Aspire Journeys

Security Analyst to Security Architect

  • 44 Courses | 41h 49m 31s
  • 4 Labs | 32h
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With new security threats appearing daily, security is a very important part of any organizations. In this journey, you will explore different security roles that play a big role in keeping organizations secure. 

Track 1: Security Analyst

In this Skillsoft Aspire track of the Security Architect journey, the focus will be on cybersecurity fundamentals, system security, and information security.

  • 14 Courses | 14h 15m 23s
  • 1 Lab | 8h

Track 2: Forensics Analyst

In this Skillsoft Aspire track of the Security Architect journey, the focus will be on end-user awareness, anomaly detection, digital forensics, digital ethics & privacy, risk analysis, software assessment & audits, and cryptography.

  • 13 Courses | 12h 34m 30s
  • 1 Lab | 8h

Track 3: Vulnerability Analyst

In this Skillsoft Aspire track of the Security Architect journey, the focus will be on vulnerability management, IDS/IPS, authentication, secure coding, tracking incidents, developing security topologies, and security architectures.

  • 9 Courses | 8h 11m 37s
  • 1 Lab | 8h

Track 4: Security Architect

In this Skillsoft Aspire track of the Security Architect journey, the focus will be on rules of engagement, ethical hacking, intelligent security orchestration, regulatory mandates, breach notification process, triage automation, and unified security playbook.

