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7 hours 50 minutes
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Beginner
CEU/CPE
8
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>> Hi everybody.
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I want to talk to you a little bit about
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the Security plus certification course
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that we offer here at Cybrary.
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This course was developed
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>> by instructor Kelly Handerhan,
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>> and as you can see on the slide,
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she holds a number of certifications,
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including Security plus.
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What we're going to cover
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>> in this video will help you decide whether
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>> the Security plus course is right for you
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>> and how you can benefit from it.
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>> What we're going to talk about first
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is why you should take this course,
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what this course and the certification
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>> can mean to you and your career.
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>> I'll cover the target audience,
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who this course is specifically designed for.
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We'll talk a little bit about the details of the exam
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>> and what to expect for
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>> when you sit for the certification,
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>> the prerequisites for this course,
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a little more information about the instructor,
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and then ultimately what your objectives are
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as far as learning goals for the course itself.
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Why should you take this course?
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>> What's in it for you?
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>> Probably the most important reason is
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>> to help you increase your knowledge
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>> and gain an understanding of information security,
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>> one of the most rapidly growing fields
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in information technology.
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It's hard to keep up with the skills necessary
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>> to combat information security risks today.
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>> This course will absolutely help you with that.
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Secondly, is to learn how to protect company assets in
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>> your organization proactively instead of re-actively.
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>> Many times if we're reacting to
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a compromise, it's already too late.
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Let's focus on pro-activity.
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This course will enhance your career
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and provide for career advancement.
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It's a great certification to get,
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both for those who want to break
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>> into the security industry
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>> and those who want to advance
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>> their information security career,
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>> especially for those in the military
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>> or government or participating on government contracts.
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>> If you're familiar with the DoD directive, 8570,
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or 8140 requirements,
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they call for you to have a certain level of certification
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>> to maintain your status
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>> in a certain position or for advancement.
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>> This is a great certification to get for that.
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Also, it will validate your career skills
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>> for those of you who've been around for a while.
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>> Certainly one of the things
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>> we hope you get out of this course is to get certified.
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>> I do want to stress that no book
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>> or course can guarantee certification,
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>> and you'll need to study on your own.
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This course will help make sure that you understand
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>> all the elements of information security.
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>> Last but not least, once you get the certification,
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it will be a great springboard
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>> for other certifications.
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>> Like I said before,
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>> this is really targeted for career changers,
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>> information security professionals,
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>> and individuals who are looking to increase
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>> their understanding of information security.
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>> Those who are new to the field won't feel overwhelmed
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>> because this course starts with the basics.
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>> Security plus is usually
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>> the first certification folks get
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>> if they are wanting to excel in
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>> the information security field.
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It's a good starting point
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>> and there's good motivation to do so
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>> because salaries for information security professionals
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average around 100,000 per year,
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depending on the location.
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As I said before, this certification
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satisfies the tier two requirements
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of the Department of Defense directives 8570, and 8140.
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You might also consider getting
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the Network plus certification in addition to this one,
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just to make sure you have
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a good understanding of networking.
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The domains we will cover throughout
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the course breakdown as follows.
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The domain we will start out with is
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access control and identity management.
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You can see that 13 percent
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of the exam covers this domain.
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A good portion of the exam is cryptography
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>> but the big sections are threats
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>> and vulnerabilities and network security.
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>> That's what we were doing in this field,
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is protecting our networks from threats.
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Then we'll look at compliance and operational security;
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those day-to-day activities
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>> we do to protect our resources.
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>> Then application, data, and host security.
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This course does not cover
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the domains in exactly the segments,
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rather, it presents the information
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in more of a logical graduation of topics.
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Everything that is on the exam
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will be covered in the course.
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The exam itself is 90 minutes long.
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You want to be cautious with time there because
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>> you may have as many as 90 questions.
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>> You may have slightly fewer,
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but you can have as many as 90.
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Most of the questions will be multiple choice
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but there are also some things like drag and drop
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>> but the performance piece items
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>> can take time to complete.
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>> In this course,
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>> we'll try to help you get ready for those.
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>> The instructor who created
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this course is Kelly Handerhan.
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She's been certified in Security plus
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since the first version of it came out,
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and she has maintained her certification
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by taking the exam year after year.
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She has all the certifications listed here,
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as well as many others.
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She owns her own consulting company
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>> called CyberTrain.IT.
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>> She's excited to have you take this course
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>> and hopes it will help you be successful
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>> with your certification goals.
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>> What are your learning objectives for this course?
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First of all, to understand
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the basics of information security.
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You can come in with a minimal amount of knowledge
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>> because we're going to start with
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>> the basics like confidentiality,
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integrity, and availability.
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We'll look at threats and common attacks.
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We'll get into cryptography,
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but not really deep,
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>> just enough to understand the basics.
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>> We'll talk about networking,
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everything from the basics
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>> to network devices like routers and firewalls.
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>> Then identity and access management,
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how we create user accounts
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>> and how he make sure those users have access
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>> to the resources they need.
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>> Then last but not least,
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we'll focus on availability of resources.
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How do we get redundancy on our network, for example?
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We'll talk about RAID,
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>> which is redundant array of independent disks
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>> for hard drives.
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>> We'll talk about clustering for servers,
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and then for computer systems and processes
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>> we'll talk about our disaster recovery plan,
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>> and for business as a whole,
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the business continuity plan.
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The prerequisites,
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>> for taking this course are as follows.
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>> It's good to have the Network plus certification first,
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but it's also good enough to have
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just a basic understanding of networking.
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Regardless of what your skill of it is,
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you need a willingness to learn and work hard.
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This is a tough test that can be tricky.
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Taking notes, studying and doing labs
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>> will help you get prepared for the exam.
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>> Here's our syllabus for the course.
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We'll cover seven modules,
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starting with risk management,
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threats, attacks and vulnerabilities, cryptography,
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networking basics, network connectivity devices,
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operational security,
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>> and then we wrap things up
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>> with identity and access management.
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>> It's important to get you certified,
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but it's also important that you know what
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you're doing once you are a certified.
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The idea is that when you leave this course,
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you need to be able to think about risks
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>> and then manage them proactively,
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>> plan some proactive steps to mitigate risks.
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Be able to configure some network devices
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like routers through routing tables and firewalls,
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proxy servers, network address translation devices.
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Be able to map out a solution
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for identity and access management,
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whether it's in your internal domain
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or an external environment,
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meaning across the Internet.
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Know what to look for when you monitor
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>> the current and past environment.
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>> Be able to look at an environment and identify
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>> what redundancy needs to be put in place
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>> and then understand the role
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>> and implementation of cryptography
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>> in securing traffic at rest
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>> but specifically network traffic
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and through the use of secure transport protocols.
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You need to have some real-world knowledge
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>> and understanding when you leave this course.
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>> Here's a quick wrap-up.
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We talked about why you should take this course,
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what the target audience is,
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specific details about the Security plus exam,
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prerequisites for the course,
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a little about the instructor,
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and the learning objectives for the course.
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We hope this gave you a little more information
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>> about the Security plus course
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>> and look forward to seeing you in the course.
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