Cybersecurity Operations

Understand your role as an auditor in reviewing the cybersecurity controls used by the organization to protect the CIA of systems and data.


  • Security Operations Center (SOC) Definitions and Concepts Video — 00:12:44
    • Get a closer look at the Security Operations Center (SOC), including threat intelligence and IoC (Indicators of Compromise).

  • Management of Threats and Vulnerabilities Video — 00:14:23
    • In this video, you’ll look at threat assessment, vulnerability management, penetration testing and Red Team exercises.

  • Identity and Access Management Video — 00:14:33
    • Explore IAAA: identification, authentication, authorization and accountability, plus privilege management.

  • Configuration Management and Asset Management Video — 00:10:03
    • In this video, you’ll get a closer look at asset inventory, configuration management and baseline configurations.

  • Managing Change Video — 00:05:49
    • Learn the importance of managing change with this video on change management, change control and emergency changes.

  • Patch Management Video — 00:07:08
    • Look at the details of managing patching and vulnerabilities, including zero-day.

  • Considerations for Network Security Video — 00:14:45
    • Explore Network Access Control, traffic analysis, DLP, egress monitoring DNS and TLS.

  • Building and Deploying a Secure Authorization Process Video — 00:07:37
    • In this video, take a look at system hardening, platform hardening, baseline configuration standards and credentials and privileges.

  • Managing Incidents Video — 00:15:45
    • Look at the details of managing incidents: Incident identification, response and management and digital forensics.

  • Protection for User Endpoints Video — 00:04:27
    • Protect user endpoints with this information on malware defense and technical endpoint controls.

  • Security in Applications Video — 00:10:03
    • In this video, you’ll look at application security details: SDLS, DevOps/Agile, secure coding and more.

  • BCM-DRP-BRP Video — 00:05:38
    • Dig into the details of backup/recovery/resumption.

  • Compliance Video — 00:09:45
    • Explore compliance testing, continuous monitoring and continuous auditing.

  • Cryptography Video — 00:11:04
    • In this video on cryptography, you’ll look at encryption and hashing, DAR, DIT/DIM, key exchange and more.


Course description

After this course, the auditor should be able to identify key cybersecurity processes and controls, be familiar with a SOC and its operation and understand threat intelligence, threat actors and APTs. You’ll learn more about different attack vectors and h

Meet the author

Ken is President and owner of Data Security Consultation and Training, LLC. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Robert Morris College in PA and a master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in NJ. He has taught cybersecurity at many different venues, including the JAG school at the University of Virginia, KPMG Advisory University, Microsoft and several major federal financial institutions and government agencies. Ken has also taught cybersecurity classes in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Canada and Mexico.

As Chief Information Security Officer for the Virginia Community College System, Ken’s focus was the standardization of security around the ISO 27000 series framework. Writing is one of his passions and he has authored and/or co-authored several courses, including CISSP, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, DoD Cloud Computing SRG and a course for training Security Control Assessors using NIST SP 800-53A.

In addition to many years in IT, Ken has achieved a number of certifications in the cyber security/information security field, including CISSP, SSCP, CCSP, CAP, ISSMP, ISSAP, ISSEP, CISM, CISA, CAC (Cybersecurity Audit Certificate), CEH, ISO9000LA, ISO14001LA, ISO27001PA, Security+, CySA+, CASP, CTT+, CPT, GSEC, GSNA, GWAPT, CIA, CGAP, CFE, MCP, MCSA, MCSE and MCT.

When not teaching, writing or consulting, Ken devotes his spare time to animal rescue, (dogs and cats from no-kill shelters), being a student of language (French) and music (Banjo), and doing research about his Scottish heritage, the Knights Templar and British Navy sailing ships from the late 1700s.

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We use Infosec Skills to provide continuous training to our technicians and to prepare them for various certifications. Infosec Skills allows us to create personalized training programs that focus on each of our technicians’ particular roles and see their progress as they take courses. We also, recommend it to clients to make their IT support teams better.

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This has been utilized to bridge the skills gap across our cyber team and to aid them as they prepare for their various certifications. It also has provided a nice learning foundation for our various cyber team members to utilize as we continue to find ways for cross-utilization with operations while minimizing the downtime needed to ensure everyone’s knowledge is the same.

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