CCNA Cyber Ops SECOPS 210-255 Official Cert Guide

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  • Copyright: 2017-06-05
  • Publisher: Cisco Press

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Learn, prepare, and practice for CCNA Cyber Ops SECOPS #210-255 exam success with this Official Cert Guide from Pearson IT Certification, a leader in IT Certification learning.

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CCNA Cyber Ops SECOPS 210-255 Official Cert Guide is a best-of-breed exam study guide. Best-selling authors and internationally respected cybersecurity experts Omar Santos and Joseph Muniz share preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills. Material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your understanding and retention of exam topics.

The book presents you with an organized test preparation routine through the use of proven series elements and techniques. Exam topic lists make referencing easy. Chapter-ending Exam Preparation Tasks help you drill on key concepts you must know thoroughly. Review questions help you assess your knowledge and a final preparation chapter guides you through tools and resources to help you craft your final study plan.

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The study guide helps you master all the topics on the SECOPS #210-255 exam, including:

  • Threat analysis
  • Forensics
  • Intrusion analysis
  • NetFlow for cybersecurity
  • Incident response and the incident handling process
  • Incident response teams
  • Compliance frameworks
  • Network and host profiling
  • Data and event analysis
  • Intrusion event categories

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Author Biography

Omar Santos is an active member of the cybersecurity community, where he leads several industry-wide initiatives and standards bodies. His active role helps businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to increasing the security of their critical infrastructures.

Omar is the author of more than a dozen books and video courses, as well as numerous white papers, articles, and security configuration guidelines and best practices. Omar is a principal engineer of the Cisco Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT), where he mentors and leads engineers and incident managers during the investigation and resolution of cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Additional information about Omar’s current projects can be found at omarsantos.io, and you can follow Omar on Twitter @santosomar.

Joseph Muniz is an architect at Cisco Systems and security researcher. He has extensive experience in designing security solutions and architectures for the top Fortune 500 corporations and the U.S. government. Joseph’s current role gives him visibility into the latest trends in cybersecurity, from both leading vendors and customers. Examples of Joseph’s research include his RSA talk titled “Social Media Deception,” which has been quoted by many sources (search for “Emily Williams Social Engineering”), as well as his articles in PenTest Magazine regarding various security topics. Joseph runs The Security Blogger website, a popular resource for security, hacking, and product implementation. He is the author and contributor of several publications covering various penetration testing and security topics. You can follow Joseph at www.thesecurityblogger.com and @SecureBlogger.

