This module focuses on cybersecurity concepts and principles. It lays the knowledge foundation for students who don’t have much experience in the subject matter. It aims to provide an overview of major factors that have distinct impacts on cybersecurity, including software, hardware, network, and people. As a high-level introduction, this module prepares students for hands-on work that illustrates the applications of malicious software and techniques (e.g., Keylogger), as well as defense (e.g., encryption).

6 Lessons

The goal of this course is to provide high school students and educators an introduction to the technological aspects of cyber security with hands on practice. This foundational course covers the following category of topics: legal and ethical issues; foundational knowledge required for cybersecurity and for hands on practice including: using the Linux command line, basics of computer networking and basics of web technology; steps in hacking including reconnaissance and exploits; cryptography; secure design of systems, and hardening operating systems.

This module on digital forensics will familiarize you with forensics terminology and approaches, along with hands-on experience with a variety of forensic tools used by investigators to conduct incident response, find evidence of criminal behavior, and examine the effects of malware infection. The module will focus on Windows forensics and will use a Linux-based forensic workstation for hands-on analysis. Tools for conducting forensic examinations using a Windows system will also be introduced.

7 Lessons

This is the first module in the Cyber-Physical Industry course; however, it can be taught as a standalone module.  The purpose of this module is to introduce students to concepts associated with system assets and system operations in industrial control systems.

7 Lessons

This Intermediate level, real world lab exercise has students log into a worm-infected CentOS Linux server (ssh terminal only) and follow prescribed steps to secure, clean up and lock down the infected server. Students will use utilities such as chkconfig, service, ps, and kill to examine running services and shut down potentially malicious ones; netstat and nmap to identify rogue network services; iptables to properly configure the firewall; and, package management software such as rpm and yum to verify and repair system packages.

This introductory lab has students scanning a small network subnet using nmap to identify live hosts and open ports. Targets include three virtual machines: a web server, a vulnerable Samba server, and an FTP server, as well as other open network ports. It teaches Linux utilities for reconnaissance and scanning such as whois, ifconfig, and nmap with various command-line switches.

This introductory lab has students learn how to use both symmetric and asymmetric encryption at the Linux command line. This exercise includes an encryption primer and an introduction to symmetric encryption using the Linux utility ccrpyt. It also has students use the Linux gpg utility to create a public/private key pair, as well as encrypt and decrypt a file using public-key cryptography.

This introductory lab has students using simple command injection to attempt to gain unauthorized access to data on an intentionally vulnerable web server. The lab document includes a brief primer on command injection and an introduction to DVWA and its command injection tab so students can use command injection to answer a series of lab questions.