subject discussion, followed by a sample test, based around the domain subject covered, to help reinforce the delegate's understanding of the material. There is a final across-domains test at the end of the course to help prepare the students in understanding the format for examinations and to help feedback knowledge base.

Course Content

Domain 1: Access Control
Access Control – Introduction, Definitions and Concepts:
• Authentication and Identity Management/ Authorisation/ Accountability.
Pillars of Security – CIA TRIAD.
Access Control Objectives:
• Preventive/Administrative, Logical (Technical), Physical.
• Detective/Administrative, Logical (Technical), Physical.
Types and Category of Access controls.
Access controls techniques:
• Mandatory Access Control (MAC) / Discretionary Access Control (DAC).
• Role- Based Access Control/ Rule- Based Access Control (RBAC).
Memory Cards.
Biometric Based Access Control.
Password management.
Kerberos Cryptosystem:
• Kerberos Components. 
• Kerberos Process.
Federated Management.
Single Sign-on (SSO).
Directory Technologies.
Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS).
Security Information and Event Management (SEIM).
• Malicious Software/ Virus/ Trap Door / Logic Bomb.
• Blaster Worm, Denial of Service SYN Attack.
Threat Modelling.
Threat Evaluation.
Risk Analysis:
• Quantitative & Qualitative Risk Assessment.
Penetration testing:
• Zero Knowledge.
• Partial Knowledge.
• Full Knowledge.
Review and questions.

Domain 2: Telecommunications & Network Security
Telecommunications and Network Securit.
Intrusion Detection Systems:
• Network-based ID systems.
• Host-based ID systems.
• Knowledge-based ID Systems.
• Behaviour-based ID Systems.
Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) 7 layer model:
• OSI 7 layer model components.
• TCP/IP protocol Stack, Ethernet Frame.
• IP Address and Classes.
• Subnetting or classless addressing.
• IPv6.
• Link-State Vector Algorithm.
Port Numbers; Sockets; Ranges.
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA):
• SCADA security.
• SCADA Protocols.
• Security-Enhanced Protocols.
• IPSec.
• SOCKS Gateway.
• Network Address Translation (NAT), Virtual Private Network (VPN).
• Layer 2 Tunnelling Protocol (L2TP).
• Point-to-Point Tunnelling Protocol (PPTP).
• Secure Socket, Secure Shell (SSH-2).
Network Components.
Network Topologies:
• Wireless Security WPA versus WEP.
• Inherent Weakness in Wireless (RF) Technology.
• Carrier Sense Multiple Access, Collision Detection (CSMA/CD).
• Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS).
VOICE Communication:
• Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).
• Peer to Peer (P2P), Instant Messaging (IM).
Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN):
• Basic and primary Rate Interface.
• Narrowband and Broadband ISDN.
ISDN Network Components:
• Digital Subscriber Line (DSL).
• Interfaces: X.21, V.35, Frame relay.
• Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM).
Network Attacks:
• Defence In Depth (external perimeter).
• Layer Defence (internal IT asset).
• SIEM is Security Information and Event Management (SEIM).
Review and questions.

Domain 3: Information Security Governance & Risk Management
Information Security Management.
Security Governance Organisations:
• National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
• IT Governance Institute (ITGI).
• IT Governance Institute (ITGI) and Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
• Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT).
• COBIT – 5 Guiding principles.
• COBIT – 7 categories of enablers.
• Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of Treadway Commission (COSO).
• COSO Principles.
• Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).
• ISO 27001: 2005.
• ISO 27001: 2013.
Security Roles and Responsibilities:
• Due Care, Due Diligence and The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX).
Developing and Implementing a Security Policy:
• Types of Security Policies.
• Operationally Critical Threat, Asset, and Vulnerability Evaluation (OCTAVE).
• Security Officers Management and Analysis Project (SOMAP).
Value at Risk (VAR):
• Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE).
Threats and Threat Categories:
• Risk Management Process.
• Risk Management Steps.
• Risk Assessment.
• Risk Evaluation – EF, SLE, ARO and ALE Definitions.
• Risk Assessment Analysis.
• Risk Likelihood Descriptors.
• Risk Avoidance, Transfer or Mitigation.
• Risk Acceptance or Assignment.
Intangible Asset Evaluation:
• Trademarks.
• Patents.
• Copyright.
• Business Processes.
• Brand recognition.
• Intellectual property.
Personnel Security Controls.
Review and questions.

