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CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Crash Course

Ace the Security+ SY0-501 Exam!

David Prowse

Ace the CompTIA Security+ exam! The CompTIA Security+ certification has just been updated! Security+ is one of the most popular security certifications in the IT industry and is usually the first that IT professionals attempt. It is a three-year renewable certification that is required by the DoD and other government agencies, not to mention many corporations. The Security+ exam shows employers that a person has developed a foundation of the necessary skills needed to secure applications, computers and networks in the workplace.

This live training course will cover the newly updated SYO-501 exam. It is designed to give you the information you need to pass the exam and start your successful career as a security professional.

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • Explore security threats, attacks and vulnerabilities, and how to defend against and prevent these from occurring.
  • Understand how security technologies and tools function. For example, firewalls, proxies, NAC, NIDS/NIPS, DLP, protocol analyzers, network scanners, and much more.
  • Learn about security architecture and design including concepts such as defense-in-depth, benchmarking, industry-standard frameworks, secure network design, and secure systems design.
  • Compare and contrast various identity and access management technologies such as single sign-on and federation, and LDAP, Kerberos, MS-CHAP, NTLM, plus access control models such as MAC, DAC, ABAC, and RBAC.
  • Examine risk management as it applies to security and technology. Summarize incident response and computer forensics.
  • Discover cryptography and public key infrastructure (PKI).
  • Explore exam-taking tips and techniques.

This training course is for you because...

  • You are studying for and need to pass the Security+ exam
  • Your company or organization requires a CompTIA Security+ certification
  • You desire to increase your security awareness as it applies to tools, technologies, and secure design.
  • You wish to bolster your resume with the addition of the highly-sought after Security+ certification


Recommended preparation:

  • CompTIA does not require any pre-requisites but they recommend a minimum of two years’ experience in IT administration with a focus on security.
  • Highly recommended: Basic knowledge of computers and computer networking.

Suggested links:

Firewall Basics (video)

IPv4 Basics (video)

Ports & Protocols (video)

Malware Basics (video)

Windows Permissions (video)

Password Best Practices (video)

SOHO Security (video)

Tools used to Solve Security Problems (videos)

About your instructor

  • David L. Prowse is an author, technologist, and technical trainer. He has penned a dozen books for Pearson Education, including the well-received CompTIA A+ Exam Cram and CompTIA Security+ Cert Guide. He also develops video content, including the CompTIA A+ LiveLessons video course. Over the past two decades he has taught CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ certification courses, both in the classroom and via the Internet. David has 20 years of experience in the IT field, and loves to share that experience with his readers, watchers, and students.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Day 1

Segment 1: Computer Systems Security (1 hour)

  • Course Introduction
  • 3 question quiz/poll
  • Brief introduction to security.
  • Computer Systems Security
  • Malicious software types,
  • Delivery mechanisms
  • How to prevent and troubleshoot malware
  • Implementing security applications
  • Securing computer hardware and peripherals
  • Securing mobile devices
  • Attendees will follow along with hands-on exercises.

10 Minute Break

Segment 2: OS Hardening, Virtualization, and Application Security ( 1 hour)

  • How to harden operating systems
  • Virtualization technology
  • Securing the browser
  • Secure programming
  • Attendees will follow along with hands-on exercises.

10 Minute Break

Segment 3: Network Security (1 hour)

  • Network design elements
  • Networking protocols and threats
  • Network perimeter security
  • Securing network media and devices
  • Attendees will follow along with hands-on exercises.

10 Minute Break

Segment 4: Physical Security, Authentication, and Access Control (1 hour)

  • Introduction to physical security
  • Authentication models
  • Access control models
  • Rights, permissions, and policies
  • Attendees will follow along with hands-on exercises.

Day 2

Segment 1: Vulnerability/Risk Assessment, Monitoring, and Auditing (1 hour)

  • Conducting Risk Assessments
  • Assessing Vulnerability with Security Tools
  • Monitoring methodologies
  • Using tools to monitor systems and networks
  • Conducting audits
  • Attendees will follow along with hands-on exercises.

10 Minute Break

Segment 2: Encryption and PKI (1 hour)

  • Cryptography concepts
  • Encryption algorithms
  • Hashing basics
  • Public key infrastructure
  • Security Protocols
  • Attendees will follow along with hands-on exercises.

10 Minute Break

Segment 3: Redundancy, Disaster Recovery, and People! (1 hour)

  • Redundancy planning
  • Disaster recovery planning and procedures
  • Social engineering methods and prevention
  • User education
  • Facilities security
  • Attendees will follow along with hands-on exercises.

10 Minute Break

Segment 4: Policies and Procedures and Exam Preparation (1 hour)

  • Legislative and organizational policies
  • Incident response procedures
  • IT security frameworks
  • Exam taking tips and tricks
  • Sample questions
  • Q & A