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Certified Vulnerability Assessor

Phase2 Advantage: Certified Vulnerability Assessor

The Certified Vulnerability Assessor certification course provides foundational knowledge of industry vulnerability assessment tools, industry best practices, and popular exploits with which an Information Security professional should be familiar. This fundamental cyber security certification course provides students with the knowledge required to attend more advanced courses such as Certified Incident Handling Engineer, Certified Digital Forensic Examiner, and Certified Penetration Testing Engineer.

Students will be presented with topics such as basic malware identification and detection, and how malicious code can infiltrate an organizations’ systems and networks. The student will also learn how to assess a company’s information security posture by performing basic vulnerability tests to secure the organization’s networking infrastructure.  Examples of topics covered in this course are: Assessing Web Servers and Applications; Host Discovery Controls and Techniques; Port Scanning Techniques and Algorithms; and, Scanning IoT, SCADA, and ICS Systems.

Course Outline and Learning Objectives

01) Overview: Why Vulnerability Assessment?
02) The Modern Vulnerability Landscape
03) Assessing Networks for Vulnerabilities
04) Assessing Web Servers and Applications
05) Assessing Remote and VPN Services
06) Vulnerability Assessment Tools of the Trade
07) Vulnerability Assessment Output Analysis
08) Overview: Nmap Reconnaissance Capabilities
09) Obtaining, Compiling, and Installing Nmap
10) Host Discovery Controls and Techniques

11) Port Scanning Techniques and Algorithms
12) Optimizing Nmap Scanning Performance
13) Service and Application Version Detection
14) Overview: The Nmap Scripting Engine
15) Detecting and Subverting Firewalls and IDS
16) Overview: Nessus Scanning Tools
17) Obtaining, Compiling, and Installing Nessus
18) Managing Nessus Scan Templates and Policies
19) Nessus Report Analysis and Confirmation
20) Scanning IoT, SCADA, and ICS Systems

Course Materials

Hardcopy Training Materials

Digital Training Materials

Course Text / Workbook
Course Lab Manual
Supplemental Handout
Text: Key Security Concepts
Text: Exam Prep Guide
USB Drives, Pens, Pads

Course Text / Workbook
Course Lab Manual
Course Video Series
CEU Completion Certificate
Course Prep Guide
Course Exam Simulator

Certification Exam Included in Course Fee

Additional Information




CPE Credit:

Course Fee:


4 Days

Business Continuity Managers
Information Security Trainers
Disaster Recovery Managers
Incident Handling Managers
Physical Security Managers
Corporate Risk Managers
Network Administrators
IT Security Managers



The Certified Vulnerability Assessor course is a component of the career progression track that supports the following Categories, Specialty Areas and Work Roles as defined by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework:

Cyber Defense Analyst

Cyber Support Infrastructure Defense Specialist

Vulnerability Assessment Analyst

System Testing and Evaluation Specialist

Information Systems Security Manager

Secure Software Developer

Average Yearly Salary:

Certification Examination

Phase2 Advantage Certification Exam

Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to sit for the Vulnerability Assessor certification examination.  The proctored examination will be offered at the conclusion of the final training day.

Students will have two hours to complete a computer-based examination consisting of 100 questions. A score of 70% or higher is required to earn the certification.  Upon successful completion of the exam, students will receive a hardcopy of their certification and a proctor validation document from the course instructor.  Students will also receive a 40-hour CPE Certificate regardless of their exam score.

The examination is “closed book.”  However, students will be able to use their notes taken during the presentation of the lecture material.  Proctored examinations and proctor validation documents are only available for courses taken in a physical classroom environment

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