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CHIPS Articles: New - DISA is Piloting Cyber Defense Infrastructure Courses in the National Capital Region Open to all DoD Personnel

New - DISA is Piloting Cyber Defense Infrastructure Courses in the National Capital Region Open to all DoD Personnel
By CHIPS Magazine - March 12, 2020
The Defense Information Systems Agency is offering classes open to all Department of Defense employees – military, civilian, and government contractors. Classes are free, but all travel expenses are the responsibility of the student/organization. The classes are designed for DoD Cyber Workforce Framework (DCWF) professionals with technical roles.

Course Title, Number and Dates

Cyber Defense Infrastructure (CDIS) Specialist – Foundation – Pilot (CW20012) – Start: 3/23/2020 / End: 3/27/2020

Cyber Defense Infrastructure (CDIS) Specialist – Intermediate – Pilot (CW20013) – Start: 4/20/2020 / End: 4/24/2020

Cyber Defense Infrastructure (CDIS) Specialist – Advanced – Pilot (CW20014) – Start: 5/18/2020 / End: 5/22/2020

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Cyber Defense Infrastructure (CDIS) Specialist – Foundation – Pilot
This is a pilot of the five (5) day Cyber Defense Infrastructure Support (CDIS) Specialist Foundation course. Learners will be provided an introduction into common cyber defensive concepts and capabilities used in network and system defenses. The course begins by providing insight into general information technology and cybersecurity concepts relevant to this role. Topics include networking basics, common ports and protocols, Department of Defense (DoD) Incident Response (IR)/Incident Handling (IH) methods, and access control techniques.

The later portion of the class extends these basic concepts into general cyber defense capabilities used in CDIS’s more advanced classes. Topics include broad-based attack techniques, network design mitigations, and network traffic/intrusion detection analysis. Written IP addressing/subnetting exercises as well as Wireshark and Sguil/Snort labs incorporated into several modules provide a practical application of the concepts and capabilities discussed. Students will be asked to provide their feedback on the class and how well it matches the knowledge, skills, abilities, and tasks (KSATs) expected within the DoD for someone who performs the CDIS specialist role. The foundation CDIS course is intended for those new to, or unfamiliar with, the CDIS role as defined by the DoD Cyber Workforce Framework (DCWF).

As part of the Protect and Defend framework category, the CDIS role is accountable for the following tasks: tests, implements, deploys, maintains, and administers the infrastructure hardware and software.

Cyber Defense Infrastructure (CDIS) Specialist – Intermediate – Pilot
This is a pilot of the five (5) day CDIS specialist Intermediate course. Learners will be provided with administration knowledge and skills for commonly used Department of Defense (DoD) cyber defense tools. The tools covered include the Wireshark/Tshark and Tcpdump packet analyzers, Cisco FirePOWER network intrusion prevent system (IPS), McAfee Enterprise Policy Orchestrator (ePO) host IPS, Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance virtual (ASAv) firewall and virtual private network (VPN), and Splunk security information and event management (SIEM) system.

Modules for each tool discusses customization and maintenance activities in order to improve usability and optimize performance and security effectiveness. Activities include managing user preferences and tool configurations/policies, controlling and updating protection features, upgrading/patching software, troubleshooting problems, and performing backups and restores. After these tool-specific modules, the class steps back to address their overall maintenance coordination and accreditation, covering critical cyber defense infrastructure protection, test and change management, and the DoD Risk Management Framework (RMF).

The course closes with background analyst knowledge and activities (e.g., attacker profiles and defensive/analysis techniques) to improve student administration decisions. Wireshark, Cisco FirePOWER, McAfee ePO, Cisco ASAv firewall/VPN, and Splunk labs embedded throughout the class provide a practical application of the concepts and capabilities discussed. Students will be asked to provide their feedback on the class and how well it matches the knowledge, skills, abilities and tasks (KSATs) expected within the DoD for someone who performs the CDIS specialist role.

The advanced CDIS course is intended for those already familiar with the CDIS role as defined by the DoD Cyber Workforce Framework (DCWF) and common cyber defensive concepts and capabilities used in network and system defenses. As part of the Protect and Defend framework category, the CDIS role is accountable for the following tasks: tests, implements, deploys, maintains, and administers the infrastructure hardware and software.

Cyber Defense Infrastructure (CDIS) Specialist – Advanced – Pilot
This is a pilot of the five (5) day CDIS specialist Advanced course. Learners will be provided with deployment and initial configuration knowledge and skills for commonly used Department of Defense (DoD) cyber defense tools. The tools covered include the Cisco FirePOWER network intrusion prevent system (IPS), McAfee Enterprise Policy Orchestrator (ePO) host IPS, Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance virtual (ASAv) firewall and virtual private network (VPN), and Splunk security information and event management (SIEM) system. Modules for each tool discuss how to deploy virtual machine (VM) versions of it, initially configure it to be operational on the network, and troubleshoot any problems that arise.

The course closes by addressing critical cyber defense infrastructure protection, test bed administration and evaluations, update coordination with stakeholders, and post-evaluation activities of the DoD Risk Management Framework (RMF) accreditation process. Cisco FirePOWER, McAfee ePO, Cisco ASA firewall/VPN, and Splunk labs embedded throughout the class provide a practical application of the concepts and capabilities discussed. Students will be asked to provide their feedback on the class and how well it matches the knowledge, skills, abilities and tasks (KSATs) expected within the DoD for someone who performs the CDIS specialist role. The advanced CDIS course is intended for those already familiar with the CDIS role as defined by the DoD Cyber Workforce Framework (DCWF) and common cyber defensive concepts and capabilities used in network and system defenses.

As part of the Protect and Defend framework category, the CDIS role is accountable for the following tasks: tests, implements, deploys, maintains, and administers the infrastructure hardware and software.

Location: DoD Training Center - 8830 Stanford Boulevard, Columbia, Maryland, 21043.

Registration form requests and all training inquiries should be addressed to the DISA Training Team at: disa.letterkenny.RE.list.Training-Team-Members@mail.mil.

DISA Training Team POC: Ms. Karen Kochersberger, karen.s.kochersberger.ctr@mail.mil, 717-267-9927

Register for these courses at: https://cyber.mil/training/cyber-defense-infrastructure-support-foundation-pilot-cw20012/

Additional training opportunities are located here: https://cyber.mil/cyber-training/training-catalog/.

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