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  • Copyright 2018
  • Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • Pages: 600
  • Edition: 5th
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-478370-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-478370-3

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CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Exam Cram, Fifth 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 150 questions. The powerful Pearson Test Prep practice test software 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!

·         Analyze indicators of compromise and determine types of attacks, threats, and risks to systems

·         Minimize the impact associated with types of attacks and vulnerabilities

·         Secure devices, communications, and network infrastructure

·         Effectively manage risks associated with a global business environment

·         Differentiate between control methods used to secure the physical domain

·         Identify solutions for the implementation of secure network architecture

·         Compare techniques for secure application development and deployment

·         Determine relevant identity and access management procedures

·         Implement security policies, plans, and procedures related to organizational security

·         Apply principles of cryptography and effectively deploy related solutions

Sample Content

Table of Contents


Part I: Threats, Attacks, and Vulnerabilities

Chapter 1: Indicators of Compromise and Malware Types




Trojan Horses


Logic Bombs



What Next?

Chapter 2: Attack Types

Social Engineering

    Phishing and Related Attacks



    Dumpster Diving

    Shoulder Surfing


    Watering Hole Attacks

    Principles (Reasons for Effectiveness)

Application/Service Attacks


    Buffer and Integer Overflows

    Zero-Day Attack

    Code Injections

    Hijacking and Related Attacks


    Denial of Service

Cryptographic Attacks

    Brute Force

    Weak Implementations



    Short Range Wireless Communications

What Next?

Chapter 3: Threat Actor Types and Attributes

Threat Actor Attributes

Threat Actor Types

    Script Kiddies



    Organized Crime


    Nation States

Open Source Intelligence

What Next?

Chapter 4: Penetration Testing

Testing Methodology





What Next?

Chapter 5: Vulnerability Scanning

Types of Vulnerability Scans

    Intrusive vs. Non-intrusive

    Credentialed vs. Non-credentialed

What Next?

Chapter 6: Impacts Associated with Vulnerability Types

People and Process

Race Conditions

Resource Exhaustion

Architecture and Design


Cryptographic Management

Embedded Systems

Lack of Vendor Support

Improper Software Handling

Leaks, Overflows, and Code Injection

What Next?

Part I Cram Quiz

Part II: Technology and Tools

Chapter 7: Network Components

Perimeter Security


    VPN Concentrators

    NIDS and NIPS

Internal Security





Boundary Devices


    Load Balancers

    Access Points

Enforcement Tools





Cryptographic Devices

    SSL/TLS Accelerators and Decryptors


What Next?

Chapter 8: Software Tools

Vulnerability Assessment Tools

    Analyzers and Scanners

Detection and Protection Tools


    Exploitation Frameworks

    Password Crackers


    Backup Utilities

    Data Sanitizing Tools

    Command-line Tools

What Next?

Chapter 9: Security Issues

Authentication, Authorization, and Access

    Unencrypted Credentials and Clear Text

    Permission Issues

    Access Violations

    Authentication Issues

    Certificate Issues

Misconfigurations and Deviations


    Content Filter

    Access Points

    Baseline Deviation

    Weak Security Configurations and Data Exfiltration


    Policy Violation

    Insider Threat

    Social Engineering

    Social Media

    Personal Email

Logs and Event Anomalies

Assets and Licensing

    Asset Management

    License Compliance Violation

    Unauthorized Software

What Next?

Chapter 10: Security Technologies

Security Technologies

    Host Technologies

    Enterprise Technologies

What Next?

Chapter 11: Mobile Devices

Communication Methods

Mobile Device Management Concepts

    Device, Application, and Content Management


Enforcement and Monitoring

Deployment Models

    BYOD, CYOD, COPE and Corporate-owned Devices


    Deployment Strategies

What Next?

Chapter 12: Secure Protocols

Secure Protocols

    Securing Web Protocols

    Securing File Transfer Protocols

    Securing Email Protocols

    Securing Internal Protocols

Use Cases

    Secure Web Communication

    Secure File Transfer Communication

    Secure Email Communication

    Secured Internal Communication

What Next?