  • 8 Courses | 6h 48m 1s
  • 1 Lab | 8h


Session & Risk Management
A structured approach to security allows for the efficient management of security controls. In this 13-video course, you will explore assets, threats, vulnerabilities, risk management, user security and session management, data confidentiality, and encryption. Key concepts covered in this course include how to identify, assess, and prioritize risks; how to implement security controls to mitigate risk; and learning about account management actions that secure the environment. Next, learn how to use Group Policy to implement user account hardening and configure the appropriate password security settings for those accounts in accordance with organizational security policies; learn how HTTP session management can affect security; and observe how to harden web browsers and servers to use TLS (transport layer security). Then learn how centralized mobile device control can secure the environment; learn encryption techniques used to protect data; and observe how to configure a virtual private network (VPN) to protect data in motion. Finally, learn how to configure and implement file encryption to protect data at rest; and how to configure encryption and session management settings.
13 videos | 1h
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Auditing & Incident Response
This 12-video course explores selective auditing, which provides valuable insights to activity on a network, and incident response plans, which are proactive measures used to deal with negative events. Key concepts covered here include best practices related to IT security auditing and their benefits, including assurance that IT systems, business processes, and data are protected properly and that privileges are not being abused; and how to use Group Policy to enable file system auditing. Continue by observing how to scan hosts for security weaknesses from Windows and how to scan hosts for security weaknesses from Linux; and learning the importance of securing mobile devices. Next, you will learn how to centrally apply security settings to mobile devices; how to configure Amazon Web Services to use multifactor authentication; and examine how security is applied to applications from design to use. Learn how to use file hashing to detect modifications; how to specify actions used when dealing with security incidents; and learn to view a packet capture to identify suspicious activity centrally apply security settings.
13 videos | 1h
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An Executive's Guide to Security: Understanding Security Threats
Companies that do not understand threats facing their information are at risk of costly data breaches. In this 13-video course, learners can explore common security threats, types of network attacks, and the human element of security threats. Key concepts covered here include what an attack surface is, and how it must be understood to protect corporate information; and what network hardening is and how it relates to protection of corporate information. Next, learners will examine network demilitarized zones and how they protect corporate information; observe differences between threats, vulnerabilities, and risks in corporate environments; and study top kinds of security threats facing organizations today. Continue by learning the role that physical security plays in protecting corporate data; how social engineering is conducted and how it is mitigated through corporate policy; and the importance of corporate security policies, and why they should be strictly adhered to. Finally, explore the importance of password policies and why they should be adhered to; and learn reasons why IT administrators need to protect an organization by refusing to bend rules.
13 videos | 50m
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An Executive's Guide to Security: Protecting Your Information
This 13-video course explores data protection for businesses, including devices, social media, and good governance through security principles, policies, and programs. You will examine several types of security threats, the different types of network attacks, the role physical security plays in the protection of corporate data, and the human element of security threats. Next, learners examine the attack surface, including the total combined nodes, users, devices, and any entry points of software, a network, and a business environment. You will examine threats, vulnerabilities, and risks, and learn the importance of network hardening. This course uses real-world examples of several top security threats to businesses today, including malware, social engineering, unpatched software, BYOD (bring your own device), and IoT (Internet of things). You will examine clickjacking and URL spoofing. Finally, this course discusses the legal and financial ramifications of a major security breach, the importance of having a security policy, training personnel, password protection, and managing a company's security.
13 videos | 51m
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Information Security: APT Defenses
In this 13-video course, discover key Advanced Persistent Threat (APT), concepts such as defense and best practices. Explore common APT attacks and mitigation techniques that can be used, APT tools, and how to create effective APT checklists. You will begin with an introduction to APT and its purpose, then look at the steps of the APT lifecycle. Learners will examine motives behind an APT and probable targets, and learn to identify APT defense best practices. Next, you will explore methods that can be used to strengthen APT defenses, and then recall the method(s) to deal with APTs. You will then take a look at the Equation aka APT group and its involvement in various cyber crimes. Another tutorial examines the key tools that are used when conducting an APT. Define risk assessment processes that can help you protect your assets. In the final tutorial in this course, you will be asked to identify key points for creating an effective checklist to address APT attacks.
13 videos | 1h
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Information Security: NACs & Gateways
Learners will discover key features of network access control (NAC), the importance of NAC in a network, various NAC elements, authentication, and its implementation, in this 12-video course. Explore the risks and challenges associated with BYOD—which means "bring your own device"—and IoT, which is Internet of Things. You will begin the course by examining the security risks introduced by BYOD and IoT, along with their preventive measures. You will then explore the major challenges with BYOD in an organization. The next tutorial defines NAC and the importance it has in a network. This leads into examining the NAC architecture; the different features of NAC; and the impact of an improperly configured NAC. You will learn about the various NAC elements; recall the best practices of implementing NAC, and identify the key points for creating an effective checklist for NAC security. In the final tutorial, learners will be asked to list the NAC authentication methods.
12 videos | 42m
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Information Security: Subnetting & DNS for Security Architects
In this 11-video course, learners will discover key concepts related to subnetting, virtual machines (VMs), container, and DNS (domain name system) security. Examine tips and tricks used in subnetting and subnetting advantages. Explore classless inter-domain routing (CIDR), notation, deployment and security considerations for VMs and containers, and types of DNS attacks and mitigation strategies. You will begin the course by taking a look at the importance of subnetting, how it relates to security, and its advantages and disadvantages. Then move on to defining the CIDR notation. You will examine the subnetting cheat sheet, and learn various subnetting tips and tricks; compare VMs and containers, and examine the deployment considerations for VMs and containers. Next, learners will observe the best practices for deploying VMs, and the best practices for VM and container security. In the final two tutorials of this course, you will discover the various types of DNS attacks and their mitigations, and the various types of subnetting attacks and mitigations.
11 videos | 1h
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Information Security: Securing Networking Protocols
Learners can explore the key concept of the common protocols in use, and discover the security issues of the transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP) model and security protocols, in this 10-video course. You will begin by taking a look at the common protocols used in a network, the ports they use, and the type they are and what they do. Next, you will examine some of the security issues of the TCP/IP model at the layer level, of which it has four: application, transport, Internet, and data link. You will also explore the threats, vulnerabilities, and mitigation techniques in network security; identify the types of weak protocols and their replacements; and classify the various types of security protocols. Then learners will continue by examining various ways to use security protocols in different situations; the importance of implementing security protocols. In the final tutorial, learners will explore the security-first mindset and its necessity.
10 videos | 1h
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