Overview

This course covers network defence and incident response methods, tactics, and procedures are taught in alignment with industry frameworks such as NIST 800-61 r.2 (Computer Security Incident Handling), US-CERT’s NCISP (National Cyber Incident Response Plan), and Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 41 on Cyber Incident Coordination Policy. It is ideal for candidates who have been tasked with the responsibility of monitoring and detecting security incidents in information systems and networks, and for executing standardized responses to such incidents.

The course introduces tools, tactics, and procedures to manage cybersecurity risks, identify various types of common threats, evaluate the organization's security, collect and analyse cybersecurity intelligence and remediate and report incidents as they occur.

This course provides a comprehensive methodology for individuals responsible for defending the cybersecurity of their organization. This course is designed to assist students in preparing for the CertNexus CyberSec First Responder (Exam CFR-310) certification examination. What you learn and practice in this course can be a significant part of your preparation.

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Prerequisites

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

  • Foundational knowledge of the concepts and operational framework of common assurance safeguards in network environments.
  • General knowledge of the concepts and operational framework of common assurance safeguards in computing environments.
  • Foundation-level skills with some of the common operating systems for computing environments.
  • General or practical knowledge of major TCP/IP networking protocols.
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Objectives

In this course, you will understand, assess and respond to security threats and operate a system and network security analysis platform.

You will:

  • Compare and contrast various threats and classify threat profile
  • Explain the purpose and use of attack tools and technique
  • Explain the purpose and use of post exploitation tools and tactic
  • Explain the purpose and use of social engineering tactic
  • Given a scenario, perform ongoing threat landscape research and use data to prepare for incident
  • Explain the purpose and characteristics of various data source
  • Given a scenario, use appropriate tools to analyse log
  • Given a scenario, use regular expressions to parse log files and locate meaningful data
  • Given a scenario, use Windows tools to analyse incidents
  • Given a scenario, use Linux-based tools to analyse incidents
  • Summarize methods and tools used for malware analysis
  • Given a scenario, analyse common indicators of potential compromise
  • Explain the importance of best practices in preparation for incident response
  • Given a scenario, execute incident response process
  • Explain the importance of concepts that are unique to forensic analysis
  • Explain general mitigation methods and devices
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Outline

Module 1: Assessment of Information Security Risks

  • Topic A: The Importance of Risk Management
  • Topic B: Assess Risk
  • Topic C: Mitigate Risk
  • Topic D: Integrating Documentation into Risk Management

Module 2: Analysing the Threat Landscape

  • Topic A: Classify Threats and Threat Profiles
  • Topic B: Perform Ongoing Threat Research

Module 3: Computing and Network Environments: Analysing Reconnaissance Threats

  • Topic A: Implementation of Threat Modelling
  • Topic B: Reconnaissance: Assessing the Impact
  • Topic C: Social Engineering: Assessing the Impact

Module 4: Analysing Attacks on Computing and Network Environments

  • Topic A: System Hacking Attacks: Assessing the Impact
  • Topic B: Web-Based Attacks: Assessing the Impact
  • Topic C: Malware: Assessing the Impact
  • Topic D: Hijacking and Impersonation Attacks: Assessing the Impact
  • Topic E: DoS Incidents: Assessing the Impact
  • Topic F: Threats to Mobile Security: Assessing the Impact
  • Topic G: Threats to Cloud Security: Assessing the Impact

Module 5: Examining Post-Attack Techniques

  • Topic A: Examine Command and Control Techniques
  • Topic B: Examine Persistence Techniques
  • Topic C: Examine Lateral Movement and Pivoting Techniques
  • Topic D: Examine Data Exfiltration Techniques
  • Topic E: Examine Anti-Forensics Techniques

Module 6: Manage Vulnerabilities in the Organization

  • Topic A: Implement a Vulnerability Management Plan
  • Topic B: Examine Common Vulnerabilities
  • Topic C: Conduct Vulnerability Scans

Module 7: Evaluate Security by Implementing Penetration Testing

  • Topic A: Conduct Penetration Tests on Network Assets
  • Topic B: Follow Up on Penetration Testing

Module 8: Collecting Cybersecurity Intelligence

  • Topic A: Deployment of a Security Intelligence Collection and Analysis Platform
  • Topic B: Data Collection from Network-Based Intelligence Sources
  • Topic C: Data Collection from Host-Based Intelligence Sources

Module 9: Analyse Log Data

  • Topic A: Common Tools to Analyse Logs
  • Topic B: SIEM Tools for Analysis

Module 10: Performing Active Asset and Network Analysis

  • Topic A: Analyse Incidents using Windows-Based Tools
  • Topic B: Analyse Incidents using Linux-Based Tools
  • Topic C: Analyse Malware
  • Topic D: Analyse Indicators of Compromise

Module 11: Response to Cybersecurity Incidents

  • Topic A: Deployment of Incident Handling and Response Architecture
  • Topic B: Containment and Mitigation of Incidents
  • Topic C: Preparation for Forensic Investigation as a CSIRT

Module 12: Investigating Cybersecurity Incidents

  • Topic A: Use a Forensic Investigation Plan
  • Topic B: Securely Collect and Analyse Electronic Evidence
  • Topic C: Follow Up on the Results of an Investigation
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