NDG NISGTC Security+

Developed in collaboration with the DOL NISGTC, these labs focus on the principles and best practices in network security. Students gain hands-on practice in the skills needed to secure a network and prepare for industry certification.

Lab List

Lab Title Objective(s)
1 Network Devices and Technologies - Capturing Network Traffic
  • 1.1: Implement security configuration parameters on network devices and other technologies
  • 1.4: Given a scenario, implement common protocols and services
2 Configuring the pfSense Firewall
  • 1.1: Implement security configuration parameters on network devices and other technologies
  • 1.2: Given a scenario, use secure network administration principles
3 Protocols and Default Network Ports - Connecting to a Remote System
  • 1.1: Implement security configuration parameters on network devices and other technologies
  • 1.4: Given a scenario, implement common protocols and services
4 Secure Implementation of Wireless Networking
  • 1.5: Given a scenario, troubleshoot security issues related to wireless networking
  • 2.8: Explain types of wireless attacks
5 Incident Response Procedures<
  • 2.3: Given a scenario, implement appropriate risk mitigation strategies
  • 2.4: Given a scenario, implement basic forensic procedures
6 Secure Network Administration Principles Log Analysis
  • 1.2: Given a scenario, use secure network administration principles
  • 3.2: Summarize various types of attacks
  • 3.6: Analyze a scenario and select the appropriate type of mitigation and deterrent techniques
7 Analyze and Differentiate Types of Attacks and Mitigation Techniques
  • 3.2: Summarize various types of attacks
8 Mitigation and Deterrent Techniques – Password Cracking
  • 3.2: Summarize various types of attacks
  • 3.6: Analyze a scenario and select the appropriate type of mitigation and deterrent techniques
9 Identifying & Analyzing Network/Host Intrusion Detection System (NIDS/HIDS) Alerts
  • 1.1: Implement security configuration parameters on network devices and other technologies
  • 2.1: Explain the importance of risk related concepts
  • 2.5: Summarize common incident response procedures
  • 3.6: Analyze a scenario and select the appropriate type of mitigation and deterrent techniques
  • 3.7: Given a scenario, use appropriate tools and techniques to discover security threats and vulnerabilities
10 Analyze and Differentiate Types of Malware & Application Attacks
  • 3.1: Explain types of malware
  • 3.2: Summarize various types of attacks
  • 3.5: Explain types of application attacks
  • 3.7: Given a scenario, use appropriate tools and techniques to discover security threats and vulnerabilities
11 Discovering Security Threats and Vulnerabilities
  • 3.6: Analyze a scenario and select the appropriate type of mitigation and deterrent techniques
  • 3.7: Given a scenario, use appropriate tools and techniques to discover security threats and vulnerabilities
  • 3.8: Explain the proper use of penetration testing versus vulnerability scanning
12 Importance of Data Security – Securing Data Using Encryption Software
  • 2.9: Given a scenario, select the appropriate control to meet the goals of security
  • 4.4: Implement the appropriate controls to ensure data security
13 Analyzing Types of Web Application Attacks
  • 3.5: Explain types of application attacks
  • 4.1: Explain the importance of application security controls and techniques
14 Authentication, Authorization and Access Control
  • 5.2: Given a scenario, select the appropriate authentication, authorization or access control
  • 5.3: Install and configure security controls when performing account management, based on best practices
15 Implementing Common Protocols and Services for Basic Security Practices
  • 1.1: Implement security configuration parameters on network devices and other technologies
  • 1.4: Given a scenario, implement common protocols and services
  • 6.1: Given a scenario, utilize general cryptography concepts
  • 6.2: Given a scenario, use appropriate cryptographic methods
  • 6.3: Given a scenario, use appropriate PKI, certificate management and associated components
16 General Cryptography Concepts
  • 2.9: Given a scenario, select the appropriate control to meet the goals of security
  • 6.1: Given a scenario, utilize general cryptography concepts
  • 6.2: Given a scenario, use appropriate cryptographic methods
  • 6.3: Given a scenario, use appropriate PKI, certificate management and associated components
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Development was funded by the Department of Labor (DOL) Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant No. TC-22525-11-60-A-48; The National Information Security, Geospatial Technologies Consortium (NISGTC) is an entity of Collin College of Texas, Bellevue College of Washington, Bunker Hill Community College of Massachusetts, Del Mar College of Texas, Moraine Valley Community College of Illinois, Rio Salado College of Arizona, and Salt Lake Community College of Utah.

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