LDR414: SANS Training Program for the CISSP Certification

GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP)
GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP)
  • In Person (6 days)
  • Online
52 CPEs

MGT414 is fully updated for the May 2021 CISSP exam update! MGT414: SANS Training Program for CISSP Certification is an accelerated review course designed to prepare you to pass the exam. The course prepares students to navigate all types of questions included on the new version of the exam.

What You Will Learn

IMPORTANT NOTICE: SANS is in process of changing course prefixes from “MGT” to “LDR”. There is no change in course content or pricing. Course books may reflect the “MGT” prefix even for "LDR" classes of the course during the transition.

Need training for the CISSP® exam?

SANS MGT414: SANS Training Program for CISSP® Certification is an accelerated review course that is specifically designed to prepare students to successfully pass the CISSP® exam.

The course focuses solely on the 8 domains of knowledge, as determined by (ISC)2, that form a critical part of the CISSP® exam. Each domain of knowledge is dissected into its critical components, and those components are then discussed in terms of their relationship with one another and with other areas of information security.

After completing the course students will have:

  • Detailed coverage of the 8 domains of knowledge
  • The analytical skills required to pass the CISSP® exam
  • The technical skills required to understand each question
  • The foundational information needed to become a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®)

You Will Be Able To:

  • Understand the 8 domains of knowledge that are covered on the CISSP® exam.
  • Analyze questions on the exam and be able to select the correct answer.
  • Apply the knowledge and testing skills learned in class to pass the CISSP® exam.
  • Understand and explain all of the concepts covered in the 8 domains of knowledge.
  • Apply the skills learned across the 8 domains to solve security problems when you return to work.

What Students Will Receive in This Class:

  • Electronic courseware for each of the 8 domains
  • 320 questions to test knowledge and preparation for each domain
  • MP3 audio files of the complete course lectures

External Product Notice

The CISSP® exam itself is not hosted by SANS. You will need to make separate arrangements to take the CISSP® exam. Please note as well that the GISP exam offered by GIAC is NOT the same as the CISSP® exam offered by (ISC)2.

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Syllabus (52 CPEs)

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  • Overview

    In this first section, MGT414 introduces the specific requirements needed to obtain CISSP® certification. The 2021 exam update will be discussed in detail. We will cover the general security principles needed to understand the 8 domains of knowledge, with specific examples for each domain. The first of the 8 domains, Security and Risk Management, will be discussed using real-world scenarios to illustrate the critical points.


    Introductory Material

    • Overview of the exam
    • Focus of 2021 exam updates
    • What is required to become a CISSP®?
    • Maintaining a CISSP®
    • Exam overview
    • Test-taking tips and tricks

    Overview of the 8 Domains

    • Domain 1: Security and Risk Management
    • Domain 2: Asset Security
    • Domain 3: Security Engineering
    • Domain 4: Communication and Network Security
    • Domain 5: Identity and Access Management (IAM)
    • Domain 6: Security Assessment and Testing
    • Domain 7: Security Operations
    • Domain 8: Software Development Security

    Domain 1: Security and Risk Management

    • Confidentiality, integrity, and availability
    • Security governance principles
    • Compliance
    • Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) concepts
    • Legal and regulatory Issues
    • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
    • Ethics
    • Business continuity requirements
    • Policies, standards, procedures, and guidelines
    • Risk management concepts
    • Threat modeling
    • Security champions
    • Gamification
    • Security Operations Center reports
    • Education, training, and awareness
  • Overview

    Understanding asset security is critical to building a solid information security program. The Asset Security domain, the initial focus of the second course section, describes data classification programs, including those used by governments, the military, and the private sector. We will also discuss ownership, covering owners ranging from business/mission owners to data and system owners. We will examine data retention and destruction in detail, including secure methods to purge data from electronic media. We then turn to the first part of the Security Engineering domain, including new topics for the 2021 exam such as Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB), microservices, containerization, serverless, High-Performance Computing (HPC) systems, and much more.