Domain 4: Software Development Security
Security in the development Life cycle:
• Development Life cycle.
• Functional requirements. 
• Design Specifications.
• Development and Implementation.
• Controls.
Security and Software Development Life Cycle Concepts:
• Software Engineering.
• Software Issues.
• Security Software Life Cycle Issues.
SDLC Requirements Phase:
• SDLC Design Phase.
• Testing Phase.
• Deployment Phase.
• Maintenance.
• Sources of Risk in an Integration System.
Security Controls in SDLC Environments:
• Waterfall Model.
• Spiral Model.
• Agile Models.
• Clean room/ Clean environment approach.
Threat Modelling Steps:
• Threat Trees.
Secure Coding Standards:
• Secure Coding Practices.
• Open and Closed Source Programs.
Software Maintenance Phase and Change Control Process:
• Configuration Management.
• Software Capability Maturity Model (CMM).
• Change Management and Issues.
• Configuration Management.
• System Build.
Bluetooth devices:
• Bluetooth Architecture and Risks.
Prototype Modelling:
• Rapid Application development.
• Joint Application Development.
Object Oriented Organisations:
• Object Oriented Systems.
• Artificial Intelligence.
Software Security:
• Sandbox.
• Java Security.
• BYOD Security.
• Covert Channels.
Database Vulnerabilities.
Summary and Questions.

Domain 5: Chryptography
Cryptography - Definitions and Concepts:
• Cryptosystems Security Services.
• Keys (Master Key, Shared Key, Secret Key).
Types of Ciphers:
• Substitution Ciphers.
• Transposition Ciphers.
• Key Derivation Functions.
• One-Time Pad.
• Steganography.
Symmetric vs. Asymmetric Algorithms:
• Symmetric and Asymmetric Cryptography.
• Asymmetric algorithms.
Block and Stream Ciphers and DES:
• Block Ciphers.
• Cipher Block Chaining.
• Stream Ciphers.
• Cipher Feedback (CFB) Mode.
• OUTPUT Feedback (CFB) Mode.
Hybrid Cryptography Using Symmetric & Asymmetric Systems:
• Algorithmic Systems.
• Triple-DES (TDEA—Triple Data Encryption Algorithm).
• Electronic Code Book (ECB) Mode ECB.
• Advanced Encryption Standard.
• International Data Encryption Algorithm (IDEA).
• RSA, RC4, RC5, RC6 variants.
• Public Key Cryptography v Public Key Infrastructures.
• Diffie–Hellman and D-H key exchange mechanism.
• El Gamal and Elliptic Curve Cryptosystems.
• Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC) & Message authentication code (MAC).
• Public Key Infrastructure.
• Key Management Rules.
Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension (MIME):
• Passive attack, Active attack.
• Ciphertext-only attack, Chosen-ciphertext attack.
• Known-plaintext attack, Chosen-plaintext attack.
• Replay attack.
• Side-channel attack.
• Algebraic attack, Analytic attack, Statistical attack.
• Meet-in-the-middle attack.
• Differential cryptanalysis, Linear cryptanalysis.
Review and Questions.

Domain 6: Security Architecture And Design
Enterprise Security Architecture:
• Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture.
• Zachman Framework Model.
• SABSA Framework.
• SABSA Security Framework Model.
• Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).
• ITIL – Processes.
• Common Security Service Processes.
Enterprise Security Architecture:
• Computer Architecture.
• Computer Memory.
• Random Access Memory, Read Only Memory.
• Virtual memory, Swap file and Page faults.
• Memory Leaks, Memory Leaks Guarding.
• Memory Address Modes.
• Operating Systems Modes.
• Mobile Operating System.
• Thread Management.
• Input/Output Device Management.
• Application Programming Interface (API).
Types of Security Models:
• State Machine Model.
• Multilevel lattice model.
• Non interference model.
• Matrix based Models.
• Information flow models.
• Bell-LaPadula Confidentiality Model.
• Strong star model.
• Biba integrity model.
• Clark-Wilson Model.
• Lipner Model.
• Harrison - Ruzzo - Ullman Model.
• Brewner-Nash Model.
• Graham –Denning Model.
• Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria (TCSEC).
• TCSEC Evaluation Levels.
• Information Technology Security Evaluation Criteria (ITSEC).
• Target of Evaluation (TOE) CRITERIA.
• ITSEC ratings.
• Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation.
• Common Criteria model - Product EAL Rating.
Industry and International Security Implementation Guidelines:
• ISO 27002 – Code of Practice and Sections.
• Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS).
• Software and System Vulnerabilities and Threats.
Summary, Review and Questions.

