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CyberSec First Responder: Threat Detection and Response (Exam CFR-210)

Learn the skills needed before, during and after cyber-attacks. 

Course Length: 5 days


Course Description

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. What you learn and practice in this course can be a significant part of your preparation. Your exam voucher is included with this course.


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.


Course Objectives:


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


You 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.
  • 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 Student:


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—from help desk staff to the Chief Information Officer—understand their roles in these security processes.




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.
  • Recognize information security vulnerabilities and threats in the context of risk management.
  • Operate at a foundational level 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.
  • Operate at a foundational level 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).


You can obtain this level of skills and knowledge by taking the following courses or by passing the relevant exams:

  • CompTIA® A+®: A Comprehensive Approach (Exams 220-901 and 220-902)
  • CompTIA® Network+® (Exam N10-006)
  • CompTIA® Security+® (Exam SY0-401)

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 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


Appendix A: Mapping Course Content to CyberSec First Responder (Exam CFR-210)


Appendix B: List of Security Resources


Appendix C: U.S. Department of Defense Operational Security Practices


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