Part II Cram Quiz

Part III: Architecture and Design

Chapter 13: Use Cases, Frameworks, and Best Practices

Industry-standard Frameworks and Reference Architectures

    Regulatory and Non-regulatory

    National vs. International

    Industry-specific Frameworks

Benchmarks and Secure Configuration Guides

    Platform and Vendor-specific Guides

    General Purpose Guides

Defense in Depth and Layered Security

    Vendor Diversity

    Control Diversity

    User Training

What Next?

Chapter 14: Network Architecture

Zones and Topologies

    DMZ, Intranet, and Extranet

    Wireless, Guest, and Ad Hoc Networks



Segregation, Segmentation, and Isolation


    Logical (VLAN)


VPN Tunneling

Security Device and Technology Placement

    Sensors, Collectors, and Correlation Engines

    Firewalls, Proxies, and Filters

    Accelerators, Concentrators, and Balancers

    Switches, Taps, and Mirroring


What Next?

Chapter 15: Secure Systems Design

Hardware and Firmware Security

    FDE and SED

    TPM and HSM

    BIOS and UEFI

    Secure Boot


    Supply Chain

    Hardware Root of Trust

    EMI and EMP

Operating Systems

    Patch Management

    Disabling Unnecessary Ports and Services

    Least Functionality

    Secure Configurations

    Trusted Operating System

    Application Whitelisting/Blacklisting

    Disable Default Accounts and Passwords


    Wireless Keyboards and Mice


    WiFi-Enabled MicroSD Cards and Digital Cameras

    Printers and MFDs

    External Storage Devices

What Next?

Chapter 16: Secure Staging Deployment



    Development and Test

    Staging and Production

Secure Baseline

Integrity Measurement

What Next?

Chapter 17: Embedded Systems


Smart Devices and IoT

    Wearable Technology

    Home Automation

SoC and RTOS


Printers, MFDs, and Camera Systems

Special-Purpose Devices

    Medical Devices


    Aircraft and UAV

    Protecting Embedded Systems

What Next?

Chapter 18: Secure Application Development and Deployment

Development Life-cycle Models

    Waterfall vs. Agile

Secure DevOps

    Continuous Integration and Security Automation


    Immutable Systems

    Infrastructure As Code

Change Management and Version Control

Provisioning and Deprovisioning

Secure Coding Techniques

    Proper Error Handling

    Proper Input Validation


    Stored Procedures

    Code Signing

    Encryption, Obfuscation, and Camouflage

    Code Reuse and Dead Code

    Use of Third-Party Libraries and SDKs

    Server-side vs. Client-side Execution and Validation

    Memory Management

    Data Exposure

Compiled vs. Runtime Code

Code Quality and Testing

    Static Code Analyzers

    Dynamic Analysis

    Stress Testing


    Model Verification

What Next?

Chapter 19: Cloud and Virtualization

Virtualization Concepts



    VM Sprawl Avoidance

    VM Escape Protection

Cloud Concepts

    Cloud Storage

    Cloud Deployment Models

    On-premises vs. Hosted vs. Cloud

    Cloud Access Security Broker

    Security as a Service

What Next?

Chapter 20: Reducing Risk

Automation and Scripting

Templates and Master Images



    Revert to Known State and Rollback to Known Configuration

    Live Boot Media

Scalability and Elasticity

Distributive Allocation

Fault Tolerance and Redundancy

High Availability


What Next?

Chapter 21: Physical Security Controls

Perimeter Security

    Signs, Fencing, and Gates


    Barricades and Bollards


    Security Guards

Internal Security


    Motion and Infrared Detection


    Locks and Lock Types

    Cards, Tokens, and Biometrics

    Key Management


Equipment Security

    Cable Locks

    Cages and Safes

    Locking Cabinets and Enclosures

    Screen Filters

    Air Gap

Environmental Controls

    Protected Cabling, Protected Distribution, and Faraday Cages


    Fire Suppression

    Hot and Cold Aisles

What Next?

