Securing Individual Systems


  • System Resiliency Video — 00:11:22
    • In this episode, Mike shares how resiliency is integrated into security plans, and how to deal with scaling, elasticity, and other system design considerations to ensure availability of systems.

  • Data Destruction Video — 00:04:57
    • In this episode, Mike discusses data destruction and media sanitization, and what these methods do to the media.

  • Host Threats Video — 00:09:06
    • In this episode, Mike looks at some of the things that threaten computers and users.

  • IDS and IPS Video — 00:04:34
    • In this episode, Mike addresses the difference between detecting network intruders and preventing intrusions.

  • Malware Video — 00:10:16
    • In this episode, Mike talks about types of malware and what they do.

  • Secure OS Types Video — 00:07:48
    • In this episode, Mike discusses the OS types, characteristics, and usages.

  • Disk Encryption Video — 00:06:47
    • In this episode, Mike looks at the impact, benefits, and downsides of encrypting stored data.

  • Host Hardening Video — 00:16:22
    • In this episode, Mike talks about techniques to protect a host computer from threats.

  • Physical Hardening Video — 00:07:31
    • In this episode, Mike explores how to protect a system and the components used with various controls and policies.

  • RAID Video — 00:11:24
    • In this episode, Mike explores using multiple disks to improve reliability and performance.

  • Man-in-the-Middle Video — 00:22:12
    • In this episode, Mike shows attacks where bad actors function between encrypting hosts.

  • Automation Strategies Video — 00:05:02
    • In this episode, Mike examines some of the automation strategies used and their best practices.

  • Denial of Service Video — 00:08:38
    • In this episode, Mike discusses attacks that prevent servers from providing their essential services.

  • Analyzing Output Video — 00:14:59
    • In this episode, Mike explores how to review utility outputs to discern the validity and make an action plan.

  • Securing Peripherals Video — 00:11:08
    • In this episode, Mike discusses how to work with different types of connections for peripheral and security considerations.

  • Hardware/Firmware Security Video — 00:09:16
    • In this episode, Mike discusses methods that can be used to protect hardware-based authentication, disks, and firmware.

  • Data and System Security Video — 00:04:27
    • In this episode, Mike explains how to ensure that stored data is safe from physical loss.

  • RFI, EMI, and ESD Video — 00:03:17
    • In this episode, Mike discusses the interference that can affect the functionality of equipment.

  • NAS and SAN Video — 00:15:57
    • In this episode, Mike discusses secure methods to save and access data on a network device.


Course description

This course explains the core hardware, firmware and operating security concepts. It introduces different types of operating systems and basic hardening techniques.

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