Popular cyber cohort continues at APG

The fundamentals of Cybersecurity Certificate, offered to all engineers and scientists on APG, provides advanced training through a three-course sequence. | U.S. Army photo by Kelly White, CERDEC

U.S. Army engineers and scientists are being encouraged to head back to the classroom for a Fundamentals of Cybersecurity course.

This is the second cohort offering a graduate level certificate from the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, or CERDEC, Human Capital Cell in an effort to support the ever-growing profession at APG.

“CERDEC started the second cohort due to the success of the first one,” said Victor Carrozzo, CERDEC Human Capital Cell specialist. “This program also enhances the efforts of the APG cyber community as a whole.”

The certificate is offered by the University of Delaware at the University Center in Aberdeen.

Offered to all engineers and scientists on post, the program had participants from CERDEC as well as from numerous non-CERDEC entities.

“Cyber is a critical domain within not only CERDEC but the Army,” said Lt. Col. Brian Jones, CERDEC Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate military deputy. “Enhancing my personal knowledge in the classroom provides a foundation for the on-the-job training and in-depth reviews provided by the subject matter experts in our organization.”

The Fundamentals of Cybersecurity Certificate provides advanced training through a three-course sequence. The University of Delaware describes each course as follows:

The first course, Introduction to Cyber Security (Cyber I), started Feb. 8 and is an introduction to computer and network security. This course covers the foundation security policies and methods to provide confidentiality, integrity, and availability, as well as cryptography, audit, and user security. Topics are reinforced with hands-on exercises run in a virtual machine environment.

The second seminar course, System Hardening and Protection (DEFENSE), begins May 30 and looks at practical treatment of the defensive techniques used to harden computer systems to make them less vulnerable to cyber-attacks. This includes defect management, configuration/hardening, account control, logs/auditing, and risk assessment are covered and reinforced with hands-on exercises run in a virtual machine environment.

The third course, Advanced Cyber Security (CYBER II), begins Aug. 30. This seminar course explores areas in advanced computer and network security not covered in introductory cybersecurity classes. The course provides insight into realistic complex defensive and offensive cybersecurity topics such as Denial of Service attacks, Domain Name System security, email spam, online authentication, phishing, cloud security, malware, and web security.

By Kelly White, CERDEC