Course overview

The Protect & Prepare course is 5-days long and has been designed to give delegates the necessary skills to help organisations protect themselves against a cyber-attack. The course is based around the CompTIA Sec+ (601) accreditation, which is a well-respected industry qualification in cyber security.

The course is suitable for officers and staff who:

  • Have successfully completed the NPCC Cybercrime Computing and Networking Foundation Course
  • Know the function and basic features of the components of a PC
  • Use Windows to create and manage files and use basic administrative features
  • Operate the Linux OS using basic command-line tools.
  • Know basic network terminology and functions
  • Understand TCP/IP addressing and core protocols

Learning outcomes

This course will teach the fundamental principles of installing and configuring cybersecurity controls and participating in incident response and risk mitigation.

  • Detect various types of compromise and have an understanding of penetration testing and vulnerability scanning concepts
  • Install, configure, and deploy network components while assessing and troubleshooting issues to support organizational security
  • Implement secure network architecture concepts and systems design
  • Install and configure identity and access services, as well as management controls
  • Implement and summarize risk management best practices and the business impact
  • Install and configure wireless security settings and implement public key infrastructure

Course modules

Module 1 – Threats, Attacks, and Vulnerabilities

  • Indicators of Compromise
    • Exercise - VM Orientation
  • Malware - Types
  • Critical Security Controls
    • Exercise - Using Vulnerability Assessment Tools
  • Security Posture Assessment Tools
    • Exercise - Using Network Scanning Tools 1
    • Exercise - Using Network Scanning Tools 2
    • Exercise – Using Steganography Tools
  • Incident Response

Module 2 – Identity and Access Management

  • Cryptography
    • Exercise - Implementing Public Key Infrastructure
    • Exercise - Deploying Certificates and Implementing Key Recovery
  • Identification and Authentication
    • Exercise - Using Password Cracking Tools
  • Identity and Access Services
  • Account Management
    • Exercise - Using Account Management Tools

Module 3 – Architecture and Design (1)

  • Secure Network Design
    • Exercise - Implementing a Secure Network Design
  • Firewalls and Load Balancers
    • Exercise - Implementing a Firewall
  • IDS and SIEM
    • Exercise - Using an Intrusion Detection System
  • Secure Wireless Access
  • Physical Security Controls

Module 4 – Architecture and Design (2)

  • Secure Protocols and Services
    • Exercise - Implementing Secure Network Addressing Services
    • Exercise - Configuring a Secure Email Service
  • Secure Remote Access
    • Exercise - Implementing a Virtual Private Network
  • Secure Systems Design
  • Secure Mobile Device Services
  • Secure Virtualization and Cloud Services

Module 5 – Risk Management

  • Forensics
    • Exercise - Using Forensic Tools
  • Disaster Recovery and Resiliency
  • Risk Management
  • Secure Application Development
    • Exercise - Identifying a Man-in-the-Browser Attack
  • Organisational Security

Exam details

End of Course Exam

  • Online proctored exam taken post course
  • Duration - 90 minutes
  • Questions 90, multiple choice
  • Passing score of 750 out of 900 possible points
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