Table of Contents

    Introduction xvii
Part I Threat Analysis and Computer Forensics
Chapter 1 Threat Analysis 3
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 3
    Foundation Topics 6
    What Is the CIA Triad: Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability? 6
        Confidentiality 6
        Integrity 7
        Availability 7
    Threat Modeling 8
    Defining and Analyzing the Attack Vector 10
    Understanding the Attack Complexity 12
    Privileges and User Interaction 12
    The Attack Scope 13
    Exam Preparation Tasks 14
    Review All Key Topics 14
    Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 14
    Define Key Terms 14
    Q&A 15
Chapter 2 Forensics 17
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 17
    Foundation Topics 20
    Introduction to Cybersecurity Forensics 20
    The Role of Attribution in a Cybersecurity Investigation 21
    The Use of Digital Evidence 21
        Defining Digital Forensic Evidence 22
        Understanding Best, Corroborating, and Indirect or Circumstantial Evidence 22
        Collecting Evidence from Endpoints and Servers 22
        Collecting Evidence from Mobile Devices 24
        Collecting Evidence from Network Infrastructure Devices 24
        Chain of Custody 26
    Fundamentals of Microsoft Windows Forensics 28
        Processes, Threads, and Services 28
        Memory Management 30
    Windows Registry 32
        The Windows File System 34
        FAT 35
        NTFS 36
    Fundamentals of Linux Forensics 37
        Linux Processes 37
        Ext4 40
        Journaling 41
        Linux MBR and Swap File System 41
    Exam Preparation Tasks 43
    Review All Key Topics 43
    Define Key Terms 44
    Q&A 44
Part II Network Intrusion Analysis
Chapter 3 Fundamentals of Intrusion Analysis 49
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 49
    Foundation Topics 52
    Common Artifact Elements and Sources of Security Events 52
        False Positives, False Negatives, True Positives, and True Negatives 58
    Understanding Regular Expressions 58
    Protocols, Protocol Headers, and Intrusion Analysis 61
    Using Packet Captures for Intrusion Analysis 61
        Mapping Security Event Types to Source Technologies 66
    Exam Preparation Tasks 71
    Review All Key Topics 71
    Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 71
    Define Key Terms 71
    Q&A 72
Chapter 4 NetFlow for Cybersecurity 75
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 75
    Foundation Topics 78
    Introduction to NetFlow 78
        What Is a Flow in NetFlow? 78
        The NetFlow Cache 80
    NetFlow Versions 81
        Cisco Flexible NetFlow 96
        Flexible NetFlow Records 97
        Flow Monitors 102
        Flow Exporters 102
        Flow Samplers 102
        Flexible NetFlow Configuration 102
        Configure a Flow Record 103
        Configuring a Flow Monitor for IPv4 or IPv6 105
        Configuring a Flow Exporter for the Flow Monitor 107
        Applying a Flow Monitor to an Interface 109
    IPFIX 110
        IPFIX Architecture 111
        IPFIX Mediators 111
        IPFIX Templates 111
        Option Templates 112
        Introduction to the Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) 112
        NetFlow and IPFIX Comparison 113
    NetFlow for Cybersecurity and Incident Response 113
        NetFlow as an Anomaly Detection Tool 113
        Incident Response and Network Security Forensics 114
        Using NetFlow for Data Leak Detection and Prevention 119
    NetFlow Analysis Tools 125
        Commercial NetFlow Analysis Tools 125
        Cisco’s Lancope StealthWatch Solution 126
        Plixer’s Scrutinizer 129
        Open Source NetFlow Monitoring and Analysis Software Packages 129
    Exam Preparation Tasks 136
    Review All Key Topics 136
    Define Key Terms 136
    Q&A 136
Part III Incident Response
Chapter 5 Introduction to Incident Response and the Incident Handling
Process 141
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 141
    Foundation Topics 144
    Introduction to Incident Response 144
        What Are Events and Incidents? 144
    The Incident Response Plan 145
    The Incident Response Process 146
        The Preparation Phase 146
        The Detection and Analysis Phase 146
        Containment, Eradication, and Recovery 147
        Post-Incident Activity (Postmortem) 148
    Information Sharing and Coordination 148
    Incident Response Team Structure 148
    The Vocabulary for Event Recording and Incident Sharing (VERIS) 149
    Exam Preparation Tasks 153
    Review All Key Topics 153
    Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 153
    Define Key Terms 153
    Q&A 153
Chapter 6 Incident Response Teams 157
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 157
    Foundation Topics 159
    Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) 159
    Product Security Incident Response Teams (PSIRTs) 161
        Security Vulnerabilities and Their Severity 161
        Vulnerability Chaining Role in Fixing Prioritization 164
        Fixing Theoretical Vulnerabilities 164
        Internally Versus Externally Found Vulnerabilities 165
    National CSIRTs and Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) 166
    Coordination Centers 166
    Incident Response Providers and Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) 167
    Exam Preparation Tasks 168
    Review All Key Topics 168
    Define Key Terms 168
    Q&A 168
Chapter 7 Compliance Frameworks 171
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 172
    Foundation Topics 175
    Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) 175
        PCI DSS Data 175
    Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) 185
        HIPAA Security Rule 186
        HIPAA Safeguards 187
    Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) 189
        Section 302 190
        Section 404 190
        Section 409 190
    Summary 192
    References 192
    Exam Preparation Tasks 193
    Review All Key Topics 193
    Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 193
    Define Key Terms 193
    Review Questions 194
Chapter 8 Network and Host Profiling 197
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 197
    Foundation Topics 200
    Network Profiling 200
        Throughput 200
        Used Ports 206
        Session Duration 211
        Critical Asset Address Space 212
    Host Profiling 215
        Listening Ports 216
        Logged-in Users/Service Accounts 220
        Running Processes 223
        Applications 226
    Summary 229
    References 230
    Exam Preparation Tasks 231
    Review All Key Topics 231
    Define Key Terms 231
    Q&A 231
Part IV Data and Event Analysis
Chapter 9 The Art of Data and Event Analysis 235
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 235
    Foundation Topics 238
    Normalizing Data 238
        Interpreting Common Data Values into a Universal Format 238
    Using the 5-Tuple Correlation to Respond to Security Incidents 239
    Retrospective Analysis and Identifying Malicious Files 241
        Identifying a Malicious File 241
    Mapping Threat Intelligence with DNS and Other Artifacts 242
    Deterministic Versus Probabilistic Analysis 242
    Exam Preparation Tasks 244
    Review All Key Topics 244
    Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 244
    Define Key Terms 244
    Q&A 245
Part V Incident Handling
Chapter 10 Intrusion Event Categories 247
    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 247
    Foundation Topics 250
    Diamond Model of Intrusion 250
    Cyber Kill Chain Model 254
        Reconnaissance 256
        Weaponization 259
        Delivery 260
        Exploitation 261
        Installation 263
        Command and Control 264
        Action and Objectives 265
    Summary 269
    References 269
    Exam Preparation Tasks 271
    Review All Key Topics 271
    Define Key Terms 271
    Q&A 271
Part VI Final Preparation
Chapter 11 Final Preparation 275
    Tools for Final Preparation 275
        Pearson Cert Practice Test Engine and Questions on the Website 275
        Customizing Your Exams 277
        Updating Your Exams 277
        The Cisco Learning Network 278
        Memory Tables and Lists 278
        Chapter-Ending Review Tools 279
    Suggested Plan for Final Review/Study 279
    Summary 279
Part VII Appendix
Appendix A Answers to the “Do I Know This Already?” Quizzes and Q&A 281
Glossary 295
Elements Available on the Book Website
Appendix B Memory Tables and Lists
Appendix C Memory Tables and Lists Answers
Appendix D Study Planner
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