CyberSec First Responder: Threat Detection and Response


CFR Certification Bootcamp
5 days in Duration
Includes Exam Voucher/ Class Materials/Live Labs

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This course covers the duties of those who are responsible for monitoring and detecting security incidents in information systems and networks, and for executing a proper response to such incidents. Depending on the size of the organization, this individual may act alone or may be a member of a cybersecurity incident response team (CSIRT). The course introduces tools and tactics to manage cybersecurity risks, identify various types of common threats, evaluate the organization’s security, collect and analyze cybersecurity intelligence, and handle incidents as they occur. Ultimately, the course promotes a comprehensive approach to security aimed toward those on the front lines of defense.

This course is designed to assist students in preparing for the CyberSec First Responder (Exam CFR-210) certification examination. This course will also assist students with preparing for CompTIA CySA+ and CompTIA Pen-Test+ certification exams.  What you learn and practice in this course can be a significant part of your preparation for three certification exams.

In addition, this course can help students who are looking to fulfill DoD directive 8570.01 for information assurance (IA) training. This program is designed for personnel performing IA functions, establishing IA policies, and implementing security measures and procedures for the Department of Defense and affiliated information systems and networks.

This course is offered Bootcamp style online Monday – Friday and includes LIVE instruction as well as hands on labs to assist with the learning process. Course material, reference material and exam voucher are included with price of course.

VILT Dates

Oct 1-5, Nov 5-9, Dec 10-14, Jan 7-11, Mar 11-15, Apr 1-5

Course Objectives

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

  • Assess information security risk in computing and network environments.
  • Analyze the cybersecurity threat landscape.
  • Analyze reconnaissance threats to computing and network environments.
  • Analyze attacks on computing and network environments.
  • Analyze post-attack techniques on computing and network environments.
  • Evaluate the organization’s security posture within a risk management framework.
  • Collect cybersecurity intelligence.
  • Analyze data collected from security and event logs.
  • Perform active analysis on assets and networks.
  • Respond to cybersecurity incidents.
  • Investigate cybersecurity incidents.

Target Audience

This course is designed primarily for cybersecurity practitioners who perform job functions related to protecting information systems by ensuring their availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation. This course focuses on the knowledge, ability, and skills necessary to provide for the defense of those information systems in a cybersecurity context, including protection, detection, analysis, investigation, and response processes. In addition, the course ensures that all members of an IT team—everyone from help desk staff to the Chief Information Officer—understand their role in these security processes.

Course Syllabus

  • Lesson 1: Assessing Information Security Risk
    Topic A: Identify the Importance of Risk Management
    Topic B: Assess Risk
    Topic C: Mitigate Risk
    Topic D: Integrate Documentation into Risk Management
  • Lesson 2: Analyzing the Threat Landscape
    Topic A: Classify Threats and Threat Profiles
    Topic B: Perform Ongoing Threat Research
  • Lesson 3: Analyzing Reconnaissance Threats to Computing and Network Environments
    Topic A: Implement Threat Modeling
    Topic B: Assess the Impact of Reconnaissance Incidents
    Topic C: Assess the Impact of Social Engineering
  • Lesson 4: Analyzing Attacks on Computing and Network Environments
    Topic A: Assess the Impact of System Hacking Attacks
    Topic B: Assess the Impact of Web-Based Attacks
    Topic C: Assess the Impact of Malware
    Topic D: Assess the Impact of Hijacking and Impersonation Attacks
    Topic E: Assess the Impact of DoS Incidents
    Topic F: Assess the Impact of Threats to Mobile Security
    Topic G: Assess the Impact of Threats to Cloud Security
  • Lesson 5: Analyzing Post-Attack Techniques
    Topic A: Assess Command and Control Techniques
    Topic B: Assess Persistence Techniques
    Topic C: Assess Lateral Movement and Pivoting Techniques
    Topic D: Assess Data Exfiltration Techniques
    Topic E: Assess Anti-Forensics Techniques
  • Lesson 6: Evaluating the Organization’s Security Posture
    Topic A: Conduct Vulnerability Assessments
    Topic B: Conduct Penetration Tests on Network Assets
    Topic C: Follow Up on Penetration Testing
  • Lesson 7: Collecting Cybersecurity Intelligence
    Topic A: Deploy a Security Intelligence Collection and Analysis Platform
    Topic B: Collect Data from Network-Based Intelligence Sources
    Topic C: Collect Data from Host-Based Intelligence Sources
  • Lesson 8: Analyzing Log Data
    Topic A: Use Common Tools to Analyze Logs
    Topic B: Use SIEM Tools for Analysis
    Topic C: Parse Log Files with Regular Expressions
  • Lesson 9: Performing Active Asset and Network Analysis
    Topic A: Analyze Incidents with Windows-Based Tools
    Topic B: Analyze Incidents with Linux-Based Tools
    Topic C: Analyze Malware
    Topic D: Analyze Indicators of Compromise
  • Lesson 10: Responding to Cybersecurity Incidents
    Topic A: Deploy an Incident Handling and Response Architecture
    Topic B: Mitigate Incidents
    Topic C: Prepare for Forensic Investigation as a CSIRT
  • Lesson 11: Investigating Cybersecurity Incidents
    Topic A: Apply a Forensic Investigation Plan
    Topic B: Securely Collect and Analyze Electronic Evidence
    Topic C: Follow Up on the Results of an Investigation


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

  • At least two years (recommended) of experience in computer network security technology or a related field.
  • The ability to recognize information security vulnerabilities and threats in the context of risk management.
  • Competency with some of the common operating systems for typical computing environments.
  • Foundational knowledge of the concepts and operational framework of common assurance safeguards in computing environments. Safeguards include, but are not limited to, basic authentication and authorization, resource permissions, and anti-malware mechanisms.
  • Familiarity with some of the common concepts for network environments, such as routing and switching.
  • Foundational knowledge of major TCP/IP networking protocols, including, but not limited to, TCP, IP, UDP, DNS, HTTP, ARP, ICMP, and DHCP.
  • Foundational knowledge of the concepts and operational framework of common assurance safeguards in network environments. Safeguards include, but are not limited to, firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, and virtual private networks (VPNs).

About the Trainer

Dan Garfield holds a Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance degree (MSISA), and his certifications include Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP-RS & CCNP-SP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), Certified Wireless Security Professional (CWSP), EC Council Disaster Recovery Professional (EDRP), GIAC Certified ISO-17799 Specialist (G7799), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and CompTIA Hardware (A+), Networking (Network+), Security (Security+), Project Management (Project+), and Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+).


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