This 5 day course covers the duties of those who are responsible for monitoring and detecting security incidents in information systems and networks, and for executing a proper response to such incidents. Depending on the size of the  organization, this individual may act alone or may be a member of a computer security incident response team (CSIRT). The course introduces strategies, frameworks, methodologies, and tools to manage cybersecurity risks, identify various types of common threats, design and operate secure computing and networking environments, assess and audit the organization’s security, collect and analyze cybersecurity intelligence, and handle incidents as they occur. The course also covers closely related information assurance topics such as auditing and forensics to provide a sound basis for a comprehensive approach to security aimed toward those on the front lines of defense.


This course is designed for cybersecurity practitioners who perform job functions related to protecting and defending information systems by ensuring their availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation. This course focuses on the knowledge, ability, and skills necessary to provide for the restoration of those information systems in a cybersecurity context including protection, detection, investigation, reaction, response, and auditing capabilities.

This course is also designed to assist students in preparing for the CyberSec First Responder: Threat Detection and Response (Exam CFR-101) certification examination. What you learn and practice in this course can be a significant part of your preparation.

In addition, this course can help students who are looking 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.


To ensure your success in this course you should have the following requirements:

  • At least two years (recommended) 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 the 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 virtual private networks (VPNs).

You can obtain this level of skills and knowledge by taking the following courses

  • CompTIA® A+®: A Comprehensive Approach (Exams 200-801 and 220-802)
  • CompTIA® Network+® (Exam N10-005)
  • CompTIA® Security+® (Exam SY0-401)

 After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • 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.
  • Analyze collected intelligence to define actionable response.
  • Respond to cybersecurity incidents.
  • Investigate cybersecurity incidents.
  • Audit secure computing and network environments.

Lesson 1: Assessing Information Security 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: Creating an Information Assurance Lifecycle Process

Topic A: Evaluate Information Assurance Lifecycle Models

Topic B: Align Information Security Operations to the Information Assurance Lifecycle

Topic C: Align Information Assurance and Compliance Regulations

Lesson 3: Analyzing Threats to Computing and Network Environments

Topic A: Identify Threat Analysis Models

Topic B: Assess the Impact of Reconnaissance Incidents

Topic C: Assess the Impact of Systems Hacking Attacks

Topic D: Assess the Impact of Malware

Topic E: Assess the Impact of Hijacking and Impersonation Attacks

Topic F: Assess the Impact of DoS Incidents

Topic G: Assess the Impact of Threats to Mobile Security Topic

H: Assess the Impact of Threats to Cloud Security

Lesson 4: Designing Secure Computing and Network Environments

Topic A: Information Security Architecture Design Principles

Topic B: Design Access Control Mechanisms

Topic C: Design Cryptographic Security Controls

Topic D: Design Application Security

Topic E: Design Computing Systems Security

Topic F: Design Network Security

Lesson 5: Operating Secure Computing and Network Environments

Topic A: Implement Change Management in Security Operations

Topic B: Implement Monitoring in Security Operations

Lesson 6: Assessing the Security Posture Within a Risk Management Framework

Topic A: Deploy a Vulnerability Management Platform

Topic B: Conduct Vulnerability Assessments

Topic C: Conduct Penetration Tests on Network Assets

Topic D: Follow Up on Penetration Testing

Lesson 7: Collecting Cybersecurity Intelligence Information

Topic A: Deploy a Security Intelligence Collection and Analysis Platform

Topic B: Collect Data from Security Intelligence Sources

Lesson 8: Analyzing Cybersecurity Intelligence Information

Topic A: Analyze Security Intelligence to Address Incidents

Topic B: Use SIEM Tools for Analysis

Lesson 9: Responding to Cybersecurity Incidents

Topic A: Deploy an Incident Handling and Response Architecture

Topic B: Perform Real-Time Incident Handling Tasks

Topic C: Prepare for Forensic Investigation

Lesson 10: Investigating Cybersecurity Incidents

Topic A: Create a Forensic Investigation Plan

Topic B: Securely Collect Electronic Evidence

Topic C: Identify the Who, Why, and How of an Incident

Topic D: Follow Up on the Results of an Investigation

Lesson 11: Auditing Secure Computing and Network Environments

Topic A: Deploy a Systems and Processes Auditing Architecture

Topic B: Prepare for Audits

Topic C: Perform Audits Geared Toward the Information Assurance Lifecycle

Appendix A: List of Security Resources

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