• Classroom
  • Online, Instructor-Led
Course Description

This course helps you master specific, proven techniques and tools needed to implement and audit the Critical Security Controls as documented by the Center for Internet Security (CIS). These Critical Security Controls, listed below, are rapidly becoming accepted as the highest priority list of what must be done and proven before anything else at nearly all serious and sensitive organizations. These controls were selected and defined by the US military and other government and private organizations (including NSA, DHS, GAO, and many others) who are the most respected experts on how attacks actually work and what can be done to stop them. They defined these controls as their consensus for the best way to block the known attacks and the best way to help find and mitigate damage from the attacks that get through. For security professionals, the course enables you to see how to put the controls in place in your existing network though effective and widespread use of cost-effective automation. For auditors, CIOs, and risk officers, the course is the best way to understand how you will measure whether the controls are effectively implemented. SEC440 does not contain any labs. If the student is looking for hands on labs involving the Critical Controls, they should take SEC566.

The Critical Security Controls are listed below. You will find the full document describing the Critical Security Controls posted at the Center for Internet Security.

One of the best features of the course is that it uses offense to inform defense. In other words, you will learn about the actual attacks that you'll be stopping or mitigating. That makes the defenses very real, and it makes you a better security professional.

As a student of the Critical Security Controls two-day course, you'll learn important skills that you can take back to your workplace and use your first day back on the job in implementing and auditing each of the following controls: CIS Critical Security Controls

  • CSC 1: Inventory of Authorized and Unauthorized Devices
  • CSC 2: Inventory of Authorized and Unauthorized Software
  • CSC 3: Secure Configurations for Hardware and Software on Mobile Devices, Laptops, Workstations, and Servers
  • CSC 4: Continuous Vulnerability Assessment and Remediation
  • CSC 5: Controlled Use of Administrative Privileges
  • CSC 6: Maintenance, Monitoring, and Analysis of Audit Logs
  • CSC 7: Email and Web Browser Protections
  • CSC 8: Malware Defenses
  • CSC 9: Limitation and Control of Network Ports, Protocols, and Services
  • CSC 10: Data Recovery Capability
  • CSC 11: Secure Configurations for Network Devices such as Firewalls, Routers, and Switches
  • CSC 12: Boundary Defense
  • CSC 13: Data Protection
  • CSC 14: Controlled Access Based on the Need to Know
  • CSC 15: Wireless Access Control
  • CSC 16: Account Monitoring and Control
  • CSC 17: Security Skills Assessment and Appropriate Training to Fill Gaps
  • CSC 18: Application Software Security
  • CSC 19: Incident Response and Management
  • CSC 20: Penetration Tests and Red Team Exercises

Learning Objectives

After attending this hands-on course, individuals will be able to effectively implement and audit the Top 4 mitigation strategies in their own environments to achieve a significant level of security.

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.