Cybersec First Responder (U.S. DoD-8570 compliant, GCHQ Certified, ANSI Accredited)

2,295.00  excl. VAT

Language of instruction is English. Training materials are provided in English. 

Duration: 5 days (40 training hrs);

Delivery dates: October 8th – 12th 2018 (MON -FRI);

Instructor: Nicola Parodi, MSCE, CFR, MCT;

Price: EUR 2,295 w/o VAT. EU registered businesses in EU countries other than Bulgaria will not be charged VAT.;

Certificate of Completion: Yes, upon completion;

Exam: Exam voucher worth EUR 300 included;

Location: TBA;

Minimum number of participants: 4

Maximum number of participants: 8


The Cybersec First Responder is a 5-day intensive training program. CFR is U.S. DoD-8570 compliant, GCHQ Certified Training and is ANSI Accredited. This course offering includes exam voucher  for the CFR exam, worth EUR 300.


Note to international travelers:

This course will be delivered in Sofia, Bulgaria. Sofia Airport is easily accessible from all major airports around the world. Learn Valley ltd. provides all international travelers with advice and support prior to and during their trip. Learn Valley Ltd. will welcome international travelers on Sofia Airport and arrange for transportation to their hotel of choice. EU businesses registered outside of Bulgaria will not be charged VAT on the tickets for the course due to the EU reverse charge mechanism.

Course objectives and target audience:

YOU are the first line of defense your organization has against a cyber security attack. Don’t leave it to chance, become CFR certified.

By taking an approach where an understanding of the anatomy of an attack is developed, the CyberSec First Responder (CFR) cyber security certification validates individuals have the high-stakes skills needed to serve their organizations before, during, and after a breach.

A CyberSec First Responder is the first line of defense against cyber-attacks that can cost an organization valuable time and money. The CyberSec First Responder cyber security training and certification program will prepare security professionals to become the first responders who defend against cyber-attacks by teaching students to analyze threats, design secure computing and network environments, proactively defend networks, and respond/investigate cyber security incidents.

Course is suitable for cybersecurity practitioners who perform job functions related to protecting and defending information systems by ensuring their availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and non-repudiation.

About the Instructor, Nicola Parodi:

Nicola Parodi is certified as CyberSec First Responder, Microsoft Certified Trainer and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert. Nicola holds the following professional certifications: MCT, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure 2017, MCSE: Mobility, MCSE: Productivity, CyberSec First Responder, CompTIA Security +, etc.

Nicola has very strong skills, enthusiastic, hardworking, self-taught person, who easily overcomes problems and challenges. Always proactively participating in-group activities. Capable of efficiently being part of any new environment from any size, from small companies to enterprise.

Able to communicate with people at all levels, from facing customers to stakeholders. Continuously extending and improving knowledge and experience, always up to date with new technologies and qualifications.

Many years of experience in design, support, implement and security in networks. Comfortable in managing and executing projects.

Technical Summary

  • Office 365, Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2008R2, 2012, 2012R2 and 2016, Azure (Cloud), PowerShell Scripting;
  • Desktop Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10;
  • MS Exchange 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016;
  • SCCM – System Centre Configuration Manager 2003, 2007 (R3), 2012 (R2) – MDT / WAIK;
  • SCOM – System Centre Operation Manager;
  • SCVMM – System Centre Virtual Machine Manager;
  • Active Directory (GPO, GPS, DNS, WINS, IIS, RD, DFS, RMS, PKI, WSUS, ADDS, ADFS);
  • Network Infrastructure (switch, router, firewall, storage, NAS, iSCSI, BYOD, network capture / monitoring);
  • Clustering (FC-Failover Cluster and NLB-Network Load Balance)
  • SQL – Install. Config. and Admin. // Virtualization (Hyper-V, Desktop, V-App);
  • Full knowledge and deep understanding of TCP/IP and services
  • ITIL Framework, Risk Assessment, Incident, Problem, and Change Management, Auditing, Compliance, Quality Assurance, CSI-Continuous Service Improvement;
  • DRP – Enterprise Backup Systems / Symantec Antivirus / Backup Exec / Migration.

Course materials:

The CFR cyber security training program will develop the skills professionals need in the real world. Delivered over five days, CFR utilizes an immersive lab environment, hands-on activities, and a digital learning platform with curriculum-rich content to ensure every student is equipped with the skills necessary to immediately strengthen their organizations’ cyber security defenses. Includes exam voucher for the CFR-210 Exam.

CFR overview

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.

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.

CFR course prerequisites

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).

CFR 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.

CFR 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.

CFR 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