Introduction to Cyber Security
Introduction to Cyber Security
To determine if SANS SEC301: Introduction to Cyber Security is right for you, ask yourself five simple questions:
- Do you have basic computer knowledge, but are new to cyber security and in need of an introduction to the fundamentals?
- Are you bombarded with complex technical security terms that you don't understand?
- Are you a non-IT security manager who lays awake at night worrying that your company will be the next mega-breach headline story on the 6 o'clock news?
- Do you need to be conversant in basic security concepts, principles, and terms, even if you don't need "deep in the weeds" detail?
- Have you decided to make a career change to take advantage of the job opportunities in cyber security and need formal training and certification?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, the SEC301: Introduction to Cyber Security training course is for you. Students with a basic knowledge of computers and technology but no prior cyber security experience can jump-start their security education with insight and instruction from real-world security experts in SEC301.
This completely revised and comprehensive five-day course covers a wide range of baseline topics, including terminology, the basics of computer networks, security policies, incident response, passwords, and even an introduction to cryptographic principles. The hands-on, step-by-step learning format will enable you to grasp all the information presented even if some of the topics are new to you. You'll learn fundamentals of cyber security that will serve as the foundation of your security skills and knowledge for years to come.
Written by a security professional with over 30 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, SEC301 provides uncompromising real-world insight from start to finish. The course prepares you for the Global Information Security Fundamentals (GISF) certification test, as well as for the next SANS course in this progression, SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style. It also delivers on the SANS promise: You will be able to use the knowledge and skills you learn in SEC301 as soon as you return to work.
Important additional Information:
- You will receive approximately 15 pounds of books as part of this training. If you are traveling to a training event from out of town, expect your luggage to be heavier on your return trip. Shipping facilities (FedEx, UPS, etc.) may not be available.
- When making plans to fly home, do not expect the course to end early on the final day. It is common for Day 5 of the SEC301 course to end at 5pm.
- Communicate with confidence regarding information security topics, terms, and concepts
- Understand and apply the Principles of Least Privilege
- Understand and apply the Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability (CIA) Triad
- Build better passwords that are more secure while also being easier to remember and type
- Grasp basic cryptographic principles, processes, procedures, and applications
- Understand computer network basics
- Have a fundamental grasp of any number of critical technical networking acronyms, including TCP/IP, IP, TCP, UDP, MAC, ARP, NAT, ICMP, and DNS
- Utilize built-in Windows tools to see your network settings
- Recognize and be able to discuss various security technologies, including anti-malware, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems, content filters, sniffers, etc.
- Build a simple, but fully functional firewall configuration
- Secure your browser using a variety of security plug-ins
- Secure a wireless access point (also known as a wireless router)
- Scan for malware, clean malware from a system, and whitelist legitimate software identified by an anti-malware scanner as "potentially unwanted".
- Access a number of websites to better understand password security, encryption, phishing, browser security, etc.
The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.
If you would like to provide feedback for this course, please e-mail the NICCS SO at NICCS@hq.dhs.gov.