- Aspiring information security personnel who wish to be part of an incident response team
- Existing practitioners wishing to become CREST Registered
- System administrators who are responding to attacks
- Incident handlers who wish to expand their knowledge into Digital Forensics
- Government departments who wish to raise and baseline skills across all security teams
- Law enforcement officers or detectives who want to expand their investigative skills
- Information security managers who would like to brush up on the latest techniques and processes in order to understand information security implications
- Anyone meeting the pre-requisites who is considering a career in Intrusion Analysis or Digital Forensics
A good appreciation of the technical aspects of ICT and one year’s experience in network / server technical administration / operations. QAFCCS and or CISMP is recommended.
The course consists of six modules:
- Module 1 – Soft Skills and Incident Handling
- Module 2 – Core Technical Skills
- Module 3 – Background Information Gathering & Open Source
- Module 4 – Network Intrusion Analysis
- Module 5 – Analysing Host Intrusions
- Module 6 – Reverse Engineering Malware
- Module 7 – CPIA exam preparation, CPIA mock exam
Continual assessment, with topic quizzes and module tests, ensure that you understand the knowledge and learn the skills delivered in each module.
MODULE 1 - Soft Skills and Incident Handling
- Engagement Lifecycle Management
- Incident Chronology
- Law & Compliance
- Record Keeping, Interim Reporting & Final Results
- Threat Assessment
MODULE 2 - Core Technical Skills
- IP Protocols
- Network Architectures
- Common Classes of Tools
- OS Fingerprinting
- Application Fingerprinting
- Network Access Control Analysis
- Applications of Cryptography
- File System Permissions
- Host Analysis Techniques
- Understanding Common Data Formats
MODULE 3 - Background Information Gathering & Open Source
- Registration Records
- Domain Name Server (DNS)
- Open Source Investigation and Web Enumeration
- Extraction of Document Meta Data
- Community Knowledge
MODULE 4 - Network Intrusion Analysis
- Network Traffic Capture
- Data Sources and Network Log Sources
- Network Configuration Security Issues
- Unusual Protocol Behaviour
- Command and Control Channels
- Exfiltration of Data
- Incoming Attacks
- Internal Spread and Privilege Escalation
- False Positive Acknowledgement
MODULE 5 - Analysing Host Intrusions
- Host-Based Data Acquisition
- Live Analysis Laboratory Set-up
- Windows File System Essentials
- Windows File Structures
- Application File Structures
- Windows Registry Essentials
- Identifying Suspect Files
- Storage Media
- Memory Analysis
- Infection Vectors
- Malware Behaviours and Anti-Forensics
- Rootkit Identification
- Live Malware Analysis
MODULE 6 - Reverse Engineering Malware
- Windows Anti-Reverse Engineering
- Functionality Identification
- Windows NT Architecture
- Windows API Development
- Binary code structure
- Cryptographic Techniques
- Processor Architectures
- Windows Executable File Formats
- Hiding Techniques
- Malware Reporting
- Binary Obfuscation
- Behavioural Analysis
MODULE 7 - CPIA Exam Preparation & Mock Exam
- CPIA- Examination Guidance
- CPIA- Mock Examination
EXAM - Booked directly via CREST
The CREST Practitioner Intrusion Analyst (CPIA) examination is an entry level qualification that tests a candidate’s knowledge in all three subject areas of network intrusion, host intrusion and malware reverse engineering at a basic level below that of the main
Registered and Certified qualifications.
Success will confer the CREST Practitioner status to the individual. This qualification is a prerequisite for the CREST Registered Intrusion Analyst (CRIA) examination and comprises a multiple choice written only examination.
CREST Accredited Training
CREST has assessed and accredited this training course confirming alignment with 100% of the CREST CPIA exam syllabus.
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