Learn how to deploy secure servers and encrypted web applications and understand theory and practice of Internet PKI. Author: Ivan Ristić
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Designed by the author of the much acclaimed Bulletproof SSL and TLS, this practical training course will teach you how to deploy secure servers and encrypted web applications and understand both the theory and practice of Internet PKI. On Days 1 and 2, we’ll focus on what you need in your daily work to deliver best security, availability and performance. And you will learn how to get an A+ on SSL Labs! On Days 3 and 4, we will start with the basics and the theory of Internet PKI, then discuss how the PKI is implemented in the real world, and finish with a practical example of a realistic private certification authority.
The training will ve delivered by Scott Helme via Zoom and our virtual labs.
This course is for system administrators, developers, and IT security professionals who wish to learn how to deploy secure servers and encrypted web applications and understand the theory and practice of Internet PKI.
Duration: 4 days, 3.5 hours a day
Extras: Digital training materials and a digital copy of Bulletproof SSL and TLS
About a month prior to the course we'll send you a digital copy of Bulletproof SSL and TLS, our comprehensive guide to SSL/TLS and Internet PKI. A few days before the training, we'll send you a bunch of exercises and slides, access details for your virtual server and joining instructions for the Zoom sessions.
a. The need for network encryption
b. Understanding encrypted communication
c. The role of public key infrastructure (PKI)
d. SSL/TLS and Internet PKI threat model
2. Keys and certificates
a. RSA and ECDSA: selecting the right key algorithm and size
b. Certificate hostnames and lifetime
c. Practical work:
i. Private key generation
ii. Certificate Signing Request (CSR) generation
iii. Self-signed certificates
iv. Obtaining valid certificates from Let’s Encrypt
d. Sidebar: Revocation
3. Protocols and cipher suites
a. Protocol security
b. Key exchange strength
c. Forward security
d. Cipher suite configuration
e. Practical work
i. Secure web server configuration
ii. Server testing using SSL Labs
f. Sidebar: Server Name indication (SNI)
g. Sidebar: Performance considerations
4. HTTPS topics
a. Man-in-the-middle attacks
b. Mixed content
c. Cookie security
d. CRIME: Information leakage via compression
e. HTTP Strict Transport Security
f. Content Security Policy
g. HTTP Public Key Pinning
h. Practical work:
i. Deploying HSTS to deploy robust encryption
ii. Deploying CSP to deal with mixed content
5. Putting it all together: Getting an A+ in SSL Labs
a. X.509 certificates
b. Certificate chains
c. Name constraints
d. Trust path building
e. Validation process
3. Internet PKI
a. Certification Authorities
b. Relying parties
c. Certificate types (DV, EV, OV)
d. Certificate lifecycle (validation, issuance, and revocation)
e. CA/B Forum and its standards
g. History of attacks
c. OCSP stapling
d. CRLsets and OneCRL
e. Short-lived certificates
a. Certification Authority Authorization (CAA)
b. Public Key Pinning
i. Static pinning
6. Certificate Transparency
7. PKI ecosystem monitoring
i. SSL Pulse
8. Project: Building and deploying a realistic private CA
We will also provide you with many additional exercises that you can work on in your own time. You'll be able to ask us for help via email. And if you're already familiar with the basics, we'll challenge you with some of the advanced exercises on the day.
Scott Helme is a security researcher, consultant and international speaker. He can often be found talking about web security and performance online and helping organisations better deploy both.
Ivan Ristić is a security researcher, engineer, and author, known especially for his contributions to the web application firewall field and development of ModSecurity, an open source web application firewall, and for his SSL/TLS and PKI research, tools and guides published on the SSL Labs web site.
He is the author of three books, Apache Security, ModSecurity Handbook, and Bulletproof SSL and TLS, which he publishes via Feisty Duck, his own platform for continuous writing and publishing. Ivan is an active participant in the security community and you'll often find him speaking at security conferences such as Black Hat, RSA, OWASP AppSec, and others. He is currently working on Hardenize, a brand-new security posture analysis service that makes security fun again.
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