Overview

Our digitised society has transformed cybercrime and cyber-enabled fraud into a major revenue stream for organised crime groups (OCG). Action Fraud reports that 80% of reported frauds are cyber-enabled; they could have taken place offline, but their scale, reach and impact have been expanded using online services and digital technology.

Ransomware and the cost of cybercrime is already up a percent of global GDP, over £500 billion a year. The global cybercrime epidemic shows every sign of continuing to rampage through every global economy. This National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) assured course will give you a good understanding of a number of important topics needed as a Cybercrime Specialist, including:

  • How a computer works and what its fundamental components are
  • How do computers communicate via networks and what protocols are used
  • What is binary and why do we use hex and not decimal
  • Fundamentals of encryption, cloud and virtualisation
  • An introduction to digital forensics and why the integrity of data is paramount no matter what your role
  • An understanding of the Computer Misuse Act and Data Protection and why they are important
  • Cybercrime threats and cybercrime offences

The follow-on course in the cybercrime pathway is the Cybercrime Investigators course.

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Prerequisites

None.

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Delegates will learn how to

This National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) accredited five-day course will give delegates a good understanding of a number of important topics needed as a Cybercrime Specialist, including:

  • How a computer works and what its fundamental components are
  • How do computers communicate via networks and what protocols are used
  • What is binary and why do we use hex and not decimal
  • Fundamentals of encryption, cloud and virtualisation
  • An introduction to digital forensics and why the integrity of data is paramount no matter what your role
  • An understanding of the Computer Misuse Act and Data Protection and why they are important
  • Cybercrime threats and cybercrime offences

The course includes a real-time ransomware simulation exercise.

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Outline

Module 1 – Computing Concepts & Operating Systems

  • To explain computer system components
  • Describe the differences between magnetic hard drives and solid state drives
  • To explain the different characteristics of operating systems
  • What file systems are used and what data is contained
  • What is a RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks)
  • What is serverless computing?

Exercise - How to create user accounts

Module 2 – Networking Protocols & Network Security

  • To explain how networks function?
  • How data travels the network?
  • Logical address (IP4 and IP6)
  • What security protocols can be applied on the network and what they are?
  • What are the different types of Firewalls and Gateways and how they work?

Exercise - Use CLI for diagnostic purposes

Module 3 – Network Architectures & Topologies

  • Applications and Application-layer Protocols
  • What is Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and how it functions?
  • Attacks against the DHCP and mitigations
  • What is information assurance architecture?
  • Network traffic analysis

Exercise - Performing network traffic analysis

Exercise - Create and alter packets with hping3 and eavesdropping with Wireshark

Module 4 – Cloud & Virtualisation

  • What is virtualisation?
  • What is a container?
  • What is cloud computing and what technologies are used?
  • How security is applied within cloud computing
  • Breaches impacted by the cloud
  • Evidential opportunities in the cloud

Exercise - Setting up your own virtual machine

Module 5 – Principles of Digital Evidence

  • Digital evidence principles and forensic frameworks
  • Data vs Information
  • Understanding file systems
  • IoT device challenges
  • Digital forensic images
  • Windows & Linux log file analysis
  • Write blocking and best practice
  • Mobile device images
  • Digital evidence

Exercise - Windows Log Analysis

Exercise - Linux Log Analysis

Module 6 – Digital Footprints

  • Explain what information and data may be passively or actively transmitted or submitted
  • Review data we place in our digital world can easily be harvested
  • Email header analysis
  • Understand how to take care to protect our data as best as we can
  • Discuss social networks, know how to lockdown accounts
  • Practice good passphrase management
  • Password cracking

Exercise - Windows Defender Firewall

Exercise - Linux Firewalls

Exercise - Windows Defender

Exercise - Email headers

Module 7 – Digital Currency Concepts

  • How bitcoin and virtual currencies work
  • How the block chain works
  • What is Proof of work?
  • Identifying other cryptocurrencies

Exercise - Bitcoin Technologies

Exercise - Bitcoin in crime

Exercise - Auditing a bitcoin transaction

Module 8 – Cyber Attacks & Cyber Offences

  • Cyber dependant and enabled crime
  • Cyber exploits and vulnerability scanning
  • Malware
  • Denial of Service
  • Combating threats
  • Advanced threat analysis

Exercise - Nmap and Zenmap

Exercise - Vulnerability Scanning with Nikto

Exercise - Advanced Network Scanning with SPARTA

Exercise - Denial-of-Service using LOIC

Exercise - Advanced Persistent Threat Analysis

Exercise - Honeypots

Module 9 – Encryption

  • To explain the uses of encryption technologies
  • Describe conventional encryption principles
  • To explain cipher classification
  • Asymmetric and Symmetric encryption
  • PKI and Certificate Authorities
  • Digital Signatures
  • Hashing scenarios
  • Ubiquitous encryption

Exercise - Hashing Scenario

Exercise - Digital Certificates

Module 10 – Introduction to Neurodiversity

  • What is neurodiversity?
  • Common neurodivergent thinking styles
  • Benefits of neurodivergent thinking styles
  • Challenges of neurodivergent thinking styles
  • Neurodiversity and Cybercrime

National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) Assured Training Exam, taken post course.

  • Online proctored exam taken post-course
  • Duration - 70 minutes
  • Questions 50, multiple choice (4 multiple choice answers only 1 of which is correct)
  • Pass mark 50%
  • Digital badge - Certified Cybercrime Specialist
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You will be issued with the Cyber Exercise Responder digital badge, upon completing the gamified CyberFish Dojo cyber ransomware attack simulation exercise, which is included within your course as a capstone knowledge consolidation exercise.

Special Notices

This course is accredited under the NCSC Cybersecurity Assured training scheme.

Dates & Locations

Cyber Security learning paths

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