Introduction to Cybersecurity

This introductory course, designed specifically for law enforcement, will provide line officers, mid-level supervisors and executive leadership with the information they need to understand the cybersecurity domain and it’s associated terminology. This course has no pre-requisites and prior education in cybersecurity is not required.

Topics presented in this course include:

  • Definitions of key terms and concepts in the field of cybersecurity;
  • Open source intelligence collection (OSINT) – what resources and techniques are available to law enforcement
  • Introduction of concepts like malware, ransomware, viruses, trojans, network security, cryptography, identity theft and risk management;
  • Overview of the dark web and the implications for law enforcement
  • Networking and communications: fundamentals, security challenges and standards;
  • Network security: firewalls, virtual private networks, intrusion detection / prevention;
  • Authentication: access control, passwords, two-factor authentication;
  • End user training requirements – why the human element remains the greatest vulnerability;
  • Properly asses and improve cyber risk posture in real computing, networking and software systems;
  • Identification of the threat landscape to include current threat actors and their motivations;
  • An overview of social media and how it can be leveraged by law enforcement agencies;
  • The role of Fusion Centers in supporting cybersecurity;

The class will also include a discussion of cybersecurity best practices and emphasize the importance of promoting good cyber-hygiene within your organization.

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