C)VA: Certified Vulnerability Assessor

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About this Course

The vendor neutral Certified Vulnerability Assessor certification course helps students understand the importance of vulnerability assessments by providing intricateknowledge and skills in the Vulnerability Assessment arena. The CVA course provides foundational knowledge of general VA tools as well as popular exploits an IT engineer should be familiar with. The CVA is a fundamental cyber security certification course that focuses on vulnerability assessments. The CVA course focuses on foundational information such as the importance of a Vulnerability Assessment and how it can help an engineer prevent serious break-ins to your organization. In the CVA course, the student will be versed with basic malware and viruses and how they can infiltrate an organizations network. The student will also learn how to assess a company’s security posture and perform a basic vulnerability test to help secure the organization’s networking  infrastructure.

Mile2 Accreditations: 

  1. Accredited by the NSA CNSS 4011-4016
  2. Is approved and has been placed on Homeland Security’s National Initiative for Cyber Security Careers and Studies (NICCS) training providers and maps to the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework
  3. Preferred cyber certification for the FBI

Audience Profile

Information System Owners
Ethical Hackers
Cyber Security Managers
IT Engineer

At Course Completion

Upon completion, the Certified Vulnerability Assessor candidate will not only be able to competently take the CVA exam.


Module 1 – Why Vulnerability Assessment?
Module 2 – Vulnerability Types
Module 3 – Assessing the Network
Module 4 – Assessing Web Servers & Applications
Module 5 – Assessing Remote & VPN Services
Module 6 – Vulnerability Assessment Tools of the Trade
Module 7 – Output Analysis

Module 1 - Why Vulnerability Assessment?
Overview What is a Vulnerability Assessment? Vulnerability Assessment Benefits of a Vulnerability Assessment What are Vulnerabilities? Security Vulnerability Life Cycle Compliance and Project Scoping The Project Overview Statement Project Overview Statement Assessing Current Network Concerns Vulnerabilities in Networks More Concerns Network Vulnerability Assessment Methodology Network Vulnerability Assessment Methodology Phase I: Data Collection Phase II: Interviews, Information Reviews, and Hands-On Investigation Phase III: Analysis Analysis cont. Risk Management Why Is Risk Management Difficult? Risk Analysis Objectives Putting Together the Team and Components What Is the Value of an Asset? Examples of Some Vulnerabilities that Are Not Always Obvious
Categorizing Risks Some Examples of Types of Losses Different Approaches to Analysis Who Uses What? Qualitative Analysis Steps Quantitative Analysis ALE Values Uses ALE Example ARO Values and Their Meaning ALE Calculation Can a Purely Quantitative Analysis Be Accomplished? Comparing Cost and Benefit Countermeasure Criteria Calculating Cost/Benefit Cost of a Countermeasure Can You Get Rid of All Risk? Management’s Response to Identified Risks Liability of Actions Policy Review (Top-Down) Methodology Definitions Policy Types Policies with Different Goals Industry Best Practice Standards Components that Support the Security Policy Policy Contents When critiquing a policy Technical (Bottom-Up) Methodology Review

Module 2 - Vulnerability Types
Overview Critical Vulnerabilities Critical Vulnerability Types Buffer OverFlows URL Mappings to Web Applications IIS Directory Traversal Format String Attacks Default Passwords Misconfigurations
Known Backdoors Information Leaks Memory Disclosure Network Information Version Information Path Disclosure User Enumeration Denial of Service Best Practices Review

Module 3 - Assessing the Network
Overview Network Security Assessment Platform Virtualization Software Operating Systems Exploitation Frameworks Internet Host and Network Enumeration
Querying Web & Newsgroup Search Engines Footprinting tools Blogs & Forums Google
Google and Query Operators Google (cont.) Domain Name Registration WHOIS WHOIS Output BGP Querying DNS Databases Using Nslookup Dig for Unix / Linux Web Server Crawling Automating Enumeration SMTP Probing SMTP Probing cont. NMAP: Is the Host on-line ICMP Disabled? NMAP TCP Connect Scan
TCP Connect Port Scan Nmap (cont.) Tool Practice : TCP half-open & Ping Scan Half-open Scan Firewalled Ports NMAP Service Version Detection Additional NMAP Scans NMAP UDP Scans UDP Port Scan Null Sessions Syntax for a Null Session SMB Null Sessions & Hardcoded Named Pipes Windows Networking Services Countermeasures Review

Module 4 - Assessing Web Servers
Web Servers Fingerprinting Accessible Web Servers Identifying and Assessing Reverse Proxy Mechanisms Proxy Mechanisms Identifying Subsystems and Enabled Components Basic Web Server Crawling Web Application Technologies Overview Web Application Profiling HTML Sifting and Analysis Active Backend Database Technology Assessment Why SQL “Injection”?Web Application Attack Strategies Web Application Vulnerabilities Authentication Issues
Parameter Modification SQL Injection: Enumeration SQL Extended Stored Procedures Shutting Down SQL Server Direct Attacks SQL Connection Properties Attacking Database Servers Obtaining Sensitive Information URL Mappings to Web Applications Query String Changing URL Login Parameters URL Login Parameters Cont. IIS Directory Traversal Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Web Security Checklist Review

Module 5 - Assessing Remote VPN Services
Assessing Remote & VPN Services Remote Information Services Retrieving DNS Service Version Information DNS Zone Transfers Forward DNS Grinding Finger Auth NTP SNMP Default Community Strings LDAP rwho RPC rusers
Remote Maintenance Services FTP SSH Telnet X Windows Citrix Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol VNC Assessing IP VPN Services Microsoft PPTP SSL VPNs REVIEW

Module 6 - Vulnerability Tools of the Trade
Vulnerability Scanners Nessus
SAINT – Sample Report Tool: Retina

Qualys Guard Tool: LANguard Microsoft Baseline Analyzer MBSA Scan Report
Dealing with Assessment Results Patch Management Options Review
Module 7 – Output Analysis
Overview Staying Abreast: Security Alerts Vulnerability Research Sites Nessus SAINT SAINT Reports
GFI Languard GFI Reports MBSA MBSA Reports Review


Basic networking understanding