CFR - CyberSec First Responder - March 1-5, 2021


March 1-5, 2021

Duration: 5 days

7:00AM-3:00PM HT

Live Virtual Class


This 5-day 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 Objectives

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

The student will:

  • 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
  • Implement a vulnerability management program
  • Evaluate the organization’s security through penetration testing
  • 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


To ensure success in this course, the student should meet 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
  • Foundation-level operational skills with some of the common operating systems for 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)
  • Foundation-level understanding of 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 VPNs)

Exam Required for CyberSec First Responder Certification

Exam: CFR-310

Course Outline

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
  • 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: Managing Vulnerabilities in the Organization

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

Lesson 7: Implementing Penetration Testing to Evaluate Security

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

Lesson 8: 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 9: Analyzing Log Data

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

    Lesson 10: 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 11: Responding to Cybersecurity Incidents

    • Topic A: Deploy an Incident Handling and Response Architecture
    • Topic B: Contain and Mitigate Incidents
    • Topic C: Prepare for Forensic Investigation as a CSIRT

    Lesson 12: 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
    • Appendix A: Mapping Course Content to CyberSec First Responder™ (Exam CFR-310)

      • Appendix B: Regular Expressions
      • Appendix C: Security Resources
      • Appendix D: U.S. Department of Defense Operational Security Practices