The Best TLS Training
in the World

Spend a full day to understand both
the theory and practice of SSL/TLS

Designed by the author of the much acclaimed Bulletproof SSL and TLS, this practical course will teach you how to deploy secure servers and encrypted web applications during a day packed with theory and practical work. We’ll focus on what you need in your daily work to deliver best security, availability and performance. And you will learn how to get an A+ on SSL Labs!

3 May, London
14 September, London
£595 / 695 + VAT

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Why This Course is for You

  • Understand threats and attacks against encryption
  • Identify real risks that apply to your systems
  • Deploy servers with strong private keys and valid certificates
  • Deploy TLS configurations with strong encryption and forward secrecy
  • Understand higher-level attacks against web applications
  • Use the latest defence technologies, such as HSTS, CSP, and HPKP

Course Outline

  1. Introduction
    1. The need for network encryption
    2. Understanding encrypted communication
    3. The role of public key infrastructure (PKI)
    4. SSL/TLS and Internet PKI threat model
  2. Keys and certificates
    1. RSA and ECDSA: selecting key algorithm and size
    2. Certificate hostnames and lifetime
    3. Practical work:
      1. Private key generation
      2. Certificate Signing Request (CSR) generation
      3. Self-signed certificates
      4. Obtaining valid certificates from Let’s Encrypt
    4. Sidebar: Revocation
  3. Protocols and cipher suites
    1. Protocol security
    2. Key exchange strength
    3. Forward security
    4. Cipher suite configuration
    5. Practical work:
      1. Secure web server configuration
      2. Server testing using SSL Labs
    6. Sidebar: Server Name indication (SNI)
    7. Sidebar: Performance considerations
  4. HTTPS topics
    1. Man in the middle attacks
    2. Mixed content
    3. Cookie security
    4. CRIME: Information leakage via compression
    5. HTTP Strict Transport Security
    6. Content Security Policy
    7. HTTP Public Key Pinning
    8. Practical work:
      1. Deploying HSTS to deploy robust encryption
      2. Deploying CSP to deal with mixed content
  5. Putting it all together: Getting A+ in SSL Labs

We will also provide you with many additional exercises that you can work on in your own time. You'll be able to ask us for help via email. And if you're already familiar with the basics, we'll challenge you with some of the advanced exercises on the day.

Meet the Trainer

Scott Helme is a security researcher, consultant and international speaker. He can often be found talking about web security and performance online and helping organisations better deploy both.

Founder of report-uri.io, a free CSP report collection service, and securityheaders.io, a free security analyser, Scott has a tendency to always be involved in building something new and exciting. As a result, he is currently working with Ivan on Hardenize!

Meet the Author

Ivan Ristić is a security researcher, engineer, and author, known especially for his contributions to the web application firewall field and development of ModSecurity, an open source web application firewall, and for his SSL/TLS and PKI research, tools and guides published on the SSL Labs web site.

He is the author of three books, Apache Security, ModSecurity Handbook, and Bulletproof SSL and TLS, which he publishes via Feisty Duck, his own platform for continuous writing and publishing. Ivan is an active participant in the security community and you'll often find him speaking at security conferences such as Black Hat, RSA, OWASP AppSec, and others. He is currently working on his latest exciting project - Hardenize.

London Venue:
CodeNode, 10 South Place
London EC2M 7EB

Manchester Venue:
The Landing, Blue Tower, 6th Floor
SpaceSpace room, MediaCityUK
Salford Quays M50 2ST

Level: Intermediate

Duration: 1 day

Extras: Lunch and refreshments included

Free Book: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

About a month prior to the course we'll send you a digital copy of Bulletproof SSL and TLS, our comprehensive guide to SSL/TLS and Internet PKI. You'll get the paper copy on the day. We'll also give you a bunch of exercises and a hardcopy of the slides.

What You Need to Know

Target audience

This course is for system administrators, developers, and IT security professionals, who want to learn how to protect their systems from eavesdropping and impersonation attacks.

Prerequisites

  • Basic Linux command line skills: moving about, invoking commands, editing configuration files.
  • A laptop with a SSH client, which you will only need to connect to your assigned virtual server.
  • You should be comfortable using a Unix editor.

We'll provide you with your own virtual server and a sample web application to work on throughout the course.

In-house Training

This course is also available as an on-site option. Please contact us for more information.