CyberSec First Responder: Threat Detection and Response

Course Length: Five Days

Target Student
This course is designed for information assurance professionals who perform job functions related to the development, operation, management, and enforcement of security capabilities for systems and networks.
This course is also designed for students who are seeking to fulfill DoD directive 8570.01 for information assurance (IA) training. This program is designed for personnel performing IA functions, establishing IA policies and implementing security measures and procedures for the Department of Defense and affiliated information systems and networks.

Prerequisites
To ensure your success in this course you should have the following requirements:
• Recommended at least 2 years of experience in computer network security technology or a related field.
• Recognize information security vulnerabilities and threats in the context of risk management.
• Operate at a foundational level some of the common operating systems for computing environments.
• Foundational 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.
• Operate at a foundational level some of common concepts for network environments, such as routing and switching.
• 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 (virtual private networks).

You can obtain this level of skills and knowledge by taking the following Logical Operations courses or by passing the relevant exams:
CompTIA A+
CompTIA Network+
CompTIA Security+

Course Objectives
In this course, you will develop, operate, manage, and enforce security capabilities for systems and networks. You will:
• Assess information security risk in computing and network environments
• Create an information assurance lifecycle process
• Analyze threats to computing and network environments
• Design secure computing and network environments
• Operate secure computing and network environments
• Assess the security posture within a risk management framework
• Collect cybersecurity intelligence information
• Respond to cybersecurity incidents
• Investigate cybersecurity incidents
• Audit secure computing and network environments

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Assessing Information Security Risk
Topic A: Identify the Importance of Risk Management
• Identify the strategic value of risk management in the context of information assurance.
Topic B: Assess Risk
• Compare risk assessment methodologies and delineate guidelines to use them in assessing risk.
Topic C: Mitigate Risk
• Translate risk assessment into specific strategies for mitigation.
Topic D: Integrate Documentation into Risk Management
• Implement sound documentation for your risk management strategy.

Lesson 2: Creating an Information Assurance Lifecycle Process
Topic A: Evaluate Information Assurance Lifecycle Models
• Evaluate the different information assurance lifecycle models.
Topic B: Align Information Security Operations to the Information Assurance Lifecycle
• Align information security operations to the information assurance lifecycle.
Topic C: Align Information Assurance and Compliance Regulations
• Plan information assurance programs within the context of compliance requirements.

Lesson 3: Analyzing Threats to Computing and Network Environments
Topic A: Identify Threat Analysis Models
• Identify threat analysis models.
Topic B: Assess the Impact of Reconnaissance Incidents
• Assess the impact of reconnaissance incidents.
Topic C: Assess the Impact of Systems Hacking Attacks
• Assess the impact of system hacking attacks.
Topic D: Assess the Impact of Malware
• Assess the impact of malware.
Topic E: Assess the Impact of Hijacking and Impersonation Attacks
• Assess the impact of hijacking and impersonation attacks.
Topic F: Assess the Impact of Denial of Service Incidents
• Assess the impact of denial of service incidents.
Topic G: Assess the Impact of Threats to Mobile Infrastructure
• Assess the impact of threats to mobile infrastructure.
Topic H: Assess the Impact of Threats to Cloud Infrastructures
• Assess the impact of threats to cloud infrastructures.

Lesson 4: Designing Secure Computing and Network Environments
Topic A: Information Security Architecture Design Principles
• Identify and compare strategies for security architecture design.
Topic B: Design Access Control Mechanisms
• Develop policies, standards, and procedures that define who users are, what they can do, which resources and information they can access, and what operations they can perform on a system.
Topic C: Design Cryptographic Security Controls
• Develop design guidelines for protection of information using cryptographic techniques.
Topic D: Design Application Security
• Develop design guidelines for protection of application environments.
Topic E: Design Computing Systems Security
• Develop design guidelines for protection of computing environments.
Topic F: Design Network Security
• Develop design guidelines for protection of network environments.

Lesson 5: Operating Secure Computing and Network Environments
Topic A: Implement Change Management in Security Operations
• Implement change management practices in security operations.
Topic B: Implement Monitoring in Security Operations
• Implement monitoring practices in security operations.
Topic C: Test and Evaluate Information Assurance Architectures
• Test the strength of information assurance architectures that have been put in place.

Lesson 6: Assessing the Security Posture Within a Risk Management Framework
Topic A: Deploy a Vulnerability Assessment and Management Platform
• Design and implement a system to conduct vulnerability assessments.
Topic B: Conduct Vulnerability Assessments
• Analyze collected information to identify vulnerabilities and potential for exploitation.
Topic C: Conduct Penetration Tests on Network Assets
• Conduct authorized penetration tests as a tool for vulnerability and security posture assessment.
Topic D: Analyze and Report Penetration Test Results
• Analyze and report the results of a penetration test, and make mitigation recommendations.

Lesson 7: Collecting Cybersecurity Intelligence Information
Topic A: Deploy a Security Intelligence Collection and Analysis Platform
• Design and implement a system of cybersecurity intelligence collection and analysis.
Topic B: Collect Data from Security Intelligence Sources
• Collect data from the disparate sources of security intelligence.
Topic C: Establish Baselines and Make Sense of Collected Data
• Establish baselines and make sense of collected data.

Lesson 8: Analyzing Cybersecurity Intelligence Information
Topic A: Analyze Security Intelligence to Address Incidents
• Analyze security events by identifying symptoms and causes, and determine threat/risk levels.
Topic B: Incorporate Security Intelligence and Event Management
• Incorporate a security intelligence and event management system into the analysis process.

Lesson 9: Responding to Cybersecurity Incidents
Topic A: Deploy an Incident Handling and Response Architecture
• Design and implement a system to respond to urgent situations by mitigating immediate and potential threats.
Topic B: Perform Real-Time Incident Handling Tasks
• Work within the incident response team to implement incident-handling methods.
Topic C: Prepare for Forensic Investigation
• Prepare to move from the incident response phase to the post-mortem forensic investigation phase.

Lesson 10: Investigating Cybersecurity Incidents
Topic A: Create a Forensics Investigation Plan
• Create a plan for performing forensic investigations after incidents occur.
Topic B: Securely Collect Electronic Evidence
• Collect electronic evidence in a secure manner to prevent tampering or compromise.
Topic C: Identify the Who, Why, and How of an Incident
• Using electronic evidence gathered, identify the source of an incident, how it was carried out, and the motives involved.
Topic D: Follow Up on the Results of an Investigation
• Implement measures to follow up on an investigation, including documenting the incident, preparing legal action, drafting lessons-learned reports, and more.

Lesson 11: Auditing Secure Computing and Network Environments
Topic A: Deploy a Systems and Processes Auditing Architecture
• Design and implement an audit methodology that considers assets in the context of risk management, compliance regulations, and IT governance.
Topic B: Maintain a Deployable Audit Toolkit
• Select and use an integrated set of tools to audit computing and network environments.
Topic C: Perform Audits Geared Toward the Information Assurance Lifecycle
• Implement audit methods in the context of an organization’s information assurance systems.