CompTIA Security+ SYO-401 Exam Cram

CompTIA Security+ SYO-401 Exam Cram

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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: 9780133836448
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 02/07/2015
Series: Exam Cram
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 592
File size: 3 MB

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

    NIDS and NIPS

    Protocol Analyzers

    Spam Filter

    UTM Security Appliances

    Web Application Firewall Versus Network Firewall

    Application-Aware Devices

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

Explain Network Design Elements and Components





    Remote Access




    Cloud Computing

    Layered Security/Defense in Depth

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

What Next?

Chapter 2 Network Implementation

Given a Scenario, Implement Common Protocols and Services



    OSI Relevance

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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)

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

Compare and Contrast Physical and Environmental Controls

    Environmental Controls

    Physical Security

    Control Types

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

Summarize Risk Management Best Practices

    Business Continuity Concepts

    Fault Tolerance

    Disaster Recovery Concepts.

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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





    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

What Next?

Part III: Threats and Vulnerabilities

Chapter 5 Attacks

Explain Types of Malware





    Trojan Horses



    Logic Bombs



    Polymorphic Malware

    Armored Virus

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

Summarize Social Engineering Attacks and the Associated Effectiveness with Each Attack

    Social Engineering

    Shoulder Surfing

    Dumpster Diving




    Principles (Reasons for Effectiveness)

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

Explain Types of Wireless Attacks


    Rogue Access Points

    War Driving


    Packet Sniffing

    WEP/WPA Attacks

    WPS Attacks

    Near-Field Communication

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

Explain Types of Application Attacks

    Browser Threats.

    Code Injections

    Directory Traversal

    Header Manipulation


    Buffer Overflows

    Integer Overflows.


    Arbitrary/Remote Code Execution

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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

    Interpret Results of Security Assessment Tools


    Risk Calculation

    Assessment Technique

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

Explain the Proper Use of Penetration Testing Versus Vulnerability Scanning

    Penetration Testing

    Vulnerability Scanning


    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

What Next?

Chapter 8 Host Security

Summarize Mobile Security Concepts and Technologies

    Device Security

    Application Security

    BYOD Concerns

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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


    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answer

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



    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answer

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

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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

    Identification Versus Authentication Versus Authorization



    Authentication Factors



    Transitive Trust/Authentication

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

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

    Cram Quiz

    Cram Quiz Answers

What Next?

Practice Exam 1

Exam Questions

Answers at a Glance

Answers with Explanations


On the CD:

Practice Exam 2



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