Measure what matters, not what's easy.
Students learn how to measure and visualize security data using the same tools that developers and engineers are using, as well as how to extract, load, and visualize data from cloud services, on-premise systems, and security tools. The course includes PowerShell scripting, automation, time-series databases, dashboard software, and even spreadsheets to present management with the strategic information it needs and to facilitate the work of your operations staff with sound tactical data.
SEC557 uses the ELVis (Extract, Load, and VISualize) technique to help you gather and present useful security and compliance information to your organization. Students will learn how to use PowerShell scripting and automated tools to gather measurements from cloud service providers, operating systems, Active Directory, security tools, web APIs, and datacenter infrastructure. For some data, you'll prepare tactical visualizations on the fly by building spreadsheets, pivot tables, and graphs using scripts. Then import your data into the Graphite time-series database for strategic analysis and reporting. You'll also build Grafana dashboards for use by management, security, compliance, and operations staff.
- Measure and report on compliance across the enterprise
- Visualize data for rapid absorption and decision making
- Supply appropriate data at the tactical and strategic levels
- Turn management requirements into actionable data
- Use the tools you already own to report on compliance
- Turn policies and management requirements into visually presented security metrics
- Reduce the time and effort required to gather and report on security and compliance data
- Measure security and compliance in cloud and traditional infrastructure
- Use PowerShell scripts and command-line tools to extract relevant data from cloud services
- Gather information from web APIs and security tools
- Extract information about virtualization infrastructure
- Query data from fleets of heterogenous systems
- Monitor servers and endpoints for proper configuration
- Work with data formats commonly used by security tools, DevOps pipelines, and cloud services
- Build tactical visual reports for use by operations staff and management
- Manage and load time-series databases for tracking metrics over time
- Build strategic dashboards for security and compliance
"The timing of the industry and the needs / demands are major reasons why one should take this class, as it relates to compliance, cyber audits, and supports senior management initiatives." - Diane D, US Gov
SEC557 focuses very heavily on hands-on activities, with as much as 50% of your day being spent at the keyboard. Students gather compliance data from remote AWS and Azure lab environments and from common on-premise systems, including Windows, Linux and VMWare hosts. Tools used to extract data include PowerShell, Pester, Inspec, SOAP and REST APIs, FleetDM, OSQuery, PowerCLI and Bash commands. Measurement data is loaded into a Graphite time-series database (TSDB), and then visualized in multiple Grafana dashboards. Lab activities for the course include:
- Section 1: PowerShell fundamentals, Working with the .NET framework, Reading and writing JSON, XML, HTML, and CSV data, Using spreadsheets as data sources and as visualization tools, Configuring Graphite and loading data, Adding Grafana data sources and building dashboards
- Section2: Consuming web APIs, Verifying Docker security, Using static analysis tools for security testing, Gathering inventory information using the AWS CLI, Assessing identity and access management (IAM) roles and user settings, Verifying AWS security settings, Validating the security of infrastructure as code deployments
- Section 3: Querying Windows settings, Extracting data from Active Directory, Compliance testing with Pester, VMware infrastructure testing, Querying Linux/Unix, Monitoring patch velocity on Windows and Unix systems
- Section 4: Gathering inventory information using the AWS CLI and PowerShell, Assessing IAM roles and user settings, Verifying logging settings, Checking for proper resource access control, Auditing network security settings, Validating security of infrastructure as code deployments
- Section 5: Azure benchmark compliance, Azure AD measurement, Verifying Docker security, Static analysis tools, Alternative visualization tools: ImportExcel XYZ
"The lab exercises are very beneficial for me to work through/learn new processes to be able to deliver relevant data at work." - Andrea M., Law Enforcement
"Love the labs and hands on experience." - Spencer Tani, BCBSLA
"Enjoyed the ability to interact with different types of data sources." - Joe Cecconie, Costco
"Labs reinforced the learned material, so great content overall." - Dmitry Tochilovsky, NTT Data
- Section 1: All about the modern compliance landscape and the tools to make it easier to navigate
- Section 2: How to gather and visualize the structured data needed for compliance measurements
- Section 3: Measure and visualize compliance of OS and virtualization platforms
- Section 4: Understand cloud compliance issues and report on AWS compliance
- Section 5: Extend your knowledge to Azure and Google Cloud and DevOps technology
ADDITIONAL FREE RESOURCES:
Cheat Sheet: Powershell for Enterprise and Cloud Compliance
3-Part webcast series: PowerShell for Audit, Compliance and Security Automation, and Visualization, Jan 2021
Corresponding 3-part blog series: PowerShell for Audit, Compliance and Security Automation and Visualization, Jan 2021
WHAT YOU WILL RECEIVE:
- Printed and electronic courseware
- Windows 10 Enterprise virtual machine with tools already installed
- Ubuntu server virtual machine with Graphite, Grafana and FleetDM installed
- Target virtual machines for Windows and VMWare measurements
- MP3 audio files of the complete course lecture
- Exercise workbook with over 25 lab exercises
WHAT COMES NEXT:
Depending on your current role or future plans, one of these courses is a great next step after SEC557.
