Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+)

Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+)

Course ID: HLT 93009

Course Length: 5 days

Course Description:
The CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) Certification is a vendor-neutral credential. This certification validates knowledge and skills required to configure and use threat detection tools, perform data analysis, interpreting the results to identify vulnerabilities, threats and risk to an organization with the end goal of securing and protecting applications and systems within an organization.

As attackers have learned to evade traditional signature-based solutions such as firewalls, an analytics-based approach within the IT security industry is increasingly important for most organizations. The behavioral analytics skills covered by CSA+ identify and combat malware, and advanced persistent threats (APTs), resulting in enhanced threat visibility across a broad attack surface.

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 Objective:
The CSA+ certification applies behavioral analytics to the IT security market to improve the overall state of IT security. Analytics have been successfully integrated in the business intelligence, retail and financial services industries for decades. Analytics are now applied to IT security.

Cybersecurity analytics greatly improves threat visibility across a broad attack surface by focusing on network behavior, including an organization’s interior network. Threats are better detected using analytics. CSA+ is a vendor-neutral IT professional certification and the recommended first professional-level certification for IT security-analyst professionals.

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—everyone from help desk staff to the Chief Information Officer—understand their role in these security processes. CompTIA CSA+ is for IT professionals looking to gain the following security analyst skills:

  • Configure and use threat detection tools.
  • Perform data analysis.
  • Interpret the results to identify vulnerabilities, threats and risks to an organization.
    • Prerequisites:
      To ensure your success in this course, you 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.
        • Delivery Method:
          Instructor led, group-paced, classroom-delivery learning model with structured hands-on activities.

          Performance-Based Objectives :
          Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

          • 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.
          • Address security issues with the organization's technology architecture.

          Course Content

          Lesson 1: Assessing Information Security Risk
          Topic 1A: Identify the Importance of Risk Management
          Topic 1B: Assess Risk
          Topic 1C: Mitigate Risk
          Topic 1D: Integrate Documentation into Risk Management

          Lesson 2: Analyzing the Threat Landscape
          Topic 2A: Classify Threats and Threat Profiles
          Topic 2B: Perform Ongoing Threat Research

          Lesson 3: Analyzing Reconnaissance Threats to Computing and Network Environments
          Topic 3A: Implement Threat Modeling
          Topic 3B: Assess the Impact of Reconnaissance Incidents
          Topic 3C: Assess the Impact of Social Engineering

          Lesson 4: Analyzing Attacks on Computing and Network Environments
          Topic 4A: Assess the Impact of System Hacking Attacks
          Topic 4B: Assess the Impact of Web-Based Attacks
          Topic 4C: Assess the Impact of Malware
          Topic 4D: Assess the Impact of Hijacking and Impersonation Attacks
          Topic 4E: Assess the Impact of DoS Incidents
          Topic 4F: Assess the Impact of Threats to Mobile Security
          Topic 4G: Assess the Impact of Threats to Cloud Security

          Lesson 5: Analyzing Post-Attack Techniques
          Topic 5A: Assess Command and Control Techniques
          Topic 5B: Assess Persistence Techniques
          Topic 5C: Assess Lateral Movement and Pivoting Techniques
          Topic 5D: Assess Data Exfiltration Techniques
          Topic 5E: Assess Anti-Forensics Techniques

          Lesson 6: Managing Vulnerabilities in the Organization
          Topic 6A: Implement a Vulnerability Management Plan
          Topic 6B: Assess Common Vulnerabilities
          Topic 6C: Conduct Vulnerability Scans

          Lesson 7: Implementing Penetration Testing to Evaluate Security
          Topic 7A: Conduct Penetration Tests on Network Assets
          Topic 7B: Follow Up on Penetration Testing

          Lesson 8: Collecting Cybersecurity Intelligence
          Topic 8A: Deploy a Security Intelligence Collection and Analysis Platform
          Topic 8B: 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
          Topic C: Parse Log Files with Regular Expressions

          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: 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

          Lesson 13: Addressing Security Architecture Issues
          Topic A: Remediate Identity and Access Management Issues
          Topic B: Implement Security During the SDLC

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


          Appendix B: Mapping Course Content to CompTIA® Cybersecurity Analyst+ (Exam CS0-001)


          Appendix C: Security Resources


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