Domain 7: Security Operations
Security Operations:
• Definition.
• Controls.
• C. I. A.
• Vulnerabilities, Threats and Assets.
Threat Modes:
• Covert channel.
• Lack of parameter checking.
• Maintenance hook.
• Time of Check to Time of Use (TOC/TOU) attack.
Threat Management:
• Need to Know.
• Least Privilege.
• Separation of Duties.
• Job Rotation.
• Monitoring.
Maintaining Operational Resilience:
• Scanning profiles.
• Vulnerability Scanning.
• Vulnerability Scanning (Results).
• Reporting.
• Patch Management and Remediation.
• Network and Software Auditing.
Due Care, Due Diligence and Duty:
• Records Management Controls.
• Information classification.
• Audit management.
• Security issues & audit logs.
• Retention and control of information media.
• Media Marking.
• Handling and Storage.
System Resilience and Fault Tolerance:
• Trusted Path and Fail Secure Mechanisms.
• RAID Levels (0 – 6 & , 0+1, 10).
• RAIT and RAIL.
Spares or Standbys:
• Hot Spares.
• Cold Spare.
• Warm Spares.
Backup Modes:
• Data destruction.
Review, Summary and Questions.

Domain 8: Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Planning
Business Continuity Planning (BCP) & Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP):
• BCP Processes and Timeline.
• Four Prime Elements of BCP.
• BCP - Roles and Responsibilities.
Business Impact Assessment:
• Resource Requirements.
• Goals and Objectives BCP and DRP.
• BCP Services provision.
• BCP Standby Sites.
Resource Management – Fault Tolerance & Redundancy:
• BCP – Awareness Campaign.
• Software Escrow.
Five Point Disaster Recovery Plan:
• Checklist.
• Structured Walk-Through Test.
• Simulation Test.
• Parallel Test.
• Full – interruption Test.
Business Disruption Classification:
• Recovery Objectives.
• Recovery Time Objective (RTO).
• RPO – Recovery Point Objective.
• Recovery Time Term.
Review, Summary and Questions.

Domain 9: Legal, Regulation, Investigation & Compliance
Law, Investigation and Ethics.
Types of Laws:
• Comparison: Common Law versus Civil Law Systems.
• Legal Systems of the World.
• Intellectual Property And Privacy Laws.
• Information Privacy Laws.
Types Of Computer Crimes:
• Import/Export Trans-border Data flow and Privacy.
Professional Ethics:
• HIPPA - US Privacy.
• Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
• Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Declaration of Integrity:
• (ICS)2 - CISSP Code of Ethics Canons & Objectives for Guidance.
Incident Management.
Incident Response Procedures:
• Supporting Investigations.
• Digital Forensic Science.
• Forensic Preservation and Extraction.
• Analysis and Factual Reporting.
Cybercrime in the Public and Private Sectors.
Review, Summary and Questions.

Domain 10: Physical Security
Physical Controls.
Environemental Influences.
Target Identification.
Threat Matrix:
• Threat Probability Ranking.
• Crime Prevention through Environmental Design.
Choice of Secure Site:
• Designing a Secure Site.
• Emergency Procedures.
Types of Security related Glass:
• Fire retardant equipment.
• Operational Perimeter Security (Defence in Depth).
Physical Access Control:
• Physical Intrusion Detection Systems.
• Physical and Biometric Access Control Systems.
Audit Trails.
Evidence Gathering:
• IT Forensic Investigators.
• Forensic Science.
• Forensics Field Kit.
• Documentation.
• Evidence: Mechanical tools.
• Evidence: Packaging and Transportation.
• Evidence Relevance.
• Evidences Strength.
Review, Summary and questions.

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