Learning Path

Incident Response

Learn the fundamentals of incident response.

What you will learn

This learning path starts with a high-level discussion of what happens at each phase of responding to an incident, followed by a technical deep dive into some of the more exciting parts of memory, network and host analysis and forensics. This learning path is for anyone wishing to apply learned forensics and offensive knowledge such as ethical hacking to the incident response process.

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Introduction to Incident Response

Course — 00:56:24

K0026, K0042, K0150, K0412

Review the fundamentals of incident response and learn how to build an IR team and effective playbook for handling incidents.

Stage 1 – Preparation

Course — 00:33:20

K0004, K0005, K0041, K0106, K0162, K0295, K0361, K0612, S0364

This course deals briefly with some common definitions and severity criteria related to incident response. It ends with a high-level explanation of asset inventory and identification.

Stage 2 – Identification

Course — 00:37:53

K0041, K0381, K0451

This course explores the process of identifying when there has been an event that falls into the category of becoming an incident. It also touches on classification levels for incidents.

Stage 3 – Containment

Course — 00:37:18

K0041, K0042, K0110, K0480, K0586

Dive into determining what containment steps should be taken and when they should be taken, based on different scenarios.

Stage 4 – Investigation

Course — 00:22:39

K0132, K0150, K0292

Learn the important role investigation plays in incident response.

Stage 5 – Eradication

Course — 00:26:31

K0150, K0210, K0354

Ready to remove the threat from the environment? Learn how to do it right with this course on eradication.

Stage 6 – Recovery

Course — 00:19:14

K0026, K0210, K0292, K0381

Now that we’ve eradicated the threats, let’s learn how to go into recovery.

Stage 7 – Follow Up/Lessons Learned

Course — 00:12:31

The dust has settled, and the incident is over. In this phase, we deal with assessing our process and looking for ways to improve.

Technical Deep Dives with Tools of the Trade

Course — 04:01:09

K0017, K0046, K0058, K0062, K0272, K0343, K0392, S0003, S0046, S0062, S0120, S0199, S0221, S0258, S0261

Dig in for hours of deep-dive technical demonstrations to master memory, network and host forensics techniques.

Network Traffic Analysis Cyber Range

Course — 02:50:00

This cyber range allows you to learn and practice useful skills related to analyzing network traffic. You will work with Terminal Shark (TShark), Scapy and other tools to identify common network protocols, examine malware communications, extract transmitted files, filter output to display specific information, view communication statistics and much more. The labs in this range involve examining network capture files as well as capturing live traffic.

Incident Response Project Course

Course — 07:32:28

Practice your incident response skills with this project.

Incident Response Skill Assessment

Assessment — 51 questions — 00:25:30

Meet the author

Keatron Evans is a cybersecurity and workforce development expert with over 17 years of experience in penetration testing, incident response and information security management for federal agencies and Fortune 500 organizations. He is Principal Cybersecurity Advisor at Infosec, where he empowers the human side of cybersecurity with cyber knowledge and skills to outsmart cybercrime. Keatron is an established researcher, instructor and speaker — and lead author of the best-selling book, Chained Exploits: Advanced Hacking Attacks from Start to Finish. He regularly speaks at major industry events like RSA and serves as a cybersecurity subject matter expert for major media outlets like CNN, Fox News, Information Security Magazine and more.

Keatron holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems and dozens of cybersecurity certifications, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) and Licensed Penetration Tester (LTP). When not teaching, speaking or managing his incident response business, KM Cyber Security LLC, Keatron enjoys practicing various martial arts styles, playing piano and bass guitar, and spending time with his family.

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How to claim CPEs

Should you complete this learning path, you’ll be able to download a certificate of completion. Use this to claim your CPEs or CPUs.

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

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