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Course type: Virtual
Duration: Fours days
Delivery: Virtual
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ISTQB Advanced Security Tester virtual

With the ever-increasing numbers of security breaches, both human and machine-based, significantly more understanding is required from testers to ensure that the proper quality assurance measures are in place for assuring the security of IT systems.

 

 

About the course

Many courses about security testing concentrate solely on the very technical hacking side of things, which is great, but it is not the whole picture. This course is aimed at the softer-side of security testing and addresses the following key elements and how we manage them from a testing perspective through the life cycle from inception to delivery.

What is virtual classroom training?

Virtual instructor-led training combines the personal teaching experience of a classroom, with the ease and flexibility of a virtual environment. Virtual courses are interactive and engaging, allowing participants to communicate with both the instructor and each other in a collaborative manner.

Duration

This is a four-day intensive virtual course.

Pre-requisites

  • A Certificate at ISTQB Foundation level must have been awarded for candidates to sit this course
  • It is recommended that candidates have at least three-years testing experience before attempting the course and exam.

Learning objectives

This course is aimed at the softer-side of security testing and addresses the following key elements and how we manage them from a testing perspective through the life cycle from inception to delivery, including:

  • Human lapses
  • Malicious insiders
  • Malicious outsiders
  • Lack of adequate defenses and testing of the defenses that are in place
  • Defective software in general
  • A limited view of security and testing
  • Placing too much trust in technology
  • Security is an afterthought in most development projects
  • Lack of awareness at the executive level. Everybody knows cybersecurity is a problem, but very few people know how to deal with the risks and challenges.

This is an intensive four-day virtual course that includes the following:

  • All accompanying course material                                                                   
  • The cost of the exam 

What's covered?

Module 1 – The Basis of Security Testing

  • Security Risks
  • Information Security Policies and Procedures
  • Security Auditing and Its Role in Security Testing.

Module 2 – Security Testing Purposes, Goals and Strategies

  • Introduction
  • The Purpose of Security Testing
  • The Organizational Context
  • Security Testing Objectives
  • The Scope and Coverage of Security Testing Objectives.
  • Security Testing Approaches
  • Improving the Security Testing Practices
  • ISTQB Advanced Security Tester Certification Course.

Module 3 – Security Testing Processes

  • Security Test Process Definition
  • Security Test Planning
  • Security Test Design
  • Security Test Execution
  • Security Test Evaluation
  • Security Test Maintenance.

Module 4 – Security Testing Throughout the Software Lifecycle

  • Role of Security Testing in a Software Lifecycle
  • The Role of Security Testing in Requirements
  • The Role of Security Testing in Design
  • The Role of Security Testing in Implementation Activities
  • The Role of Security Testing in System and Acceptance Test Activities
  • The Role of Security Testing in Maintenance.

Module 5 – Testing Security Mechanisms

  • System Hardening
  • Authentication and Authorization
  • Encryption
  • Firewalls and Network Zones
  • Intrusion Detection
  • Malware Scanning
  • Data Obfuscation
  • Training.

Module 6 – Human Factors in Security Testing

  • Understanding the Attackers
  • Social Engineering
  • Security Awareness.

Module 7 – Security Test Evaluation and Reporting

  • Security Test Evaluation
  • Security Test Reporting.

Module 8 – Security Testing Tools

  • Types and Purposes of Security Testing Tools
  • Tool Selection.

Module 9 – Standards and Industry Trends

  • Understanding Security Testing Standards
  • Applying Security Standards
  • Industry Trends.

Target audience

The ISTQB Advanced Security course is for Technical Testers, Security Testers, Security Co-ordinators and Managers, plus testers and test managers who are serious about including security aspects into their test plans or who want to specialise.

Delegates will be provided with a Pearson VUE exam voucher one week prior to course commencement. This enables you to book and sit your exam at your local Pearson VUE testing centre at a time and date convenient to you.  Pearson VUE centres are worldwide, and you will be able to choose the closest testing centre to you. You then go along to the test centre with your photo ID at the specified date and time and you will then take an electronic exam. Your exam voucher will have an expiration date and your exam must be sat before this date as these vouchers cannot be extended.

Exam format

To qualify as an internationally-recognized Certified Advanced Level Security Tester and be issued with an ISTQB® Advanced Level Certificate, delegates must successfully pass the exam administered by the relevant National Board or Examination Provider.

The 2-hour exam contains 45 questions, of which 60% must be answered correctly for a pass to and certificate to be awarded.

If English is not your first language, you can apply for an additional time.

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