Part III Cram Quiz

Part IV: Identity and Access Management

Chapter 22: Identity and Access Management Concepts

Identification, Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)

Multifactor Authentication

Federation, Single Sign-On, and Transitive Trust

    Single Sign-On


    Transitive Trust

What Next?

Chapter 23: Identity and Access Services

Authentication Protocols

Directory Services Protocols

AAA Protocols and Services

Federated Services

What Next?

Chapter 24: Identity and Access Controls

Access Control Models

Physical Access Controls


Certificate-based Authentication

File System Security

Database Security

What Next?

Chapter 25: Account Management Practices

Account Types

General Concepts

Account Policy Enforcement

What Next?

Part IV Cram Quiz

Part V: Risk Management

Chapter 26: Policies, Plans, and Procedures Related to Organizational Security

Human Resource Management Policies

    Background Checks


    Mandatory Vacations

    Separation of Duties

    Job Rotation

    Clean Desk Policies

    Role-Based Awareness and Training

    Continuing Education

    Acceptable Use Policy/Rules of Behavior

    Internet Usage

    Nondisclosure Agreements

    Disciplinary and Adverse Actions

    Exit Interviews

Interoperability Agreements

What Next?

Chapter 27: Business Impact Analysis

Critical Functions

    Identification of Critical Systems

    Single Points of Failure

Recovery Objectives





What Next?

Chapter 28: Risk Management Processes and Concepts

Threat Assessment

Risk Assessment

    Qualitative Versus Quantitative Measures

    Supply Chain Assessment

    Change Management

    Testing Authorization

Risk Register

Risk Response Techniques

What Next?

Chapter 29: Incident Response Procedures

Incident Response Plan

    Documented Incident Type/Category Definitions

    Roles and Responsibilities

    Reporting Requirements and Escalation

    Cyber-incident Response Teams

    Training, Tests, and Exercises

Incident Response Process


    Incident Identification and Analysis

    Containment, Eradication, and Recovery

    Post-Incident Activities

What Next?

Chapter 30: Forensics

Strategic Intelligence/Counterintelligence Gathering

Track Man-hours

Order of Volatility

Chain of Custody

Legal Hold

Data Acquisition

    Capture System Images

    Capture Network Traffic and Logs

    Capture Video

    Record Time Offset

    Take Hashes

    Capture Screenshots

    Collect Witness Interviews

What Next?

Chapter 31: Disaster Recovery and Continuity of Operations

Disaster Recovery

    Recovery Sites


Geographic Considerations

Continuity of Operation Planning

What Next?

Chapter 32: Controls

Nature of Controls

Functional Use of Controls





Compensating Controls

What Next?

Chapter 33: Data Security and Privacy Practices

Data Sensitivity Labeling and Handling

    Privacy Laws and Regulatory Compliance

Data Roles

Data Retention and Disposal



What Next?

Part V Cram Quiz

Part VI: Cryptography and PKI

Chapter 34: Cryptography


    Key Exchange

Symmetric Algorithms

Asymmetric Algorithms

Elliptic Curve and Quantum Cryptography

Session Keys

Nonrepudiation and Digital Signatures


Use of Proven Technologies and Implementation


Use Cases

    Resource Constraints

What Next?

Chapter 35: Cryptography Algorithms

Obfuscation Techniques

Symmetric Algorithms

    Cipher Modes

Asymmetric Algorithms

Hashing Algorithms

Key Derivation Function

What Next?

Chapter 36: Wireless Security Settings

Access Methods

Wireless Cryptographic Protocols

    Wireless Equivalent Privacy

    Wi-Fi Protected Access

    Wi-Fi Protected Access Version 2

Authentication Protocols

What Next?

Chapter 37: Public Key Infrastructure

Certificate Authority (CA)

    Certification Practice Statement

    Trust Models

    Key Escrow

Digital Certificate

    Public and Private Key Usage

    Certificate Signing Request

    Certificate Policy

    Certificate Types

    Certificate Formats

Certificate Revocation

OCSP Stapling


What Next?

Part VI Cram Quiz

Elements Available Online

Glossary of Essential Terms and Components

Cram Quizzes

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