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CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 Exam Cram / Edition 4

CompTIA® Security+ Exam Cram, Fourth Edition, is the perfect study guide to help you pass CompTIA’s newly updated version of the Security+ exam. It provides coverage and practice questions for every exam topic. The book contains a set of 200 questions in two full practice exams. The CD-ROM contains the powerful Pearson IT Certification Practice Test engine that provides real-time practice and feedback with all the questions so you can simulate the exam.

Covers the critical information you need to know to score higher on your Security+ exam!

--Categorize types of attacks, threats, and risks to your systems

--Secure devices, communications, and network infrastructure

-- Troubleshoot issues related to networking components

-- Effectively manage risks associated with a global business environment

-- Differentiate between control methods used to secure the physical domain

-- Identify solutions to secure hosts, data, and applications

-- Compare techniques to mitigate risks in static environments

-- Determine relevant access control, authorization, and authentication procedures

-- Select appropriate mitigation techniques in response to attacks and vulnerabilities

-- Apply principles of cryptography and effectively deploy related solutions

--Implement security practices from both a technical and an organizational standpoint

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789753342
Publisher: Pearson IT Certification
Publication date: 03/20/2015
Series: Exam Cram Series
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 348,628
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Diane Barrett is the president of NextGard Technology and a professor for Bloomsburg University. She has done contract forensic and security assessment work for several years and has authored several other security and forensic books. She is a program director for ADFSL’s Conference on Digital Forensics, Security, and Law; the DFCP certification chair for the Digital Forensic Certification Board; and a volunteer for the NIST Cloud Computing Forensic Science Challenges working group. She holds many industry certifications, including CISSP, ISSMP, DFCP, and PCME, along with several from CompTIA, including Security+. Diane’s education includes a Ph.D. in business administration with a specialization in information security and a master of science degree in information technology with a specialization in information security.

Kalani Kirk Hausman is an author, GRC professional, enterprise and security architect, ISO, and consultant with experience that includes mediumto large-scale globally deployed networks in governmental, higher education, healthcare, and corporate settings. Kalani’s professional certifications include the CISSP, CGEIT, CRISC, CISA, CISM, GIAC-GHSC, PMP, ITIL, and CCP. He is active within the InfraGard; Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA); ISSA; and High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA). Kalani is currently employed at Texas A&M University and as an adjunct professor of InfoSec at UMUC and APU/AMU. Kalani can be reached at or followed on Twitter at @kkhausman.

Martin M. Weiss has years of experience in information security, risk management, and compliance. Marty holds a bachelor of science degree in computer studies from the University of Maryland University College and an MBA from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He holds several certifications, including CISSP, CISA, and Security+. Marty has authored and co-authored more than a half dozen books on information technology. Occasionally, he molds minds as an adjunct professor with the University of Maryland University College. A Florida native, he now lives in New England somewhere between Boston and New York City.

Table of Contents


Part I: Network Security

Chapter 1 Secure Network Design

Implement Security Configuration Parameters on Network Devices and Other Technologies




Load Balancers


Web Security Gateways

VPN Concentrators


Protocol Analyzers

Spam Filter

UTM Security Appliances

Web Application Firewall Versus Network Firewall

Application-Aware Devices

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Given a Scenario, Use Secure Network Administration Principles

Rule-Based Management

Firewall Rules

VLAN Management

Secure Router Configuration

Access Control Lists

Port Security


Flood Guards

Loop Protection

Implicit Deny

Network Separation

Log Analysis

Unified Threat Management

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Explain Network Design Elements and Components





Remote Access




Cloud Computing

Layered Security/Defense in Depth

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What Next?

Chapter 2 Network Implementation

Given a Scenario, Implement Common Protocols and Services



OSI Relevance

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Given a Scenario, Troubleshoot Security Issues Related to Wireless Networking







MAC Filter

Disable SSID Broadcast



Antenna Placement

Power-Level Controls

Captive Portals

Antenna Types

Site Surveys

VPN (Over Open Wireless)

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What Next?

Part II: Compliance and Operational Security

Chapter 3 Risk Management

Explain the Importance of Risk-Related Concepts

Control Types

False Positives

False Negatives

Importance of Policies in Reducing Risk

Risk Calculation

Qualitative Versus Quantitative Measures


Threat Vectors

Probability/Threat Likelihood

Risk-Avoidance, Transference, Acceptance, Mitigation, Deterrence

Risks Associated with Cloud Computing and Virtualization

Recovery Time Objective and Recovery Point Objective

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Summarize the Security Implications of Integrating Systems and Data with Third Parties

On-Boarding/Off-Boarding Business Partners

Social Media Networks and/or Applications

Interoperability Agreements

Privacy Considerations

Risk Awareness

Unauthorized Data Sharing

Data Ownership

Data Backups

Follow Security Policy and Procedures

Review Agreement Requirements to Verify Compliance and Performance Standards

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Given a Scenario, Implement Appropriate Risk Mitigation Strategies

Change Management

Incident Management

User Rights and Permissions Reviews

Perform Routine Audits

Enforce Policies and Procedures to Prevent Data Loss or Theft

Enforce Technology Controls

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Given a Scenario, Implement Basic Forensic Procedures

Order of Volatility

Capture System Image

Network Traffic and Logs

Capture Video

Record Time Offset

Take Hashes



Track Man-Hours and Expense

Chain of Custody

Big Data Analysis

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Summarize Common Incident Response Procedures


Incident Identification

Escalation and Notification

Mitigation Steps

Lessons Learned


Recovery/Reconstitution Procedures

First Responder

Incident Isolation

Data Breach

Damage and Loss Control

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What Next?

