Cyber Incident Response Manager

CIRM Self-Study Cyber Security Course

As organizations continue to rely on expanding infrastructure in an increasingly hostile threat landscape, the escalation of incidents involving malicious actors poses critical risks to information systems and networks. The ability to identify threats, respond to incidents, restore systems, and enhance security postures is vital to the survival of the operation.

The Cyber Incident Response Manager self-study course brings Incident Response core competencies to advanced levels by presenting students with 16 detailed learning objectives. Students will be provided with the knowledge and the practical skills needed to investigate and respond to network and system incidents. With a specific focus on the identification and remediation of incidents involving host and network devices, students will cover topics such as Threat Intelligence Collection, Investigative Techniques, Creating Playbooks, and Malware Triage. Practical lab exercises utilize Wireshark, a packet capturing tool used in real-world investigations.

Hard Copy Course Materials

CIRM Self-Study Course Textbook
COURSE TEXTBOOK
CIRM Self-Study Lab Textbook
LAB TEXTBOOK
CIRM Self-Study Course Workbook
COURSE WORKBOOK
CIRM Self-Study Prep Guide
EXAM PREP GUIDE

Online Course Materials

All Phase2 self-study courses offer the following online resources and/or support:

  • Domain Knowledge Assessment Quizzes
  • Course Workbook and Lab Exercises
  • Exam Prep Guide
  • Lab Images and Files (Applicable Courses)
  • Instructor Support During Enrollment (by Email)

Course Outline and Learning Objectives

  • What Constitutes an Incident?
  • Technology as a Landscape for Crime
  • What is Incident Response?
  • The Incident Response Life Cycle
  • 7 Stages of the Attack Life Cycle
  • 10 Steps to Help Reduce Incidents
  • Cyber Adversaries vs. Cyber Defenders
  • Nation State vs. Non-Nation State Actors
  • Components of the Threat Landscape
  • Legal Challenges in Digital Investigations
  • Challenges to Cyber Crime Investigations
  • International Enforcement Challenges
  • Defining the Incident Response Mission
  • Internal Communication Procedures
  • External Communication Procedures
  • Incident Response Team Deliverables
  • Building a Field Forensic System
  • Preparing the Infrastructure
  • Time Zones and Investigative Timelines
  • Collecting Initial Facts
  • Incident Response Checklists
  • Maintaining Case Notes
  • Building an Attack Timeline
  • Vulnerability Program Essentials
  • Prioritizing Vulnerability and Risk
  • Rating Vulnerability Levels
  • Analyzing a Vulnerability Notification
  • Establishing an Efficient Workflow
  • Vulnerability Scanning Software
  • Baseline Measuring Objectives
  • Identifying Usage Patterns
  • Network Sensor Deployment
  • Statistical Monitoring
  • Header and Full Packet Logging
  • Network Monitoring Evaluation
  • Potential Signs of Compromise
  • The Case for Network Monitoring
  • Turning Leads into Indicators
  • The Life Cycle of Indicator Generation
  • Indicator of Compromise Verification
  • Event-Based Alert Monitoring
  • Understanding Elements of Proof
  • Incident Scene Management
  • Chain of Custody
  • The Purpose of Investigations
  • Investigative Interview Strategies
  • Documenting Interviews
  • Understanding the Maneuver Warfare Mindset
  • The Threat Intelligence Cycle
  • Intelligence Collection
  • Analysis and Production
  • Dissemination of Intelligence
  • Threat Intelligence Sources
  • Network Forensics vs. Digital Forensics
  • General Process for Performing Analysis
  • Available Data Sources
  • Outlining the Approach
  • Selection of Analysis Methods
  • Evaluating Analysis Results
  • Responsibilities of The First Responder
  • The Host Device Power State
  • Standard Windows Directory Structure
  • Locating Endpoint Data
  • The Windows Registry
  • The Importance of IoT Devices
  • When to Perform a Live Response
  • Live Response Challenges
  • Selecting a Live Response Tool
  • Data Collection Considerations
  • Common Live Response Data
  • Collection Best Practices
  • Malware Triage Concepts
  • Malware Handling Procedures
  • Malware Distribution and Documentation
  • Assessing Malicious Sites
  • Introduction to Static and Dynamic Analysis
  • Automated Analysis: Sandboxes
  • Effective Incident Remediation
  • Assigning a Remediation Owner
  • Remediation Posturing Actions
  • Eradication Plan Development
  • Plan Timing and Execution
  • Developing Strategic Recommendations
  • Introduction to Report Writing
  • Report Style and Formatting
  • General Analysis Report Formatting
  • Quality Assurance for Investigative Reports
  • Report Content and Organization
  • Documenting Lessons Learned
  • Response Playbook Components
  • Building a Response Playbook
  • Common Playbook Response Scenarios
  • Planning Table-Top Exercises
  • Planning Simulated Attacks
  • Sample Playbook: Unauthorized Access

Certificate of Course Completion

A Certificate of Course Completion (shown below) will be available for download in PDF format immediately upon successful completion of the 16 domain knowledge assessment quizzes.  Replacement certificates can be requested by email at any time after the successful completion of the self-study course at no cost.

CIRM Certificate of Course Completion

Course Cost

$1,200.00

Phase2 Advantage offers discounts to non-profit organizations, federal agencies, law enforcement personnel, and the military affiliate community. We also offer group discounts. Email training@phase2advantage.com to see if your organization qualifies for one or more of our discount programs.