Comptia Security Plus Mock Test Q100

Matt, a security administrator, wants to configure all the switches and routers in the network in order to securely monitor their status. Which of the following protocols would he need to configure on each device?

A. SMTP
B. SNMPv3
C. IPSec
D. SNMP

Correct Answer: B
Section: Network Security

Explanation
Currently, SNMP is predominantly used for monitoring and performance management. SNMPv3 defines a secure version of SNMP and also facilitates remote configuration of the SNMP entities.

Incorrect Answers:
A: SMTP is the email-forwarding protocol used on the Internet and intranets.

C: IPSec provides for encryption security using symmetric cryptography. This means communication partners use shared secret keys to encrypt and decrypt traffic over the IPSec VPN
link.

D: You can use SNMP to interact with several network devices to acquire status information, performance data, statistics, and configuration details via a management console.

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simple_Network_Management_Protocol
Stewart, James Michael, CompTIA Security+ Review Guide, Sybex, Indianapolis, 2014, pp. 40, 42, 50