Network security testing course aims to set a benchmark

A security training course aimed at creating a benchmark in the industry has become available in the UK.

A security training course aimed at creating a benchmark in the industry has become available in the UK.

The Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual (OSSTMM) claims to be the first comprehensive standard for testing the security of internet systems and networks.

The three- to five-day course, run by security consultancy Information Risk Management offers security technology employees the opportunity to learn and practise the methodology outlined in the manual.

Phil Robinson, chief technology officer at Information Risk Management and a qualified OSSTMM trainer, said the course aims to teach best practice to those working in information security departments and provides participants with a certificate in OSSTMM which represents a standard within the industry.

"Open standards enable any organisation to change and develop the manual and also make sure it adheres to industry standards which are approved on a global level, he said.

OSSTMM is recommended for analysts and security experts with at least five years' experience in security analyses and testing.

OSSTMM was created by Pete Herzog, director of Ideahamster, a global organisation for web developers. The manual is a continuously evolving document with more than 150 collaborators who keep the manual up to date in line with security developments.

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