Thursday, May 31, 2018

ISTQB Advanced Security Tester Live Virtual Training in September 2018

I hope you can take advantage of a unique opportunity to attend live virtual training for the ISTQB Advanced Security Tester certification in September.

The dates of the course are from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EDT on Sept. 10 - 13, 2018.

I will be the instructor of the course. As chair of the ISTQB Advanced Security Tester Working Group, I can bring a unique perspective to the training and prepare you to take the exam.

Here's what you need to know:

1. This is a live virtual class that you can take from your desk or home. You will be able to interact with me, ask questions, make comments, etc.

2. This will be an intensive course with over 20 exercises. I will present some material, then we will have exercise time. At the completion of each exercise, I give my perspective about the solutions.

3. We will go over every question in the ASTQB Sample Exam after each major section in the syllabus. There are nine sections in the syllabus.

4. If you can't make all the sessions, I am also including the e-learning version at no extra cost so you can make-up any sessions needed.

5. The exam is not included in the price of the course. However, the exam can be added for $200. You can use the exam voucher at any Kryterion exam center. Please note that while anyone may take the course and gain a lot from it, in order for you to take the exam, you must first hold the ISTQB Foundation Certification (CTFL) and have 3 or more years relevant experience in software testing or a related field.

6.  The course also includes a printed workbook. Please allow 5 - 7 days for printing and shipping the book to you. If you live outside of the USA, allow 14 days to receive the book.

7. After August 31, the registration price increases by $200. So, it's best to register soon.

8. Before registering for the class, please review the course outline and ISTQB Advanced Security Tester syllabus so you will be aware of the topics we will cover. While we do cover penetration testing, this is not a class on penetration testing. This certification and course covers many aspects of cybersecurity and the testing of security defenses.

9.  You will leave the class with an increased knowledge of how to help protect your organization by testing your security defenses to ensure they are working effectively.

10.  This course is fully accredited by the ASTQB.

11.  You can register at

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me by phone (405-691-8075) or through the contact form at,453/id,1/view,formmaker/.

I hope to see you in the course!


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Upcoming Courses and Other News

I hope you have had a great week!

I recently finished teaching a two-day live virtual private course on Basic Training in Software Testing. One of the students said it sounded like I was in the room with them. We had a great time together, even though the course was virtual. They even got to hear some of my humor (tasteful, of course) and stories from the trenches of testing!

I just want to let you know there are two courses on my public live virtual schedule. Both courses are guaranteed to run. I will be the instructor for both courses.

June 19 - 21, 2018 - ISTQB Foundation Course - This will be my only live public presentation of this course this summer. It's a great opportunity to get personal live training for the ISTQB CTFL certification. To learn more and to register, please visit

August 1 and 2, 2018 - UAT Fast-Track Course - This is a two afternoon course designed to get you going in User Acceptance Testing right away. This is a complete coverage of UAT practices and processes that teaches true real-world system validation from the business user perspective. To register and learn more, please visit

QAI Quest 2018 - I will be speaking at QAI's Quest conference in San Antonio next week. This is a great conference. Great sessions, lots of networking opportunities, great food, all in the San Antonio Riverwalk area. I'll be doing my famous (or infamous) "Becoming an Influential Test Team Leader" tutorial on Monday, a test management workshop all day on Tuesday, and then on Thursday, "Building Your Credibility as a Test Leader." If you are attending, please connect and say "Hi!" It is still possible to register, but time is almost up, so act fast if you want to attend.

ASTQB Webinar - I will be conducting a free webinar on Thursday, May 24 for ASTQB on "Defining Solid Software Security Requirements". If you find defining security requirements a challenge, I will present some ideas that may help.

User stories, while helpful to define functions, are typically not detailed enough to define both intended and unintended behavior of a system, especially in the context of information security.
Unfortunately, industry metrics tell us that the great majority of software defects (security and others) can be traced back to flawed or missing requirements.

In this session, I will cover:
. The lifecycle view of software requirements and security
. Stakeholder involvement in gathering and documenting requirements for software security
. The importance of clearly defining the security aspects of a system
. How to drive the scope of requirements by understanding known threats and available defenses
. How to define “misuse cases”
. How to revise and maintain software requirements when threats change, new threats emerge or new features are added to the system

You may register for the live webinar at

Please note that these sessions fill up very fast and if you are able to register, it's a good   idea to show up 10 - 15 minutes early to make sure you can get a spot. There are limited slots available. (This webinar will be recorded and made available on the ASTQB website following the webinar.)

Finally...One of the great rewards in being a trainer and consultant is to see people succeed in building their careers. One story in particular is that of Tammy Khan, who has achieved 11 ISTQB/ASTQB certifications since last fall. It was my pleasure to help her in that effort. Way to go, Tammy! You can read her story here -

Feel free to contact me with any questions by just replying to this e-mail.

I would love to see you at one of these events!