Vulnerability Assessment Training: Protecting Your Organization

Course 589

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Labs: Yes
  • Language: English
  • Level: Intermediate

This Vulnerability Assessment training course teaches you how to minimize costly security breaches and evaluate the risk in your enterprise from an array of vulnerabilities. You will create a network security vulnerability assessment checklist, identifying exposed infrastructure, server, and desktop vulnerabilities. Additionally, you will create and interpret reports, configure vulnerability scanners, detect points of exposure, and ultimately prevent network exploitation.

Vulnerability Assessment Training: Protecting Your Organization Delivery Methods

  • In-Person

  • Online

Vulnerability Assessment Training: Protecting Your Organization Course Information

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Detect and respond to vulnerabilities, and minimize exposure to security breaches
  • Employ real-world exploits and evaluate their effect on your systems
  • Configure vulnerability scanners to identify weaknesses
  • Analyze the results of vulnerability scans
  • Establish an efficient strategy for vulnerability management


Before taking this course, you should have a basic understanding of network security and security issues at the level of

And you should have an understanding of the following:

  • TCP/IP networking
  • Network security goals and concerns
  • The roles of firewalls and intrusion detection systems

Continuing Education Information

Vulnerability Assessment Course Outline


  • Defining vulnerability, exploit, threat and risk
  • Creating a vulnerability report
  • Conducting an initial scan
  • Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure (CVE) list

Scanning and exploits

  • Vulnerability detection methods
  • Types of scanners
  • Port scanning and OS fingerprinting
  • Enumerating targets to test information leakage
  • Types of exploits: worm, spyware, backdoor, rootkits, Denial of Service (DoS)
  • Deploying exploit frameworks

Uncovering infrastructure vulnerabilities

  • Uncovering switch weaknesses
  • Vulnerabilities in infrastructure support servers
  • Network management tool attacks

Attacks against analyzers and IDS

  • Identifying Snort IDS bypass attacks
  • Corrupting memory and causing Denial of Service

Exposing server vulnerabilities

  • Scanning servers: assessing vulnerabilities on your network
  • Uploading rogue scripts and file inclusion
  • Catching input validation errors
  • Performing buffer overflow attacks
  • SQL injection
  • Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) and cookie theft

Revealing desktop vulnerabilities

  • Scanning for desktop vulnerabilities
  • Client buffer overflows
  • Silent downloading: spyware and adware
  • Identifying design errors

Implementing scanner operations and configuration

  • Choosing credentials, ports and dangerous tests
  • Preventing false negatives
  • Creating custom vulnerability tests
  • Customizing Nessus scans
  • Handling false positives

Creating and interpreting reports

  • Filtering and customizing reports
  • Interpreting complex reports
  • Contrasting the results of different scanners

Researching alert information

  • Using the National Vulnerability Database (NVD) to find relevant vulnerability and patch information
  • Evaluating and investigating security alerts and advisories
  • Employing the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS)

Identifying factors that affect risk

  • Evaluating the impact of a successful attack
  • Determining vulnerability frequency
  • Calculating vulnerability severity
  • Weighing important risk factors
  • Performing a risk assessment

The vulnerability management cycle

  • Standardizing scanning with Open Vulnerability Assessment Language (OVAL)
  • Patch and configuration management
  • Analyzing the vulnerability management process

Vulnerability controversies

  • Rewards for vulnerability discovery
  • Markets for bugs and exploits
  • Challenge programs

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Course FAQs

The process of defining, identifying, classifying and prioritizing what vulnerabilities are in your system.

This assessment aims to find out what vulnerabilities may be within your system in time to fix them.

A vulnerability assessment scans for known vulnerabilities, while a penetration test tries to exploit and fix the weaknesses actively.

Yes! We know your busy work schedule may prevent you from getting to one of our classrooms which is why we offer convenient online training to meet your needs wherever you want. This course is available in class and live online.

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