A minimum of three years experience as a system/network administrator or as a cybersecurity professional is preferred. An intermediate understanding of network concepts, along with general knowledge of computer operating systems, is required. Experience with handling cyber incidents is preferred.

Course Description

An intermediate-level instructor-led course designed for technical personnel who monitor and protect our nation’s critical cyber infrastructure. CPD uses hands-on computer lab applications to simulate advanced attack vectors, sequential and escalating attack steps, and hands-on attack execution. Students learn penetration testing skills, defense analysis techniques, and real-time response and threat mitigation steps.

CPD is offered free-of-charge to technical personnel who work for agencies or organizations considered as a part of our nations critical infrastructure.

Blended learning methods will be utilized, to include a balance of classroom lecture, hands-on laboratory exercises, and the use of cybersecurity response tools, as cyber attacks against significant national network infrastructure targets will be simulated.

CPD classes stress a proactive approach to providing computer, network, and infrastructure incident response handling. Solutions and methods taught are non-vendor-specific, which does not require participants to have specialized software when trying to implement class lessons at their own agencies. CDI stresses proper network and data engineering techniques and methodology over simple software packages, keeping agency financial requirements to a minimum.