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Continuing IT Training Program - Virtualization

Last Updated: January 29, 2024

Program Overview

Examiners will be introduced to different versions of ESX, practices for securing ESX servers, access to the management console, ESX logging and other configuration issues that ensure ESX virtual server hosts are secure and stable.  Students will similarly review Hyper-V and best practices for securing a Hyper-V environment.  The course will tie all of these concepts together with the formulation of a suggested audit program of ESX/Hyper-V and the virtual server environment.  Case studies using a combination of live demonstrations and exercises will reinforce important virtualization concepts and associated audit points addressed in real audit projects to better prepare IT examiners for virtualization reviews at banks being examined.

Key Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe virtualization basics;
  • Discuss hardware virtualization considerations, clustering, and back-up strategies;
  • Explain the components of a successful audit program;
  • Describe the key elements in planning for disaster recovery;
  • Explain how virtualization fits in with existing guidance; and,
  • Discuss the latest hypervisor attacks and potential areas of concern.

Instructional Format

Facilitated classroom discussion and lectures


Four and one-half days



Target Audience

Examiners or ITEAs who will lead or participate on level B and A examinations.

This course is open to appropriate staff of the FDIC and partner government regulatory agencies. This course is not open to the public or staff of private banks.


Participant should have attended the following:

  • ITEC
  • Introduction to Security
  • Introduction to Telecommunications and Networking, and
  • Deploying Internet and Intranet Firewalls

Pre-Course Assignment


Special Requirements


Post-Course Feedback



This course may provide CPE/CEU credits; however, any credits offered will be handled by the vendor.

More Information

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