Online class helps security pros sharpen their skills

InfoWorld's free Security Boot Camp to provide 20 lessons over four weeks

To help IT security professionals sharpen their skills, InfoWorld is offering a free, 20-lesson "Security Boot Camp" online class. The class is conducted via e-mail, with students getting one assignment each workday that connects the theory of best security practices with the hands-on reality of implementing such advice.

The first week's classes focus on how to address potential security threats, such as through smarter patch management and log file analysis. The second week's classes focus on how to improve your defenses, such as by taking advantage of Windows 7's UAC or rethinking your remote access. Week 3 switches gears to security strategy, covering top-level issues such as resource lifecycle plans and approaches to handle fault tolerance. The final week focuses on enlisting your users to do their part to improve security, both for their own PCs and for the organization as a whole.

The classes begin on Sept. 21, 2009. Sign up at by Sept. 20.