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Cybersecurity Foundations

 

In this cybersecurity course, you will gain a global perspective of the challenges of designing a secure system, touching on all the cyber roles needed to provide a cohesive security solution. Through lecture, labs, and breakout discussion groups, you will learn about current threat trends across the Internet and their impact on organizational security. You will review standard cybersecurity terminology and compliance requirements, examine sample exploits, and gain hands-on experience mitigating controls. In a contained lab environment, you will work with live viruses, including botnets, worms, and Trojans.

  • Current cyber threats and cybersecurity site references
  • Government-mandated directives and compliance requirements
  • Cyber roles required to successfully design secure systems
  • The attack cycle perpetrated by malicious hackers
  • Enterprise policy requirements
  • Best strategies for securing the enterprise with layered defenses
  • How security zones and detailed logging augment information assurance
  • Forensic challenges and incident response planning
  • Risk management process
  • Goals achievable with auditing, scanning, and testing systems
  • Industry recommendations for maintaining secure access control
  • Standards-based cryptographic solutions for securing communications

Cybersecurity professionals, including security analysts, intel analysts, policy analysts, security operations personnel, network administrators, system integrators, VARS, and security consultants

TCP/IP Networking or equivalent knowledge

1. Cybersecurity Awareness

  • What is security?
  • Confidentiality, integrity, and availability
  • Security baselining
  • Security concerns: Humans
  • Types of threats
  • Security controls
  • What is hacking?
  • Risk management
  • Data in motion vs. data at rest
  • Module review

2. Network Discovery

  • Networking review
  • Discovery, footprinting, and scanning
  • Common vulnerabilities and exposures
  • Security policies
  • Vulnerabilities
  • Module review

3. Systems Hardening

  • What is hardening?
  • Types of systems that can be hardened
  • Security baselines
  • How to harden systems
  • Hardening systems by role
  • Mobile devices
  • Hardening on the network
  • Analysis tools
  • Authentication, authorization, and accounting
  • Physical security
  • Module review

4. Security Architecture

  • Security architecture
  • Network devices
  • Network zones
  • Network segmentation
  • Network Address Translation
  • Network Access Control
  • Module review

5. Data Security

  • Cryptography
  • Principles of permissions
  • Steganography
  • Module review

6. Public Key Infrastructure

  • Public key infrastructure
  • Certification authorities
  • Enabling trust
  • Certificates
  • CA management
  • Module review

7. Identity Management

  • What is identity management?
  • Personally identifiable information
  • Authentication factors
  • Directory services
  • Kerberos
  • Windows NT LAN Manager
  • Password policies
  • Cracking passwords
  • Password assessment tools
  • Password managers
  • Group accounts
  • Service accounts
  • Federated identities
  • Identity as a Service
  • Module review

8. Network Hardening

  • Limiting remote admin access
  • AAA: Administrative access
  • Simple Network Management Protocol
  • Network segmentation
  • Limiting physical access
  • Establishing secure access
  • Network devices
  • Fundamental device protection summary
  • Traffic filtering best practices
  • Module review

9. Malware

  • What is malware?
  • Infection methods
  • Types of malware
  • Backdoors
  • Countermeasures
  • Protection tools
  • Module review

10. Social Engineering

  • What is social engineering?
  • Social engineering targets
  • Social engineering attacks
  • Statistical data
  • Information harvesting
  • Preventing social engineering
  • Cyber awareness: Policies and procedures
  • Social media
  • Module review

11. Software Security

  • Software engineering
  • Security guidelines
  • Software vulnerabilities
  • Module review

12. Environment Monitoring

  • Monitoring
  • Monitoring vs. logging
  • Monitoring/logging benefits
  • Logging
  • Metrics
  • Module review

13. Physical Security

  • What is physical security?
  • Defense in depth
  • Types of physical security controls
  • Device security
  • Human security
  • Security policies
  • Equipment tracking
  • Module review

14. Incident Response

  • Disaster types
  • Incident investigation tips
  • Business continuity planning
  • Disaster recovery plan
  • Forensic incident response
  • Module review

15. Legal Considerations

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Cybercrime
  • Module review

16. Trends in Cybersecurity

  • Cybersecurity design constraints
  • Cyber driving forces
  • How connected are you?
  • How reliant on connectivity are you?
  • Identity management
  • Cybersecurity standards
  • Cybersecurity training

17. Course Look Around

  • Looking back
  • Looking forward
  • Planning your journey