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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 Incident Investigations and Response Specialist

Self-Study Online Training

Incident Investigations and Response

As organizations continue to rely on expanding infrastructure in an increasingly hostile threat landscape, the escalation of incidents involving malicious actors poses critical risks to information systems and networks. The ability to identify threats, respond to incidents, restore systems, and enhance security postures is vital to the survival of the operation. The Incident Investigations and Response Specialist course brings Incident Response core competencies to advanced levels by presenting students with 14 detailed chapters designed to align with academic calendars.

Students will be provided with the knowledge and the practical skills needed to investigate and respond to network and system incidents. With a specific focus on the identification and remediation of incidents involving host and network devices, students will cover topics such as The Incident Response Life Cycle, Indicators of Compromise, Investigative Techniques, Threat Intelligence Collection, and Remediation Strategies. Immersive learning labs utilize the Project Ares® Cyber Range and Wireshark network protocol analyzer software.

A minimum of 12 months of work experience or equivalent study in the Information Security field is suggested. 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

Incident Investigations Digital Badge

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.

Additional Information

NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework

The Certified Incident Incestigations and Response 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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  • What Constitutes an Incident?
  • Technology as a Landscape for Crime
  • The Incident Response Life Cycle
  • What is Incident Response?
  • 7 Stages of the Attack Life Cycle
  • 10 Steps to Help Reduce Incidents
  • Cyber Adversaries vs. Cyber Defenders
  • Nation State vs. Non-Nation State Actors
  • Components of the Threat Landscape
  • Legal Challenges in Digital Investigations
  • Challenges to Cyber Crime Investigations
  • International Enforcement Challenges
  • Defining the Incident Response Mission
  • Internal Communication Procedures
  • External Communication Procedures
  • Incident Response Team Deliverables
  • Building a Field Forensic System
  • Preparing the Infrastructure
  • Collecting Initial Facts
  • Incident, Network, and Malware Checklists
  • Building an Attack Timeline
  • Incident Scene Management
  • Elements of Proof and Chain of Custody
  • Investigative Interview Strategies
  • Vulnerability Program Essentials
  • Prioritizing Vulnerability and Risk
  • Rating Vulnerability Levels
  • Analyzing a Vulnerability Notification
  • Establishing an Efficient Workflow
  • Vulnerability Scanning Software
  • Baseline Measuring Objectives
  • Identifying Usage Patterns
  • Network Sensor Deployment
  • Statistical Monitoring
  • Header and Full Packet Logging
  • Network Monitoring Evaluation
  • Potential Signs of Compromise
  • The Need for Network Monitoring
  • Turning Leads into Indicators
  • The Life Cycle of Indicator Generation
  • Indicator of Compromise Verification
  • Event-Based Alert Monitoring
  • Understanding the Maneuver Warfare Mindset
  • The Threat Intelligence Cycle
  • Intelligence Collection
  • Analysis and Production
  • Dissemination of Intelligence
  • Threat Intelligence Sources
  • Network Forensics vs. Digital Forensics
  • General Process for Performing Analysis
  • Available Data Sources
  • Outlining the Analysis Approach
  • Selection of Analysis Methods
  • Evaluating Analysis Results
  • Responsibilities of The First Responder
  • The Host Device Power State
  • The Windows Directory Structure
  • Locating Endpoint Data
  • The Windows Registry
  • The Importance of IoT Devices
  • When to Perform a Live Response
  • Live Response Challenges
  • Selecting a Live Response Tool
  • Data Collection Considerations
  • Common Live Response Data
  • Collection Best Practices
  • Malware Triage Concepts
  • Malware Handling Procedures
  • Malware Distribution and Documentation
  • Accessing Malicious Websites
  • Introduction to Static and Dynamic Analysis
  • Automated Analysis: Sandboxes
  • Effective Incident Remediation
  • Assigning a Remediation Owner
  • Remediation Posturing Actions
  • Eradication Plan Development
  • Plan Timing and Execution
  • Developing Strategic Recommendations
  • Report Style and Formatting
  • Report Content and Organization
  • Documenting Lessons Learned
  • Response Playbook Components
  • Building a Response Playbook
  • Planning Table-Top and Simulated Exercises

Course Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Incident Investigations and Response Specialist course, participants will be able to:

  • CLO #01: Define the characteristics of a computer security incident, list the stages of the incident response life cycle, recognize the stages of the attack life cycle, and identify methods to reduce the likelihood of security incidents.
  • CLO #02: Explain the components of the current threat landscape, the capabilities of nation-state and non-nation-state threat actors, threats posed by digital computer crimes, legal challenges common to digital investigations, and the legal principles of investigating and prosecuting cybercrime.
  • CLO #03: Prepare a security strategy using labs and industry tools to create an effective incident response capability, define the response mission, prepare for incident response investigations, list potential signs of compromise, and verify indicators of compromise (IOC’s).
  • CLO #04: Compare the processes of performing forensic analysis, selection of analysis methods, host and network data collection practices, selection of live response tools and strategies, the location of potential data sources, and the challenges of live data acquisition from a network.
  • CLO #05: Propose a malware policy based on industry best practices which addresses the identification of malicious files, initial triage, handling procedures, documentation and distribution guidelines, static and dynamic analysis methods, and the use of sandboxes for automated analysis.
  • CLO #06: Recommend an incident response implementation that includes creating a remediation team, posturing actions, incident containment strategies, eradication plan development, plan timing and execution, developing strategic recommendations, and documenting lessons learned.

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