IACRB, Information Assurance Certification Review Board
Tests a candidate's knoweldge of Windows security best practices.
Candidates must be able to harden Windows installs
Must be able to identify security weaknesses, threats and assessment/attack techniques of an operating system.
Delivered via multiple choice, true/false exam.
IA Certifications

Exam Fees
Flat fee of $499 per exam
On-site proctored exams are $399 per voucher
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Certified Windows Security Specialist (CWSS)

The Certified Windows Security Specialist (CWSS) certification is designed to assess the knowledge and skill set of designing, implementing, maintaining a security Windows operating system environment. Candidates should have experience in the following areas in order to sit for the exam:

  • Windows vulnerabilties and common exploits
  • Familiarity with malware and it's attack vector
  • Implementation Best Practices on multiple Windows Operating Systems
  • Passive traffic identification
  • Policies, standards, and guidelines of Windows machings and networks
  • Network Security Fundamentals
  • Privilege Escalation Opportunities
  • .Net Secure Remoting
  • Windows Forms Security
  • Domain Impersonation of Windows Named Pipes
  • SQL Server: Exploitation and Defense
  • ASP.NET Security
  • Running in RAM vs. on disk
  • Advanced SQL Injection
  • .Net Security tokens, XML signature, XML canonicalization, and XML encryption
  • .Net WS-Trust and WS-SecureConversation
  • Error Control Verbosity Abuse

The IACRB is:

  • An industry standard organization.
  • Formed by information security professionals.
  • A not-for-profit legal entity with a sole mission to certify individuals.
  • Requires all exam candidates to pass a hands-on practical examination.

All certifications offered by the IACRB are composed of a traditional multiple choice exam, as well as a hands-on practical exam. The goal of this two step process is to determine if a certification candidate possesses the required knowledge of theories and concepts. Additionally, the second step is designed to rigorously test the ability of the candidate to perform job relevant, hands-on technical skills related to information assurance.

Why Certify?
Skilled information assurance professionals are the most important piece in the information security puzzle. Candidates that achieve a certification that requires proficiency beyond book knowledge is a valuable method of differentiating skill levels of information assurance professionals.

Benefits of IACRB certification to the Professional:
  • Demonstrates theoretical knowledge of information assurance.
  • Confirms commitment to information assurance profession.
  • Serves as a differentiator in the highly competitive information security job market.
  • Provides access to a network of certified individuals.

Benefits of IACRB certification to the Employers:
  • Establishes a base-line skill level requirement for highly technical positions.
  • Ensures that individuals have required hands-on skills to perform on the job.
  • Access to a network of subject matter experts.
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