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CompTIA Security+ Review Guide: Exam SY0-401, 3rd Edition

CompTIA Security+ Review Guide: Exam SY0-401, 3rd Edition

James Michael Stewart

ISBN: 978-1-118-90137-3

May 2014

456 pages

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Focused review for the CompTIA Security+ certification exam

The CompTIA Security+ certification offers tremendous opportunities for IT professionals. For those who want to take their careers to the next level, CompTIA Security+ Review Guide: Exam SY0-401 is here to serve as a great resource for certification preparation. This concise, focused guide is easy to use and is organized by each exam objective for quick review and reinforcement of key topics. You'll find information on network security, compliance and operational security, and threats and vulnerabilities. Additionally, this indispensable resource delves into application, data, and host security, access control and identity management, and cryptography. Whether you're looking to achieve Security+ certification or simply get up to speed on key IT security concepts, this review guide brings together lessons on the most essential topics.

In addition to the content in the book, you'll have access to more than 100 practice exam questions, electronic flashcards, and a searchable glossary of key terms.

  • Serves as an essential review guide for Security+ certification exam
  • Split into six sections that cover the most essential topics for professionals interested in Security+ certification and other certifications
  • Features additional resources featured on companion website, including practice exam questions, electronic flashcards, and a glossary of key terms

More than 250,000 IT professionals have earned their Security+ certification since it was founded. Join the thousands who are excelling in their IT careers and get a head start on reviewing for one of the field's most sought after certifications.

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Introduction xxv

Chapter 1 Network Security 1

1.1 Implement security configuration parameters on network devices and other technologies 5

1.2 Given a scenario, use secure network administration principles 22

1.3 Explain network design elements and components 27

1.4 Given a scenario, implement common protocols and services 40

1.5 Given a scenario, troubleshoot security issues related to wireless networking 56

Chapter 2 Compliance and Operational Security 69

2.1 Explain the importance of risk-related concepts 76

2.2 Summarize the security implications of integrating systems and data with third parties 92

2.3 Given a scenario, implement appropriate riskmitigation strategies 96

2.4 Given a scenario, implement basic forensic procedures 101

2.5 Summarize common incident response procedures 106

2.6 Explain the importance of security-related awareness and training 111

2.7 Compare and contrast physical security and environmental controls 123

2.8 Summarize risk-management best practices 135

2.9 Given a scenario, select the appropriate control to meet the goals of security 148

Chapter 3 Threats and Vulnerabilities 155

3.1 Explain types of malware 161

3.2 Summarize various types of attacks 167

3.3 Summarize social engineering attacks and the associated effectiveness with each attack 184

3.4 Explain types of wireless attacks 188

3.5 Explain types of application attacks 194

3.6 Analyze a scenario and select the appropriate type of mitigation and deterrent techniques 201

3.7 Given a scenario, use appropriate tools and techniques to discover security threats and vulnerabilities 211

3.8 Explain the proper use of penetration testing versus vulnerability scanning 217

Chapter 4 Application, Data, and Host Security 225

4.1 Explain the importance of application security controls and techniques 229

4.2 Summarize mobile security concepts and technologies 235

4.3 Given a scenario, select the appropriate solution to establish host security 244

4.4 Implement the appropriate controls to ensure data security 251

4.5 Compare and contrast alternative methods to mitigate security risks in static environments 257

Chapter 5 Access Control and Identity Management 267

5.1 Compare and contrast the function and purpose of authentication services 270

5.2 Given a scenario, select the appropriate authentication, authorization, or access control 275

5.3 Install and configure security controls when performing account management, based on best practices 289

Chapter 6 Cryptography 299

6.1 Given a scenario, utilize general cryptography concepts 302

6.2 Given a scenario, use appropriate cryptographic methods 331

6.3 Given a scenario, use appropriate PKI, certificate management, and associated components 344

Appendix A Answers to Review Questions 359

Chapter 1: Network Security 360

Chapter 2: Compliance and Operational Security 360

Chapter 3: Threats and Vulnerabilities 361

Chapter 4: Application, Data, and Host Security 362

Chapter 5: Access Control and Identity Management 363

Chapter 6: Cryptography 364

Appendix B About the Additional Study Tools 367

Additional Study Tools 368

Sybex Test Engine 368

Electronic Flashcards 368

PDF of Glossary of Terms 368

Adobe Reader 368

System Requirements 369

Using the Study Tools 369

Troubleshooting 369

Customer Care 370

Index 371

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5280Text correction: Error under "Authentication"
The first sentence in the paragraph following the bullet list, "The authentication factor of something you are is also known as a Type 1 factor..." should read:
"The authentication factor of something you know is also known as a Type 1 factor..."

6320Text correction: Error regarding M of N control under "Key Escrow"
In the third sentence of the last paragraph, the "M" and the "N" in parentheses should be reversed. The sentence should read:
"M of N control indicates that there are multiple key-recovery agents (N) and that a specific minimum number of these key-recovery agents (M) must be present..."