    Domain 2: Asset Security

    • Data and asset classification
    • Tangible and intangible assets
    • Data owners
    • System owners
    • Business/Mission owners
    • Privacy
    • Data processors
    • Data remanence
    • Limitation on collection of sensitive data
    • Digital Rights Management (DRM)
    • Data retention
    • Data destruction
    • Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
    • Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)
    • Baselines
    • Scoping and Tailoring

    Domain 3: Security Engineering (Part 1)

    • Secure design principles
    • Security models
    • Controls and countermeasures
    • Virtualization
    • Microservices
    • Containerization
    • Serverless
    • Trusted platform module
    • Industrial Control Systems (ICS)
    • Embedded systems
    • Applets
    • Database security
    • Cloud computing
    • SCADA
    • XML
    • OWASP
    • The Internet of Things
  • Overview

    This section continues the discussion of the Security Engineering domain, including a deep dive into cryptography. The focus is on real-world implementation of core cryptographic concepts, including the three types of cryptography: symmetric, asymmetric, and hashing. Quantum cryptography and fault injection attacks (newly added in the 2021 exam) will be discussed, as well as salts and rainbow tables. We will round out Domain 3 with a look at physical security before turning to Domain 4, Communication and Network Security. The discussion will cover a range of protocols and technologies, from the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model to storage area networks. New topics for the 2021 exam will be discussed, including micro-segmentation, Virtual eXtensible Local Area Network (VXLAN), Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN), and Li-Fi.


    Domain 3: Security Engineering (Part 2)

    • Cryptography
      • Symmetric
      • Asymmetric
      • Hash
      • Quantum
      • PKI
      • Digital signatures
      • Non-repudiation
      • Salts
      • Rainbow tables
      • Pass the hash
      • Cryptanalysis
      • Fault injection
      • Implementation attacks
    • Facility design considerations
    • Physical security
      • Safety
      • Data center security
      • Handling evidence
      • HVAC
      • Fire prevention and suppression

    Domain 4: Communication and Network Security

    • Network architecture
    • OSI model
    • TCP/IP
    • Multilayer protocols
    • Storage protocols
      • NAS
      • FCoE
      • iSCSI
    • Voiceover IP
    • Wireless
      • 802.11
      • WPA and WPA2
      • Li-Fi
      • Zigbee
    • Network devices
      • Switches
      • Routers
      • Firewalls
      • Proxies
    • Content distribution networks
    • Remote meeting technology
    • Telecommuting
    • Remote access and VPN
      • SSH
      • VPN
      • IPsec
      • SSL/TLS
    • Port isolation
    • VLANs
    • Software-defined networks
    • Micro-segmentation
    • Virtual eXtensible Local Area Network (VXLAN)
    • Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN)
  • Overview

    Controlling access to data and systems is one of the primary objectives of information security. Domain 5, Identity and Access Management, strikes at the heart of access control by focusing on the identification, authentication, and authorization of accounts. Password-based authentication represents a continued weakness, so Domain 5 stresses multi-factor authentication, biometrics, and secure credential management. The 2021 CISSP® exam underscores the increased role of external users and service providers, and mastery of Domain 5 requires an understanding of credential management systems, federated identity, SSO, SAML, cloud identity, and third-party identity and authorization services like OpenID Connect (OIDC) and Open Authorization (Oauth)


    Domain 5: Identity and Access Management (IAM)

    • Physical and logical access
    • Credential management systems
    • Just-In-Time (JIT)
    • SSO
    • LDAP
    • Multi-factor authentication
    • Biometrics
    • Accountability
    • Session management
    • SAML
    • Credential management
    • Third-party identity services
    • On-premise, cloud, and hybrid identity
    • Authorization mechanisms
      • MAC
      • DAC
      • Rule-based
      • RBAC
      • ABAC
    • Provisioning
  • Overview

    This course section covers Domain 6 (Security Assessment) and Domain 7 (Security Operations). Security Assessment covers types of security tests, testing strategies, and security processes. Security Operations covers investigatory issues, including eDiscovery, logging and monitoring, and provisioning. We will discuss cutting-edge technologies such as cloud, and we'll wrap up the section with a deep dive into disaster recovery.


