• Classroom
  • Online, Instructor-Led
  • Online, Self-Paced
Course Description

Mile2's IS 20 Controls course covers proven 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) though highly effective and economical automation. For management, this training is the best way to distinguish how you will assess whether these security controls are effectively being administered.

Course Value:

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 attacks work and what can be done 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.


Experts began to compile the so-called Top 20 Security Controls list (Consensus Audit Guidelines) in 2008 after a series of U.S. defense industry companies suffered a series of severe loss of data, due to various cyber-attacks. With these attacks on the rise, it compelled many federal cyber-attack and defense experts to collaborate their understanding and knowledge of these malicious attack techniques, which were being used against both government and corporate industries alike. This collaboration resulted in the known top 20 lists of known security controls needed to ensure the integrity of organizational assets.

This 3-day course retails for $2,000 and is delivered via: classroom or live online.

Learning Objectives


I. Course Introduction

II. Critical Control 1: Inventory of Authorized and Unauthorized Devices

III. Critical Control 2: Inventory of Authorized and Unauthorized Software

IV. Critical Control 3: Secure Configurations for Hardware and Software on Laptops, Workstations, and Servers

V. Critical Control 4: Secure Configurations for Network Devices such as Firewalls, Routers, and Switches

VI. Critical Control 5: Boundary Defense

VII. Critical Control 6: Maintenance, Monitoring, and Analysis of Audit Logs

VIII. Critical Control 7: Application Software Security

IX. Critical Control 8: Controlled Use of Administrative Privileges

X. Critical Control 9: Controlled Access Based on Need to Know

XI. Critical Control 10: Continuous Vulnerability Assessment and Remediation

XII. Critical Control 11: Account Monitoring and Control

XIII. Critical Control 12: Malware Defenses

XIV. Critical Control 13: Limitation and Control of Network Ports, Protocols, and Services

XV. Critical Control 14: Wireless Device Control

XVI. Critical Control 15: Data Loss Prevention

XVII. Critical Control 16: Secure Network Engineering

XVIII. Critical Control 17: Penetration Tests and Red Team Exercises

XIX. Critical Control 18: Incident Response Capability

XX. Critical Control 19: Data Recovery Capability

XXI. Critical Control 20: Security Skills Assessment and Appropriate Training to Fill Gaps

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the NICE Framework Task, Knowledge, and Skill statements identified within the indicated NICE Framework component(s):

Specialty Areas

  • Cyber Defense Analysis
  • Cyber Defense Infrastructure Support
  • Cybersecurity Management
  • Program/Project Management and Acquisition
  • Systems Administration