Questions Likely to be Asked on a Security Certification

Friday, June 10, 2011

Lee Munson


If you are like most people then when you were in school you probably hated taking test. For a lot of kids, even though they would know the answer, they would get thrown off by the pressure of the situation.

As soon as the teacher would say start the kid's mind would all of the sudden go blank. But what helps a lot of people to avoid that problem is making sure they are prepared for the day of test.

Which Questions Are Most Likely To Be Asked On A Security Certification?

I am not just talking about studying. While studying is good it still does not help you feel completely prepared. No I am talking about not only studying but trying to simulate the testing conditions as much as possible. You will find that this can help you a lot in the long run.

In today's high paced computer security field you will find that you will be asked to renew your certification quite often. Or if you do not have one then you will be asked to get one. And there is very good reason for this.

The world of malware and remote attacks change all of the time. Who would have thought three years ago that not only would black hat hackers be attacking smart phones but they would also be conducting their attacks on these phones as well.

The field is always changing when it comes to computer security and the smart employee must be able to keep up with it. In this article we are going to take a look at questions that will be on most general computer security examines.

As you probably already know, if you are in the field, there are several segments of computer security. So we will try to take a look at questions that will affect the whole field and not just one aspect of computer security. So let's take a look now and maybe you can help yourself by trying to feel as if you are taking the test at home.

We will not ask straight questions but we will take a look at the scenarios that you should probably be studying.

Dealing with clients

While you probably thought we were going to start off with the technical aspects, we are not. It is not the same as it was in the past when it comes to computer security. With computer security most of your time in the field is going to be dealing with people.

You will be showing them how to run the secure systems that you set up. This is the reason why almost everyone in the computer security field needs to know how to deal with customers.

A lot of test booklets out there will ask you how to deal with certain situations with your clients. For example, when your client asks you why they cannot download a certain program onto their computer, how do you deal with it? That is an example of the type of question you are going to run across on these test.

Most of these questions will seem like common sense but make sure that you look at your booklet before the test and give the answer that they want you to give. A lot of us may have different ways of dealing with clients but if you want to past your test, give the answer that they want you to give.

Coming up with a security plan

Another type of question that they will ask on the test is how you are going to come up with your security plan. When you are dealing with computer security you cannot just wing it. You have to be able to deal with anything that comes your way.

To be able to do that you need to make sure that you have a security plan well in hand. And then later on if anything needs to be adjusted on it, it can be. But without a plan in the first place you and your security system are vulnerable.

General types of attack

Before you take your test you need to be aware of the different types of attacks that can affect your system. You do not need to know the name of every malware on the planet but you do need to know how they are delivered to the computer.

Are they delivered through a virus, an opening by a rootkit, a trojan? These are names that you have to get familiar with in the world of computer security. Being able to identify the delivery system of an attack is the primary way of being able to stop it.

While we did not give the direct questions that you would see on a computer security test, we did identify what a lot of these tests will be looking for.

Some people think that once they have all of the technical parts memorized then they are ready. But that is not the case. If you remember that computer security is more than just the tech aspect then you will be fine.

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