Phase2 Advantage has partnered with Savannah Technical College to offer several self-study cybersecurity courses for individuals who are not able to attend classroom-based certification programs. This format allows students to learn at their own pace, in a comfortable environment, and receive a 60% discount off classroom-based courses. Enrolled students will have access to the Savannah Technical College Learning Management System for their course.
Certified Cybersecurity Defense and Operations Specialist
Self-Study Online Training
Organizations face ongoing threats to their information technology infrastructure on a daily basis. These security struggles need to be approached with modern techniques, a holistic view of security, and a diverse body of knowledge. With the proper tools and training, specialists in the Information Security and Cybersecurity fields will be much more capable of finding success within their roles.
The Cybersecurity Defense and Operations course brings cybersecurity core competencies to advanced levels with new concepts and traditional best practices. Using 14 detailed chapters designed to align with academic calendars, students will be provided with the knowledge and context needed to successfully manage the security of their technical environments.
Focusing on the Information Security concerns of today, students will cover topics such as Cloud Security, Threat Intelligence Analysis, Vulnerability Management, Biometric Systems, Incident Response, Securing Systems with Cryptography, and the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. Immersive learning labs utilize the Project Ares® Cyber Range and Wireshark network protocol analyzer software.
Students should have knowledge of basic networking and TCP/IP protocols.
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Up to 6 Months
Course Training Materials
Course Textbook (US Students)
Textbook via Amazon (Non-US Students)
Course Lab Exercises
Practice Assessment Quizzes
40-Hour CPE Credit Certificate
Knowledge Assessment Examination
Knowledge Assessment Exam
Upon completion of self-study courses, students will be prepared to sit for the knowledge assessment exam. The online examination will consist of True/False, Multiple Choice, and Fill in the Blank questions. The exam may be taken at any time within 6 months of purchasing the certification course.
Students will have two hours to complete a computer-based examination consisting of 100 questions. A score of 70% or higher is required to earn the certification. Upon successful completion of the exam, students will be sent a hardcopy of their certification and their CPE credit documentation via email (PDF format) within 72-hours of the exam date.
Students will be allowed to use their notes on content presented during the course as well as their course study materials.
The Certified Cybersecurity Defense and Operations Specialist course is a component of the career progression track that supports the required Categories, Specialty Areas and Work Roles as defined by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. It provides a common language to speak about cyber roles and jobs and can be referenced to define professional requirements in cybersecurity.
Course Outline and Knowledge Points
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- Overview of the NICE Framework
- NICE Framework: Key Terms
- NICE Framework Categories
- NICE Framework Specialty Areas and Work Roles
- Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s)
- Implementing the NICE Framework
- Password Complexity and Policy
- Tokens, HOTP, and TOTP Controls
- Biometric and Geolocation Methods
- Kerberos, NTLM, LDAPS, and Active Directory
- SSO, SAML, OAuth, and OpenID Connect
- Access Control Models
- Biometric Implementation
- Fingerprint Recognition Systems
- Facial Recognition Systems
- Iris and Retinal Imaging Systems
- Keystroke Dynamics
- Voice Recognition Systems
- Providing Integrity with Hashing
- Symmetric Encryption Characteristics
- Asymmetric Encryption Characteristics
- Email: Using Cryptographic Protocols
- Public Key Infrastructure: Certificates
- Cryptography Security Threats
- Security Architecture Frameworks
- Reference Security Architecture
- The Software Development Life Cycle
- Architectural Design Documentation
- Architectural Domains: The Four Pillars
- Zero Trust Networks
- Baseline Measuring Objectives
- Network Sensor Deployment
- Statistical Monitoring
- Potential Signs of Compromise
- Indicator of Compromise Verification
- Event-Based Alert Monitoring
- 7 Stages of the Attack Life Cycle
- Effective Remediation
- Assigning a Remediation Owner
- Remediation Posturing Actions
- Eradication Plan Development
- Plan Timing and Execution
- Response Playbook Components
- Building a Response Playbook
- Common Playbook Response Scenarios
- Planning Table-Top Exercises
- Planning Simulated Attacks
- Sample Playbook: Unauthorized Access
- Network Forensics vs. Digital Forensics
- General Process for Performing Analysis
- Locating Endpoint Data
- Investigative Interview Strategies
- Investigative Report Writing
- Evidence Dynamics and Chain of Custody
- Risk Management: Key Definitions
- Risk Management Program Development
- Risk Management Frameworks
- Vulnerability Program Essentials
- Prioritizing and Rating Vulnerability Levels
- Establishing an Efficient Workflow
- BCP and DRP Key Definitions
- The Benefits of a Business Impact Analysis
- Business Impact Analysis Data Collection
- Selecting a BIA Project Manager
- Writing a BCP / DRP Testing Strategy
- The 5 Progressions of BCP / DRP Testing
- Cloud Computing Service Models
- Public, Private, and Hybrid Cloud
- Cloud Data Security
- Data Loss Prevention: Egress Monitoring
- Cloud Platform Risks
- Lack of Physical Access and Auditing Ability
- Seeking Best Options Over Fairness
- General Contract Structures
- The SLA and Contract Review Process
- General Contract Review Checklist
- Provisions of an Enforceable Contract
- Contract Negotiation Strategies
- Cyber Adversaries vs. Cyber Defenders
- Components of the Modern Threat Landscape
- Understanding the Maneuver Warfare Mindset
- The Threat Intelligence Cycle
- Challenges to Cyber Crime Investigations
- Threat Intelligence Sources
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of the Cybersecurity Defense and Operations Specialist course, participants will be able to:
- CLO #01: Identify security technologies, risk management models, network and system defense methodologies, identity and access management practices, cryptographic protocols, and intrusion detection techniques.
- CLO #02: Describe vulnerabilities and risks, threat intelligence collection techniques, digital evidence and investigations, network and host data collection methods, malware triage protocols, and incident response and remediation strategies.
- CLO #03: Demonstrate network security techniques using labs and industry tools such as Wireshark network protocol analyzer, Linux Command Line Interface, Microsoft Administrative Command Prompt, and Microsoft PowerShell / PowerShell ISE (Integrated Scripting Environment).
- CLO #04: Examine the principles and purpose of secure network architecture, architecture security frameworks, implementation of supporting security controls, zero trust network foundations and assertions, and identifying network baselines and anomalies.
- CLO #05: Develop a business continuity strategy utilizing business impact analysis, disaster response and recovery planning, asset identification and valuation techniques, quantitative / qualitative analysis methods, and testing and evaluation goals which align to organizational objectives.
- CLO #06: Evaluate cloud computing service models, architecture and security considerations, risks and threats posed to cloud services, regulatory and compliance requirements, cloud provider and customer responsibilities, and the structure of contracts and service level agreements.
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