NOTE: The term "architecture" is interpreted differently by different organizations and in various regions of the world. This course focuses on strategic and technical application and use cases, including fine-tuning and implementing various infrastructure components and cyber defense techniques. If you are expecting the course to focus exclusively on strategic solution placement and use cases, the course is not for you.
SEC530: Defensible Security Architecture and Engineering is designed to help students establish and maintain a holistic and layered approach to security. Effective security requires a balance between detection, prevention, and response capabilities, but such a balance demands that controls be implemented on the network, directly on endpoints, and within cloud environments. The strengths and weaknesses of one solution complement another solution through strategic placement, implementation, and fine-tuning.
To address these issues, this course focuses on combining strategic concepts of infrastructure and tool placement while also diving into their technical application. We will discuss and identify what solutions are available and how to apply them successfully. Most importantly, we'll evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various solutions and how to layer them cohesively to achieve defense-in-depth.
The changing threat landscape requires a change in mindset, as well as a repurposing of many devices. Where does this leave our classic perimeter devices such as firewalls? What are the ramifications of the "encrypt everything" mindset for devices such as Network Intrusion Detection Systems?
In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of up-to-date defensible security architecture and how to engineer it. There will be a heavy focus on leveraging current infrastructure (and investment), including switches, routers, and firewalls. Students will learn how to reconfigure these devices to significantly improve their organizations' prevention capabilities in the face of today's dynamic threat landscape. The course will also delve into the latest technologies and their capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses. You will come away with recommendations and suggestions that will aid in building a robust security infrastructure.
While this is not a monitoring course, it will dovetail nicely with continuous security monitoring, ensuring that security architecture not only supports prevention but also provides the critical logs that can be fed into a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) system in a Security Operations Center.
Multiple hands-on labs conducted daily will reinforce key points in the course and provide actionable skills that students will be able to leverage as soon as they return to work.
Day 1: Defensible Security Architecture and Engineering
Day 2: Network Security Architecture and Engineering
Day 3: Network-Centric Security
Day 4: Data-Centric Security
Day 5: Zero-Trust Architecture: Addressing the Adversaries Already in Our Networks
Day 6: Hands-On Secure-the-Flag Challenge
For more in-depth course descriptions, visit www.sans.org/course/defensible-security-architecture-and-engineering.