Microsoft beefs up security e-learning with free labs, clinics

Microsoft is adding free online Windows security clinics and hands-on labs to its new program of Windows Server 2003 e-learning courses. The new online security

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e-learning program focuses on specific security skills and problem-solving techniques "by doing" through labs and clinics.

Because the content and coverage is similar to the other courses for which Microsoft currently charges $349, this is a great way to try out Microsoft online learning at an unbeatable price. Once you sign up, you get six months of access to the materials, so you don't need to jump on the offer right away. It's simply too good a deal to pass up, even if you're not focused on security issues per se right now.

Here's a list of what's on the (free) menu for as long as this promotional offer lasts:

  • Clinic 2801: Microsoft Security Guidance Training I covers security fundamentals, security patch management, server security for Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003, and client security for Windows 2000 and Windows XP Professional.
  • Clinic 2802: Microsoft Security Guidance Training II covers network and perimeter security, application security, advanced security measures for clients and servers, and security for wireless networks.
  • Clinic 2806: Microsoft Security Guidance Training for Developers covers application security concepts, writing secure code for threat avoidance, best practices, and implementing security within the .NET Framework.
  • Hands-On Lab 2811: Applying Microsoft Security Guidance Training consists of four labs which cover working with security updates, implementing server security for Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003, implementing client security for Windows 2000 and Windows XP Professional, and implementing application security with IIS versions 5.0 and 6.0, Exchange, Outlook Web Access (OWA), and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).

Those who don't mess with development topics can safely skip Clinic 2806, but developers will probably benefit from the non-development clinics (2801 and 2802) as well as the developer clinic (2806). All should benefit from the Hands-on Lab (2811).

If you have questions or concerns about MS certification, or suggestions for topics you'd like to see covered, please e-mail me at etittel@techtarget.com.

Ed Tittel is a long-time certification follower. He's series editor for Exam Cram 2, a popular assembly of cert prep books from Que Publishing, and a contributing editor for Certification Magazine. He also covers certification topics for InformIT.com, and numerous other TechTarget Web sites.

This was first published in November 2004

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