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ISTQB Advanced Security Tester Course

Four days of lectures, exercises and practical work designed to describe and illustrate the best practices in security testing.

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    Course Details:

    Duration: 4 days

    Price: £1895+VAT

    Next available course:

    For course dates and more information please call 01844 211665

Who is this course for?

The ISTQB Advanced Security course is for Technical Testers, Security Testers, Security Co-ordinators and Managers, plus testers and test managers who are serious about including security aspects into their test plans or who want to specialise.

About the course

With the ever-increasing numbers of security breaches, both human and machine-based, significantly more understanding is required from testers to ensure that the proper quality assurance measures are in place for assuring the security of IT systems.

This intensive four-day course contains lectures, exercises and practical work to describe and illustrate best practices in security testing.

Entry Requirements

  • A Certificate at ISTQB Foundation level must have been awarded for candidates to sit this course
  • It is recommended that candidates have at least three-years testing experience before attempting the course and exam.
Is there an exam?

To qualify as an internationally-recognized Certified Advanced Level Security Tester and be issued with an ISTQB® Advanced Level Certificate, delegates must successfully pass the exam administered by the relevant National Board or Examination Provider.

The 2-hour exam contains 45 questions, of which 60% must be answered correctly for a pass to and certificate to be awarded.

If English is not your first language, please advise us so that we can apply for an additional 30-minutes of exam time for you.

Anything else?

A comprehensive course manual is provided.

What’s next?

Holders of the Certified Tester Advanced Level qualification are eligible to continue onto any other ISTQB course at Advanced level and/or progress to becoming an ISTQB accredited Expert Level Tester.

Full course outline

ISTQB Advanced Security Tester (a four-day course)

Course Content

The Basis of Security Testing 

  • Security Risks 
  • Information Security Policies and Procedures 
  • Security Auditing and Its Role in Security Testing

Security Testing Purposes, Goals and Strategies 

  • Introduction 
  • The Purpose of Security Testing 
  • The Organizational Context 
  • Security Testing Objectives 
  • The Scope and Coverage of Security Testing Objectives

Security Testing Approaches 

  • Improving the Security Testing Practices
  • ISTQB Advanced Security Tester Certification Course

Security Testing Processes 

  • Security Test Process Definition 
  • Security Test Planning 
  • Security Test Design 
  • Security Test Execution 
  • Security Test Evaluation 
  • Security Test Maintenance

Security Testing Throughout the Software Lifecycle 

  • Role of Security Testing in a Software Lifecycle 
  • The Role of Security Testing in Requirements 
  • The Role of Security Testing in Design 
  • The Role of Security Testing in Implementation Activities 
  • The Role of Security Testing in System and Acceptance Test Activities 
  • The Role of Security Testing in Maintenance.

Testing Security Mechanisms  

  • System Hardening 
  • Authentication and Authorization 
  • Encryption 
  • Firewalls and Network Zones 
  • Intrusion Detection 
  • Malware Scanning 
  • Data Obfuscation 
  • Training

Human Factors in Security Testing 

  • Understanding the Attackers 
  • Social Engineering 
  • Security Awareness

Security Test Evaluation and Reporting 

  • Security Test Evaluation 
  • Security Test Reporting

Security Testing Tools 

  • Types and Purposes of Security Testing Tools 
  • Tool Selection

Standards and Industry Trends 

  • Understanding Security Testing Standards 
  • Applying Security Standards 
  • Industry Trends