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Want to dip your toe into Security ?

Discussion in 'Security Exams' started by UKDarkstar, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. UKDarkstar
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    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

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    I've recently found on the MS e-learning site that there are some security study courses which are FREE.

    For example :

    Title: Clinic 2801: Microsoft® Security Guidance Training I
    Course Type: Self-paced Course
    Available Offline: Yes
    Estimated Time of Completion: 6 Hours
    Language: English



    Description:
    This online clinic provides students with introductory knowledge and skills essential for the design and implementation of a secure computing environment. It also provides students with prescriptive guidance on security update management and best practices for implementing security on Microsoft Windows® server and client computers.
    Audience:IT Pro


    Objectives:
    At the end of the course, students will be able to:
    Establish the business case for security.
    Apply the Security Risk Management Discipline (SRMD).
    Use multiple layers of defense to minimize the possibility of successful attacks against an organization.
    Respond effectively to security incidents.
    Describe specific attack scenarios and implement measures to combat them.
    Implement best practices for maximizing the security of a networked environment.
    Use patch management tools and processes to implement. a patch management in their organizations.
    Understand the basic server security principles.
    Use active directory objects to manage server security.
    Apply the Windows 2003 Security Guide templates for server hardening.
    Manage domain controller policy settings.
    Harden infrastructure servers by using service startup settings.
    Understand the requirements for securing client computers in different server environments.
    Implement best practices for clients in high-security environments.
    Increase security for stand-alone clients.
    Use Software Restriction Policies to manage application security for computers in an organization.

    or number 5 covers :

    Title: Clinic 2808: Microsoft® Security Guidance Training V
    Course Type: Self-paced Course
    Available Offline: Yes
    Estimated Time of Completion: 6 Hours
    Language: English



    Description:
    This clinic builds on existing knowledge of server and client security and provides students with the knowledge and skills to apply best practices to securing Microsoft® Exchange Server clients, protecting e-mail and data content, securing services and critical accounts, and securing administrative accounts and remote access using smart cards.


    Objectives:
    At the end of the course, students will be able to:
    Implement practices to help ensure secure communication between Exchange Server and internal and remote access clients.
    Implement a Rights Management Services (RMS) infrastructure to help protect the confidentiality of documents stored and shared throughout a networking environment.
    Implement best practices to run services securely by determining current service-security status, and then implementing least privilege for service deployment.
    Implement a multifactor authentication strategy using smart card technology to help secure administrative accounts and remote access.



    Now admitedly you only tend to get a certificate of completion at the end of these but :

    1) good for background for all of us

    2) ideal for having a look at security implications

    3) can act as a "taster" to see if you want to specialise in that area

    So if you're interested why not head over to https://www.microsoftelearning.com and have a look for yourself !

    :biggrin
     
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  2. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    Hmm interesting... will give it a read. :)
     
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  3. UKDarkstar
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    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

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    I actually got stuck into the first course today for about an hour or so and have to say it's very good.

    If I do have a criticism it's that whilst you can print out page transcripts, it doesn't print the diagrams to go with them so you need to go back and review and add the diagrams to the transcript plus any notes of your own.

    Other than that, excellent ! (especially as it's FREE !)
     
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  4. slimshaney

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    Thanks ukdarkstar gonna start on this tommorow. :D
     
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  5. delorean

    delorean Megabyte Poster

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    You could still bung these free courses on your CV though right?

    I noticed these freebie courses yesterday and as security is the field I wish to specialize in, I quite fancy having a Bruce Grobbelar at these free ones, if only to chuck them on the old Curry Vittle while I study towards my MCSA (and ultimately MCSE).
     
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  6. UKDarkstar
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    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

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    I don't see why you wouldn't put them on your CV. Most of the courses print off a certificate of completion at the end and there are tester questions for each section. Not quite the same as a "recognised" cert I'll grant you but it all builds up a picture towards and IT "professional"
     
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  7. flounder10

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    Good advise as always DS :)

    I will have to have a potter around the site tonight and have a play :) thanks
     
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  8. delorean

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    Groovy beans. :ymca
     
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  9. demarrer

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    Hi Guys,

    Just checked the Microsoft learning out and there are a few follow on courses from the one that Darkstar talks about. Clinic 2802: Microsoft® Security Guidance Training II - there is also number 4 available for free too.

    Introduction

    This online clinic builds on existing knowledge of server and client security and provides students with the knowledge and skills to apply best practices to implement perimeter and network defenses and enhance security for applications and Microsoft® Windows Server System™ components. It also provides students with prescriptive guidance to enhance security for Microsoft Windows® server and client computers and practical strategies for implementing security for wireless networks.

    Objectives

    At the end of the course, students will be able to:
    Explain why defenses should be layered for increased security.
    Understand how to implement perimeter defenses.
    Use Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server to protect the network perimeter.
    Implement client defenses using Windows Firewall.
    Protect Exchange Server, SQL Server, and Small Business Server.
    Describe measures to help keep data secure and private.
    Identify important tasks to improve your organization's security.
    Understand the importance of client and server security.
    Describe advanced measures for implementing server security.
    Describe advanced measures for implementing client security.
    Identify methods to increase security for Windows operating systems.
    List methods available for increasing security for Internet Information Services (IIS).
    List methods available for providing mobile client security.
    Describe the options available for implementing security on wireless networks.
    Implement wireless network security using PEAP and password solutions.
    Troubleshoot wireless security network problems.

    Happy Learning...

    :)
     
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