Important! Bring your own system configured according to these instructions!
- CRITICAL NOTE: Apple systems using the M1 processor line cannot perform the necessary virtualization functionality and therefore cannot in any way be used for this course.
- CPU: 64-bit Intel i5/i7 (4th generation+) - x64 bit 2.0+ GHz processor or more recent processor is mandatory for this class (Important - Please Read: a 64-bit system processor is mandatory)
- It is critical that your CPU and operating system support 64-bit so that our 64-bit guest virtual machine will run on your laptop. VMware provides a free tool for Windows that will detect whether or not your host supports 64-bit guest virtual machines. For further troubleshooting, this article also provides good instructions for Windows users to determine more about the CPU and OS capabilities. For Macs, please use this support page from Apple to determine 64-bit capability.
A properly configured system is required to fully participate in this course. These requirements are the mandatory minimums. If you do not carefully read and follow these instructions, you will likely leave the class unsatisfied because you will not be able to participate in hands-on exercises that are essential to this course. We strongly urge you to start the course with a system meeting all the requirements specified for the course.
It is imperative that you back-up your system before class. It is also strongly advised that you do not use a system storing any sensitive data.
System Hardware Requirements
1. CPU: 64-bit Intel i5/i7 2.0+ GHz processor: Your system's processor must be a 64-bit Intel i5 or i7 2.0
- GHz processor or higher. Your CPU and OS must support a 64-bit guest virtual machine.
- VMware provides a free tool for Windows that will detect whether or not your host supports 64-bit guest virtual machines.
- Windows users can use this article to learn more about their CPU and OS capabilities.
- Apple users can use this support page to learn more information about Mac 64-bit capability. Note: Apple systems using the M1 processor cannot perform the necessary virtualization at this time and cannot be used for this course.
2. BIOS: Enabled Intel-VT: Intel's VT (VT-x) hardware virtualization technology should be enabled in your system's BIOS or UEFI settings. You must be able to access your system's BIOS throughout the class. If your BIOS is password-protected, you must have the password.
3. USB: For in-person courses only. USB 3.0 Type-A port: The USB port must not be locked in hardware or software. Some newer laptops may have only the smaller Type-C ports. In this case, you will need to bring a USB Type-C to Type-A adapter.
4. RAM: 16 GB RAM: 16 GB RAM is required for the best experience. To verify on Windows 10, press the Windows key + "I" to open Settings, then click "System", then "About". Your RAM information will be toward the bottom of the page. To verify on a Mac, click the Apple logo at the top left-hand corner of your display and then click "About this Mac".
5. Hard Drive Free Space: 100 GB Free space: 100 GB of FREE space on the hard drive is critical to host the VMs and additional files we distribute. SSD drives are also highly recommended, as they allow virtual machines to run much faster than mechanical hard drives.
6. Operating System: Windows 10 Pro or macOS 10.12+: Your system must be running either Windows 10 Pro or macOS 10.12 or higher. Make sure your operating system is fully updated with the correct drivers and patches prior to arriving in class. Note: Apple systems using the M1 processor cannot perform the necessary virtualization at this time and cannot be used for this course.
Additional Hardware Requirements
The requirements below are in addition to baseline requirements provided above. Prior to the start of class, you must install virtualization software and meet additional hardware and software requirements as described below. If you do not carefully read and follow these instructions, you will leave the class unsatisfied because you will not be able to participate in hands-on exercises that are essential to this course.
Additional Software Requirements
- Microsoft Office: Install Microsoft Office 2013+ with Excel on your host: You can download Office Trial Software free for 30 days.
- Credential Guard: If your host computer is running Windows, Credential Guard may interfere with the ability to run VMs. It is important that you start up VMWare prior to class and confirm that virtual machines can run. It is required that Credential Guard be turned off prior to coming to class.
- System Configuration Settings
- Local Admin: Have an account with local admin privileges. Some of the tools used in the course will require local admin access. This is absolutely required. If your company will not permit this access for the duration of the course, then you should make arrangements to bring a different system.
If you have additional questions about the laptop specifications, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.