Exam ID HP0-A12
Exam type Proctored exam taken at dedicated testing center
Exam duration 2 hours
Exam length 72 questions
Passing score 70%
Delivery languages English
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Exam description

This exam tests your skills on NonStop Security.

Ideal candidate for this exam

This exam is for the following audiences, with a minimum of three to five years’ experience on the NonStop NS-Series platforms running the H-Series or G-Series NonStop Kernal Operating System. Examples of the job roles include:
• Professional Services personnel who assist NonStop customers
• Global Customer Support Center (GCSC) personnel
• Analyst SEs or PreSales Technical Support (PSTS) personnel
• NonStop technical consultants (both internal and external), system integrators and consultant partners, authorized service channel partners and distributors, and customers authorized to service their own equipment

Exam contents

This exam has 72 questions. Here are types of questions to expect:
  • Multiple choice (multiple responses)
  • Multiple choice (single response)
  • Drag-and-drop

Advice to help you take this exam

References to the majority of questions found in this exam can be found in manuals contained in the Online TIM collections. TIM (Total Information Manager) is a single interface to all NonStop Systems documentation and support information.
External users must subscribe to the TIM CD collection. See your NonStop Representative for more information.
NOTE: TIM must be installed on your system before using the following default access settings.


This exam validates that you can successfully perform the following:

Security best practices for NonStop servers

  • Explain security policies Identify threats and prevention techniques
  • Identify the limitations when implementing security on NonStop servers
  • Describe best practices for HPE NonStop security products
  • Describe business considerations for implementing security
  • Describe administrative procedures for implementing security for NonStop servers
  • Describe the network security considerations for NonStop servers

NonStop server security concepts

  • Identify the security threats implicit within utilities
  • Explain architectural requirements for application security
  • Describe OSS security
  • Describe the security mechanisms available for Guardian
  • Describe Safeguard configuration settings
  • Describe security mechanisms available for SQL

Auditing configuration and monitoring for NonStop servers

  • Describe how to configure a Nonstop server for security auditing
  • Describe how to report on the auditing logs on a NonStop server
  • Describe significant security events and appropriate actions
  • Discuss networking-related auditing possibilities

Identify and explain NonStop access control principles

  • Describe considerations for user access control
  • Describe considerations for network access tools (FTP/TELSERV)
  • Describe access issues for OSM console operations
  • Demonstrate understanding of TCP/IP security needs

NonStop authorization principles

  • Describe authorization of users to access data on the NonStop server
  • Describe the authorization interaction between Guardian, Safeguard, and OSS
  • Describe the authorization considerations for special users

NonStop authentication principles

  • Compare and contrast the methods to authenticate a user on a NonStop system (password, hardware device, certificate)
  • Explain the difference between a system user and an application user
  • Manage users and passwords
  • Explain the inter-relationship of authentication and authorization

Confidentiality and integrity concepts

  • Ensure integrity of the operating system
  • Ensure integrity of application data and applications
  • Ensure confidentiality and integrity of data at rest and in transit

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