IS20: Security Controls

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Course Overview

Mile2’s IS20 Controls course covers proven general controls and methodologies that are used to execute and analyze the Top Twenty Most Critical Security Controls. This course allows the security professional to see how to implement controls in their existing network(s) through highly effective and economical automation. For management, this training is the best way to distinguish how you’ll assess whether these security controls are effectively being administered or if they are falling short to industry standards

Nearly all organizations containing sensitive information are adopting and implementing the most critical security controls as the highest priority list. These controls were chosen by leading government and private organizations who are experts on how compromised networks/systems evolve and how to mitigate and prevent them from happening. These leading security experts chose the best of breed controls needed to block known incidents as well as alleviate any damage from successful attacks. Ultimately, the implementation of these Top 20 Controls will ensure best efforts to drastically decrease the overall cost of security while improving both the efficiency and effectiveness of it.  



  • A basic understanding of networking and security technologies


Student Materials:

  • Student Workbook

  • Exam Prep Guide


CPEs: 24



  • Information assurance managers/auditors

  • System implementers/administrators

  • Network security engineers

  • IT administrators

  • Auditors/auditees

  • DoD personnel/contractors

  • Federal agencies/clients

  • Security vendors and consulting groups looking to stay current with frameworks for information assurance



Upon completion, the IS20 Security Controls candidate will be able to not only competently take the IS20 Controls exam but will also have an understanding of how to implement the top 20 most critical controls in the work place.



The IS20 Security Controls exam is taken online through Mile2’s Assessment and Certification System (“MACS”), which is accessible on your account. The exam will take 2 hours and consists of 100 multiple choice questions.


0.      Course Introduction
I. Critical Control 1: Inventory of Authorized and Unauthorized Devices
II. Critical Control 2: Inventory of Authorized and Unauthorized Software
III. Critical Control 3: Secure Configurations for Hardware and Software on Laptops, Workstations, and Servers
IV. Critical Control 4: Secure Configurations for Network Devices such as Firewalls, Routers, and Switches
V. Critical Control 5: Boundary Defence
VI. Critical Control 6: Maintenance, Monitoring, and Analysis of Audit Logs
VII. Critical Control 7: Application Software Security
VIII. Critical Control 8: Controlled Use of Administrative Privileges
IX. Critical Control 9: Controlled Access Based on Need to Know
X. Critical Control 10: Continuous Vulnerability Assessment and Remediation
XI. Critical Control 11: Account Monitoring and Control
XII. Critical Control 12: Malware Defences
XIII. Critical Control 13: Limitation and Control of Network Ports, Protocols, and Services
XIV. Critical Control 14: Wireless Device Control
XV. Critical Control 15: Data Loss Prevention
XVI. Critical Control 16: Secure Network Engineering
XVII. Critical Control 17: Penetration Tests and Red Team Exercises
XVIII. Critical Control 18: Incident Response Capability
XIX. Critical Control 19: Data Recovery Capability
XX. Critical Control 20: Security Skills Assessment and Appropriate Training to Fill Gaps