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Fundamentals of Securing Databases (FSD)

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Who should attend

Securing Databases is an intense 2-day database security training workshop/seminar essential for DBAs and developers who need to produce secure database applications and manage secure databases. In addition to teaching basic skills, this course digs deep into sound processes and practices that apply to the entire software development life-cycle. Perhaps just as significantly, students learn about current, real examples that illustrate the potential consequences of not following these best practices.

Data, databases, and related resources are at the heart of most IT infrastructures. These assets can have high value from a business, regulatory, and liability perspective. In this course, students repeatedly attack and then defend various assets associated with a fully-functional database. This approach illustrates the mechanics of how to secure databases in the most practical of terms.

Prerequisites

This is an intermediate-level database course, designed for those who wish to get up and running on developing well defended database applications. This course may be customized to suit your team’s unique objectives.

Familiarity with databases is required and real world experience is highly recommended. Ideally, students should have approximately 6 months to a year of database working knowledge.

Course Objectives

Students who attend Securing Databases will leave the course armed with the skills required to recognize actual and potential database vulnerabilities, implement defenses for those vulnerabilities, and test those defenses for sufficiency.

This course quickly introduces students to the most common security vulnerabilities faced by databases today. Each vulnerability is examined from a database perspective through a process of describing the threat and attack mechanisms, recognizing associated vulnerabilities, and, finally, designing, implementing, and testing effective defenses. Multiple practical demonstrations reinforce these concepts with real vulnerabilities and attacks. Students are then challenged to design and implement the layered defenses they will need in defending their own databases.

Working in a dynamic learning environment attendees will learn to:

  • Understand the consequences for not properly handling untrusted data such as denial of service, cross-site scripting, and injections
  • Be able to test databases with various attack techniques to determine the existence of and effectiveness of layered defenses
  • Prevent and defend the many potential vulnerabilities associated with untrusted data
  • Understand the concepts and terminology behind supporting, designing, and deploying secure databases
  • Appreciate the magnitude of the problems associated with data security and the potential risks associated with those problems
  • Understand the currently accepted best practices for supporting the many security needs of databases.
  • Understand the vulnerabilities associated with authentication and authorization within the context of databases and database applications
  • Be able to detect, attack, and implement defenses for authentication and authorization functionality
  • Understand the dangers and mechanisms behind Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) and Injection attacks
  • Be able to detect, attack, and implement defenses against XSS and Injection attacks
  • Understand the concepts and terminology behind defensive, secure, coding
  • Understand the use of Threat Modeling as a tool in identifying software vulnerabilities based on realistic threats against meaningful assets
  • Perform both static reviews and dynamic database testing to uncover vulnerabilities
  • Design and develop strong, robust authentication and authorization implementations
  • Understand the fundamentals of Digital Signatures as well as how it can be used as part of the defensive infrastructure for data
  • Understand the fundamentals of Encryption as well as how it can be used as part of the defensive infrastructure for data

This class is “technology-centric”, designed to train attendees in essential secure database skills, coupling the most current, effective techniques with the soundest industry practices.

The course provides a solid foundation in basic terminology and concepts, extended and built upon throughout the engagement. Students will examine various recognized attacks against data and databases. Processes and best practices are discussed and illustrated through both discussions and group activities.

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What’s included?

Students who attend Securing Database Fundamentals will leave the course armed with the skills required to recognize actual and potential software vulnerabilities, implement defenses for those vulnerabilities, and test those defenses for sufficiency.

Although this training is skills-centric, this course can be delivered on of a variety of database products. Please inquire for details and options.

Duration: 2 days

 
Schedule

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