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Hardening Cisco devices

A 2 day
HANDS ON
training course

Hardening Cisco devices training course description

A hands on course focusing on how to lock down Cisco IOS routers and switches.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Harden Cisco devices.

Hardening Cisco devices training course details

Who will benefit:
Technical network staff.
Technical security staff.
Prerequisites:
TCP/IP foundation for engineers.
Duration:
2 days

Training approach

This structured course uses Instructor Led Training to provide the best possible learning experience. Small class sizes ensure students benefit from our engaging and interactive style of teaching with delegates encouraged to ask questions throughout the course. Quizzes follow each major section allowing checking of learning. Hands on sessions are used throughout to allow delegates to consolidate their new skills.

Overall ratings:

Customer reviews


"Very good training style, clear communication and didn’t mind us asking questions. "
T. S. Zen Internet
"Covers a lot of different areas that are useful to understand networking. "
D. H. Concise Technology Services

Hardening Cisco devices training course contents

Introduction
Router security, Switch security, Cisco IOS, IOS versions, Cisco advisories, the management plane, control plane, data plane.
Hands on: Checking IOS versions and advisories.

Access control
Infrastructure ACLs, Transit ACLs.
Hands on: Restricting access to the device, Filtering data traffic.

Management plane: Securing operations
Passwords, privilege levels, AAA, TACACS+, RADIUS.
Hands on: Password management.

Management plane: Other general hardening
Logging best practices, secure protocols, encrypting management sessions, configuration management.
Hands on: Hardening the management plane.

Control plane
Disabling reception and transmission of certain messages, Limiting CPU impact of control plane traffic, securing routing protocols.
Hands on: Hardening the control plane.

Data plane
Transit ACLs, disabling unused services, disabling unnecessary protocols, anti spoofing, limiting CPU impact of data plane traffic, identifying and tracing traffic, Netflow, VLANs, port security.
Hands on: hardening the data plane.

Why Choose Us

SNT trainers score an average of over 90% on the three main areas of:
  • Ability to teach
  • Technical knowledge
  • Answering questions
“Excellently presented by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer.” P.D. General Dynamics

We limit our maximum class size to 8 delegates; often we have less than this. This ensures optimal interactivity between delegates and instructor.
"Excellent course. The small class size was a great benefit…" M.B. IBM

We write our own courses; courseware does not just consist of slides and our slides are diagrams not bullet point text. A typical chapter provides clearly defined objectives with a chapter overview, slides with text underneath, a quiz at the end to check the learning of the students. Hands on exercises are at the end and are used to reinforce the theory.

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