    Domain 6: Security Assessment

    • Assessment and test strategies
    • Security control testing
      • Vulnerability assessment
      • Penetration testing
      • Log reviews
      • Synthetic transactions
      • Misuse case testing
      • Test coverage analysis
      • Responsible disclosure
    • Security testing strategies
      • Interface testing
      • Breach attack simulations
    • Security process
      • Account management
      • Management review
      • Training and awareness
      • Disaster recovery and business continuity
      • Exception handling
    • Internal and third-party audits

    Domain 7: Security Operations

    • Investigations
      • Evidence collection and handling
      • Reporting and documenting
      • Forensics
    • Operational, criminal, civil, and regulatory investigations
    • eDiscovery
    • Logging and monitoring
      • Intrusion detection and prevention
      • SIEM
      • Continuous monitoring
      • Egress monitoring
      • User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA)
      • Tools based on machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    • Provisioning
      • Asset inventory
      • Configuration management
      • Physical, virtual, and cloud assets
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Security operations
      • Need-to-know and least privilege
      • Service-level agreements
      • System resilience
      • Quality of Service (QoS)
      • Threat feeds
      • Threat hunting
    • Incident management
    • Firewalls
    • IDS and IPS
    • Honeypots and honeynets
    • Vulnerability management
    • Change management processes
    • Recovery strategies
    • Disaster recovery processes
    • Disaster recovery plans
  • Overview

    The final course section examines Domain 8 (Software Development Security), which describes the requirements for secure software. Security should be "baked in" as part of network design from day one, since it is always less effective when it is added later to a poor design. We will discuss classic development models, including waterfall and spiral methodologies. We will then turn to more modern models, including agile software development methodologies. New content for the 2021 CISSP® exam update will be discussed, including DevOps. We will wrap up 414.6 by discussing security vulnerabilities, secure coding strategies, and testing methodologies.


    Domain 8: Software Development Security

    • Software development lifecycle
    • Software development methodologies
      • Waterfall
      • Spiral
      • Agile
      • Integrated Product Team (IPT)
    • Software capability maturity models
      • Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMi)
      • Software Assurance Maturity Model (SAMM)
    • Change management
    • DevOps
    • Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)
    • Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response (SOAR)
    • Security vulnerabilities
      • Bounds checking
      • Input/output validation
      • Buffer overflow
      • Privilege escalation
    • Secure coding
    • Code repositories
    • Programming interfaces
    • Software-defined security
    • Assessing software security
      • Black box testing
      • White box testing
      • Cramming
      • Fuzzing
    • Security of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)

GIAC Information Security Professional

The GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP) certification validates a practitioner's knowledge of the 8 domains of cybersecurity knowledge as determined by (ISC)2 that form a critical part of CISSP® exam. GISP certification holders will be able to demonstrate knowledge of asset security, communications and network security, identity and access management, security and risk management, security assessment and testing, security engineering, security operation, and software development security.

  • Asset Security
  • Communications and Network Security
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Security and Risk Management
  • Security Assessment and Testing
  • Security Engineering
  • Security Operation
  • Software Development Security
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Author Statement

"The CISSP® certification has been around for nearly 25 years. The exam is designed to test your understanding of the Common Body of Knowledge, which may be thought of as the universal language of information security professionals. It is often said to be a mile wide and two inches deep. The CISSP® exam covers a lot of theoretical information that is critical for a security professional to understand. However, this material can be dry, and since most students do not see the direct applicability to their jobs, they find it boring. The goal of this course is to bring the 8 domains of knowledge of the CISSP® to life. The practical workings of this information can be discovered by explaining important topics with stories, examples, and case studies. I challenge you to attend the SANS CISSP® training course and find the exciting aspect of the 8 domains of knowledge!" - Eric Conrad and Seth Misenar

"It is very clear that Eric has a wealth of knowledge on not only the content covered in the course but the study tips and tricks to pass the exam itself - I'm looking forward to more of his stories as the course progresses!" - Neaka Balloge, NYU Langone Health

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