Cyber Foundation Pathway – Module 4 - Cyber Foundation Pathway – Module 4
12 Jul 21 - 22 Jul 21

Technology School
9 days residential

About this course

This course is part of the Cyber Foundation Pathway. Building on the technical skills gained in CFP modules 1 to 3 it introduces students to attack and defend techniques. Participants will take part in a penetration test against a fictional company network, discovering weaknesses and vulnerabilities and seeing how malicious actors could exploit these to gain access to systems and services. You will also learn how to conduct low level malware analysis, network incident response and basic computer and network forensics.

The assessment is not part of the residential course and must be booked following the module. 

The Defence Cyber School (DCS) is offering a blended approach to the delivery of the Cyber Foundation Pathway (CFP) module 4. This gives students increased flexibility to customise their learning experience.

There are two study options available depending on how you wish to learn, more details on these options can be found in the details tab above, the options are:

Instructor led remote classroom (online): Building on the course materials available online for self-study, this course includes instructor led remote classroom learning.  You can expect daily instructor led demonstrations on concepts and toolsets, instructor teaching sessions, group exercises and quizzes; all with the ability to talk to and ask questions of the instructors throughout each day of the module.  This course is run via an Adobe Connect online classroom.  You can apply via the ‘Apply Now’ button above and selecting dates highlighted as remote delivery.

Classroom based learning: This is a residential option returning to the more traditional way of face-to-face teaching.  All the module content will be instructor taught using DCS classroom facilities; whiteboard, DCS network and PowerPoint.  This will be conducted at the Defence Academy.  You can apply via the ‘Apply Now’ button above and selecting dates highlighted as classroom delivery.

What you will learn

You will learn/develop:
  • Network scanning and reconnaissance
  • Vulnerability discovery and exploitation
  • Malware usage and persistence methods
  • Malware identification, triage, and analysis
  • Network analysis using common defensive cyber tool suites

How will this course help my career?

Each module in the Cyber Foundation Pathway builds sequentially on the learning from preceding modules.  Successful completion of this module will enable you to proceed to the next module to further build your cyber skills.

Before you attend

Prior to undertaking Module 4 students are required to have:
  • completed the required Module 3 learning (in a DCS classroom or remote classroom) or
  • passed the Module 3 assessment
To attempt the Module 4 assessment, you must already have passed the assessments for all previous CFP modules, up to and including Module 3.

SC clearance is required.

Can I attend this course?

This course is suitable for the following type(s) of applicant.
  • Military
  • MOD Civil Servants
  • Partners Across Government (PAG)
SC clearance is required.

How will I learn?

Blended Learning

How will you be assessed?

Assessment of this module will be based on an invigilated two-hour, multiple-choice, exam. The exam will have a theory and practical element where you will be expected to be able to conduct a short penetration test against a virtual network. The pass mark is 70%.

The assessment is not part of the course. You may only book the assessment once you have successfully completed all prior CFP assessments.

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