This course covers network defense and incident response methods, tactics, and procedures that are in alignment with industry frameworks such as NIST 800-61r2 (Computer Security Incident Handling Guide), US-CERT's National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP), and Presidential Policy Directive (PPD)-41 on Cyber Incident Coordination. It is ideal for candidates who have been tasked with the responsibility of monitoring and detecting security incidents in information systems and networks, and for executing standardized responses to such incidents.


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Learning Objectives

In this course, you will identify, assess, respond to, and protect against security threats and operate a system and network security analysis platform. You will:

Assess cybersecurity risks to the organization.
Analyze the threat landscape.
Analyze various reconnaissance threats to computing and network environments.
Analyze various attacks on computing and network environments.
Analyze various post-attack techniques.
Assess the organization's security posture through auditing, vulnerability management, and penetration testing.
Collect cybersecurity intelligence from various network-based and host-based sources.
Analyze log data to reveal evidence of threats and incidents.
Perform active asset and network analysis to detect incidents.
Respond to cybersecurity incidents using containment, mitigation, and recovery tactics.
Investigate cybersecurity incidents using forensic analysis techniques.

  • Lesson 1: Assessing Cybersecurity Risk

  • Topic A: Identify the Importance of Risk Management
    Topic B: Assess Risk
    Topic C: Mitigate Risk
    Topic D: Integrate Documentation into Risk Management

  • Lesson 2: Analyzing the Threat Landscape

  • Topic A: Classify Threats
    Topic B: Analyze Trends Affecting Security Posture

  • Lesson 3: Analyzing Reconnaissance Threats to Computing and Network Environments

  • Topic A: Implement Threat Modeling
    Topic B: Assess the Impact of Reconnaissance
    Topic C: Assess the Impact of Social Engineering

  • Lesson 4: Analyzing Attacks on Computing and Network Environments

  • Topic A: Assess the Impact of System Hacking Attacks
    Topic B: Assess the Impact of Web-Based Attacks
    Topic C: Assess the Impact of Malware
    Topic D: Assess the Impact of Hijacking and Impersonation Attacks
    Topic E: Assess the Impact of DoS Incidents
    Topic F: Assess the Impact of Threats to Mobile Security
    Topic G: Assess the Impact of Threats to Cloud Security

  • Lesson 5: Analyzing Post-Attack Techniques

  • Topic A: Assess Command and Control Techniques
    Topic B: Assess Persistence Techniques
    Topic C: Assess Lateral Movement and Pivoting Techniques
    Topic D: Assess Data Exfiltration Techniques
    Topic E: Assess Anti-Forensics Techniques

  • Lesson 6: Assessing the Organization's Security Posture

  • Topic A: Implement Cybersecurity Auditing
    Topic B: Implement a Vulnerability Management Plan
    Topic C: Assess Vulnerabilities
    Topic D: Conduct Penetration Testing

  • Lesson 7: Collecting Cybersecurity Intelligence

  • Topic A: Deploy a Security Intelligence Collection and Analysis Platform
    Topic B: Collect Data from Network-Based Intelligence Sources
    Topic C: Collect Data from Host-Based Intelligence Sources

  • Lesson 8: Analyzing Log Data

  • Topic A: Use Common Tools to Analyze Logs
    Topic B: Use SIEM Tools for Analysis

  • Lesson 9: Performing Active Asset and Network Analysis

  • Topic A: Analyze Incidents with Windows-Based Tools
    Topic B: Analyze Incidents with Linux-Based Tools
    Topic C: Analyze Indicators of Compromise

  • Lesson 10: Responding to Cybersecurity Incidents

  • Topic A: Deploy an Incident Handling and Response Architecture
    Topic B: Mitigate Incidents
    Topic C: Hand Over Incident Information to a Forensic Investigation

  • Lesson 11: Investigating Cybersecurity Incidents

  • Topic A: Apply a Forensic Investigation Plan
    Topic B: Securely Collect and Analyze Electronic Evidence
    Topic C: Follow Up on the Results of an Investigation


This course is designed primarily for cybersecurity practitioners preparing for or who currently perform job functions related to protecting information systems by ensuring their availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation. It is ideal for those roles within federal contracting companies and private sector firms whose mission or strategic objectives require the execution of Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) or DoD Information Network (DoDIN) operation and incident handling. This course focuses on the knowledge, ability, and skills necessary to provide for the defense of those information systems in a cybersecurity context, including protection, detection, analysis, investigation, and response processes.




To ensure your success in this course, you should meet the following requirements: At least two years (recommended) of experience or education in computer network security technology or a related field. The ability or curiosity to recognize information security vulnerabilities and threats in the context of risk management. Foundational knowledge of the concepts and operational framework of common assurance safeguards in network environments. Safeguards include, but are not limited to, firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, and VPNs. General knowledge of the concepts and operational framework of common assurance safeguards in computing environments. Safeguards include, but are not limited to, basic authentication and authorization, resource permissions, and anti-malware mechanisms. Foundation-level skills with some of the common operating systems for computing environments. Entry-level understanding of some of the common concepts for network environments, such as routing and switching. General or practical knowledge of major TCP/IP networking protocols, including, but not limited to, TCP, IP, UDP, DNS, HTTP, ARP, ICMP, and DHCP.


Length: 5.0 days (40 hours)


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