CompTIA Security+ 2008: Risk Analysis, Vulnerability Testing, IDS, and Forensics

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


Ensuring that modern network environments are secure is of paramount importance in today’s IT world. The use of risk analysis techniques and vulnerability scanners, along with intrusion detection systems and forensic methodologies have become the backbone of modern IT security. This course looks at modern risk analysis techniques, forensic methodologies, IDS systems and methods to harden network devices and operating systems. This course is one of a series in the SkillSoft learning path that covers the objectives for the CompTIA Security+ (2008 Edition) certification exam.

Target Audience

Organizations involved in IT services or training that need to have personnel qualified for onwards delivery of IT support or training; businesses that will need up-to-date Security+ training for their own internal networking support purposes; individuals who are personally interested in establishing credentials for the benefit of their own career prospects.


Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Security+ candidates have at least two years on-the-job networking experience with an emphasis on security. The CompTIA Network+ certification is also recommended.

Expected Duration

90 min.

Course Objectives

Risk Analysis

  • recognize how to conduct risk analysis
  • analyze a system using the MBSA
  • Vulnerability Scanners

  • scan for system vulnerabilities with OVAL
  • scan for system vulnerabilities with Nessus
  • Analyzing and Scanning Systems

    IDS, NIDS, HIDS, and Honeypots

  • recognize key characteristics of IDS
  • recognize the uses of NIDS and HIDS
  • recognize the use of honeypots
  • Computer Forensics

  • recognize how key computer forensics procedures are performed
  • Performing Computer Forensics Procedures