Securing Individual Systems

Gain an entry-level understanding of essential hardware, firmware and operating system security concepts.

19 videos  //  185 minutes of training

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Course description

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

Course syllabus

Denial-of-ServiceDuration: 8:38

In this episode, Mike discusses attacks that prevent servers from providing their essential services.

Host ThreatsDuration: 9:06

In this episode, Mike looks at some of the things that threaten computers and users.

Man-in-the-MiddleDuration: 22:12

In this episode, Mike shows attacks where bad actors function between encrypting hosts.

System ResiliencyDuration: 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.

RAIDDuration: 11:24

In this episode, Mike explores using multiple disks to improve reliability and performance.

NAS and SANDuration: 15:57

In this episode, Mike discusses secure methods to save and access data on a network device.

Physical HardeningDuration: 7:31

In this episode, Mike explores how to protect a system and the components used with various controls and policies.

RFI, EMI and ESDDuration: 3:17

In this episode, Mike discusses the interference that can affect the functionality of equipment.

Host HardeningDuration: 16:22

In this episode, Mike talks about techniques to protect a host computer from threats.

Data and System SecurityDuration: 4:27

In this episode, Mike explains how to ensure that stored data is safe from physical loss.

Disk EncryptionDuration: 6:47

In this episode, Mike looks at the impact, benefits, and downsides of encrypting stored data.

Hardware/Firmware SecurityDuration: 9:16

In this episode, Mike discusses methods that can be used to protect hardware-based authentication, disks, and firmware.

Secure OS TypesDuration: 7:48

In this episode, Mike discusses the OS types, characteristics, and usages.

Securing PeripheralsDuration: 11:08

In this episode, Mike discusses how to work with different types of connections for peripheral and security considerations.

MalwareDuration: 10:11

In this episode, Mike talks about types of malware and what they do.

Analyzing OutputDuration: 14:59

In this episode, Mike explores how to review utility outputs to discern the validity and make an action plan.

IDS and IPSDuration: 4:34

In this episode, Mike addresses the difference between detecting network intruders and preventing intrusions.

Automation StrategiesDuration: 5:02

In this episode, Mike examines some of the automation strategies used and their best practices.

Data DestructionDuration: 4:57

In this episode, Mike discusses data destruction and media sanitization, and what these methods do to the media.

Meet the author

Mike Meyers

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Mike Meyers, affectionately called the "Alpha Geek," is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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