Chapter 4 Response and Recovery

Explain the Importance of Security-Related Awareness and Training

Security Policy Training and Procedures

Role-Based Training

Personally Identifiable Information

Information Classification


Data Labeling, Handling, and Disposal

Compliance with Laws, Best Practices, and Standards

User Habits

New Threats and New Security Trends/Alerts

Use of Social Networking and Peer-to-Peer Services

Follow Up and Gather Training Metrics to Validate Compliance and Security Posture

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Compare and Contrast Physical and Environmental Controls

Environmental Controls

Physical Security

Control Types

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Summarize Risk Management Best Practices

Business Continuity Concepts

Fault Tolerance

Disaster Recovery Concepts.

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Given a Scenario, Select the Appropriate Control to Meet the Goals of Security





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What Next?

Part III: Threats and Vulnerabilities

Chapter 5 Attacks

Explain Types of Malware





Trojan Horses



Logic Bombs



Polymorphic Malware

Armored Virus

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Summarize Various Types of Attacks


Denial of Service

Distributed DoS


DNS Poisoning

ARP Poisoning



Phishing and Related Attacks

Privilege Escalation

Malicious Insider Threat

Transitive Access and Client-Side Attacks

Password Attacks

Typo Squatting/URL Hijacking

Watering Hole Attack

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Summarize Social Engineering Attacks and the Associated Effectiveness with Each Attack

Social Engineering

Shoulder Surfing

Dumpster Diving




Principles (Reasons for Effectiveness)

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Explain Types of Wireless Attacks


Rogue Access Points

War Driving


Packet Sniffing

WEP/WPA Attacks

WPS Attacks

Near-Field Communication

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Explain Types of Application Attacks

Browser Threats.

Code Injections

Directory Traversal

Header Manipulation


Buffer Overflows

Integer Overflows.


Arbitrary/Remote Code Execution

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What Next?

Chapter 6 Deterrents

Analyze a Scenario and Select the Appropriate Type of Mitigation and Deterrent Techniques

Monitoring System Logs


Network Security

Security Posture


Detection Controls Versus Prevention Controls

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Given a Scenario, Use Appropriate Tools and Techniques to Discover Security Threats and Vulnerabilities

Interpret Results of Security Assessment Tools


Risk Calculation

Assessment Technique

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Explain the Proper Use of Penetration Testing Versus Vulnerability Scanning

Penetration Testing

Vulnerability Scanning


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What Next?

Part IV: Application, Data, and Host Security

Chapter 7 Application Security

Explain the Importance of Application Security Controls and Techniques


Secure Coding Concepts

Cross-Site Scripting Prevention

Cross-Site Request Forgery Prevention

Application Configuration Baseline (Proper Settings)

Application Hardening

Application Patch Management

NoSQL Databases Versus SQL Databases

Server-Side Versus Client-Side Validation

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What Next?

Chapter 8 Host Security

Summarize Mobile Security Concepts and Technologies

Device Security

Application Security

BYOD Concerns

Cram Quiz

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Given a Scenario, Select the Appropriate Solution to Establish Host Security

Operating System Security and Settings

OS Hardening


Patch Management

White Listing Versus Black Listing Applications

Trusted OS

Host-Based Firewalls

Host-Based Intrusion Detection

Hardware Security

Host Software Baselining


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What Next?

Chapter 9 Data Security

Implement the Appropriate Controls to Ensure Data Security

Cloud Storage


Handling Big Data

Data Encryption

Hardware-Based Encryption Devices

Data In-Transit, Data At-Rest, Data In-Use


Data Policies

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Compare and Contrast Alternative Methods to Mitigate Security Risks in Static Environments



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What Next?

Part V: Access Control and Identity Management

Chapter 10 Authentication, Authorization, and Access Control

Compare and Contrast the Function and Purpose of Authentication Services







Secure LDAP

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Given a Scenario, Select the Appropriate Authentication, Authorization, or Access Control

Identification Versus Authentication Versus Authorization



Authentication Factors



Transitive Trust/Authentication

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What Next?

Chapter 11 Account Management

Install and Configure Security Controls When Performing Account Management, Based on Best Practices

Mitigate Issues Associated with Users with Multiple Account/Roles and/or Shared Accounts

Account Policy Enforcement

Group-Based Privileges

User-Assigned Privileges

User Access Reviews

Continuous Monitoring

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What Next?

Part VI: Cryptography

Chapter 12 Cryptography Tools and Techniques

Given a Scenario, Utilize General Cryptography Concepts

Symmetric Versus Asymmetric

Elliptic Curve and Quantum Cryptography

In-Band Versus Out-of-Band Key Exchange

Session Keys

Transport Encryption

Nonrepudiation and Digital Signatures


Key Escrow


Use of Proven Technologies

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Given a Scenario, Use Appropriate Cryptographic Methods

Wireless Encryption Functions

Cryptographic Hash Functions


Symmetric Encryption Algorithms

Asymmetric Encryption Algorithms

One-Time Pads


Use of Algorithms with Transport Encryption

Cipher Suites

Key Stretching

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What Next?

Chapter 13 Public Key Infrastructure

Given a Scenario, Use Appropriate PKI, Certificate Management, and Associated Components

Public Key Infrastructure Standards


Certificate Policies

Public and Private Key Usage


Trust Models

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What Next?

Practice Exam 1

Exam Questions

Answers at a Glance

Answers with Explanations

On the CD:

Practice Exam 2


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