Cybersecurity Operations Course

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

2 hours, 24 minutes

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 how to mitigate them.



Video - 00:11:00

In this video on cryptography, you'll look at encryption and hashing, DAR, DIT/DIM, key exchange and more.

Video - 00:10:00

Explore compliance testing, continuous monitoring and continuous auditing.

Video - 00:06:00

Dig into the details of backup/recovery/resumption.
Security in Applications

Video - 00:10:00

In this video, you'll look at application security details: SDLS, DevOps/Agile, secure coding and more.
Protection for User Endpoints

Video - 00:04:00

Protect user endpoints with this information on malware defense and technical endpoint controls.
Managing Incidents

Video - 00:16:00

Look at the details of managing incidents: Incident identification, response and management and digital forensics.
Building and Deploying a Secure Authorization Process

Video - 00:08:00

In this video, take a look at system hardening, platform hardening, baseline configuration standards and credentials and privileges.
Considerations for Network Security

Video - 00:15:00

Explore Network Access Control, traffic analysis, DLP, egress monitoring DNS and TLS.
Patch Management

Video - 00:07:00

Look at the details of managing patching and vulnerabilities, including zero-day.
Managing Change

Video - 00:06:00

Learn the importance of managing change with this video on change management, change control and emergency changes.
Configuration Management and Asset Management

Video - 00:10:00

In this video, you'll get a closer look at asset inventory, configuration management and baseline configurations.
Identity and Access Management

Video - 00:15:00

Explore IAAA: identification, authentication, authorization and accountability, plus privilege management.
Management of Threats and Vulnerabilities

Video - 00:14:00

In this video, you'll look at threat assessment, vulnerability management, penetration testing and Red Team exercises.
Security Operations Center (SOC) Definitions and Concepts

Video - 00:13:00

Get a closer look at the Security Operations Center (SOC), including threat intelligence and IoC (Indicators of Compromise).

Meet the author

J Kenneth Magee

J Kenneth (Ken) Magee is President and owner of Data Security Consultation and Training, LLC. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Robert Morris College in Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.

He has taught cybersecurity at many different venues, including the JAG school at the University of Virginia; KPMG Advisory University; Microsoft; several major Federal financial institutions; and Federal Government agencies. Ken has also taught cybersecurity classes in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Canada, and Mexico.

In his teaching credentials, Ken is an ISACA certified instructor for CISM, CRISC, and CGEIT. He has completed the Train-the-Trainer course from (ISC)2 and Microsoft. He is also a Provisional CCP and CCA Instructor for CYBER-AB.

In addition to many years in IT, Ken has achieved several certifications in the cyber security/information security field:

CYBER-AB – CCP, Provisional CCA, Provisional CCI


ISACA – CISM, CISA, CRISC, CGEIT, CAC (Cybersecurity Audit Certificate)

EC-Council – CEH


CompTIA – Security+, CySA+, CASP, CTT+





Microsoft – MCP, MCSA, MCSE, MCT

Ken has spoken to several different groups, including Georgetown University School of Law, Advanced eDiscovery Institute; AFCEA; and VASCAN.

As Chief Information Security Officer for the Virginia Community College System, Ken’s focus was 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, CMMC-Certified Professional, CMMC-Certified Assessor Level 1 and a course for training Security Control Assessors using NIST SP 800-53A.

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

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Associated NICE Work Roles

All Infosec training maps directly to the NICE Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity to guide you from beginner to expert across 52 Work Roles.

  • All-Source Analyst
  • Mission Assessment Specialist
  • Exploitation Analyst

Plans & pricing

Infosec Skills Personal

$299 / year

  • 190+ role-guided learning paths (e.g., Ethical Hacking, Threat Hunting)
  • 100s of hands-on labs in cloud-hosted cyber ranges
  • Custom certification practice exams (e.g., CISSP, Security+)
  • Skill assessments
  • Infosec peer community support

Infosec Skills Teams

$799 per license / year

  • Team administration and reporting
  • Dedicated client success manager
  • Single sign-on (SSO)
    Easily authenticate and manage your learners by connecting to any identity provider that supports the SAML 2.0 standard.
  • Integrations via API
    Retrieve training performance and engagement metrics and integrate learner data into your existing LMS or HRS.
  • 190+ role-guided learning paths and assessments (e.g., Incident Response)
  • 100s of hands-on labs in cloud-hosted cyber ranges
  • Create and assign custom learning paths
  • Custom certification practice exams (e.g., CISSP, CISA)
  • Optional upgrade: Guarantee team certification with live boot camps

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