Certified Incident Handler Program

Course Description

This 120-hour, in-person Certified Incident Handler (CIH) program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles, tools, techniques, and technologies integral to cybersecurity incident response and management.

Throughout the program, students will explore a variety of applications, as well as consider potential future developments and concerns within this rapidly evolving field. The program culminates in the awarding of a CIH certification to those who demonstrate their proficiency through rigorous coursework and a final examination.

Program Description: This Certified Incident Handler program delves into the technical and managerial aspects of incident handling and response. By investigating real-world scenarios and applying industry-standard tools, students will learn to manage and mitigate cybersecurity incidents effectively. This program offers a balanced mix of theory and practical exercises, ensuring students develop the necessary knowledge and skills to respond to various types of cybersecurity incidents.

The comprehensive Certified Incident Handler (CIH) program is broken down into a series of stackable credentials, allowing students to demonstrate proficiency in specific areas of cybersecurity incident response. Each module provides a focused exploration of key topics, culminating in the awarding of a distinct credential. Upon completion of all modules and a final examination, students will be awarded the overarching CIH certification.

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Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the CIH program, students will be able to:

1. Understand the core principles and concepts associated with cybersecurity incident handling and response.

2. Utilize industry-standard tools and techniques to detect, analyze, and respond to security incidents.

3. Design and implement strategies to contain, eradicate, and recover from cybersecurity incidents.

4. Demonstrate knowledge of managing an incident response team and coordinating response efforts.

5. Address legal and ethical considerations related to cybersecurity incident handling.

6. Engage with emerging technologies and trends in the cybersecurity incident response field, recognizing potential future challenges and opportunities.

Successful Completion of All the Modules is Necessary to Earn the CIH Certification:

Module 1: 0801 Fundamentals of Incident Response


Duration: 10 hours

Content and Topics Covered:
Introduction to the foundational principles of incident response, significance of a structured approach, and overview of key terminologies.

Module 2: 0802 Incident Response Team Management


Duration: 14 hours

Content and Topics Covered:
Leadership principles in cybersecurity, team dynamics, communication strategies, and crisis management during incidents.

Module 3: 0803 Incident Detection and Analysis Techniques


Duration: 18 hours

Content and Topics Covered:
In-depth exploration of detection tools, analysis of security threats, hands-on labs, and methodologies for threat assessment.

Module 4: 0804 Incident Containment Strategies


Duration: 17 hours

Content and Topics Covered:
Best practices for containing active threats, design strategies for containment, real-world case studies, and simulations for immediate response.

Module 5: 0805 Incident Eradication and Recovery


Duration: 20 hours

Content and Topics Covered:
Techniques for threat elimination, recovery strategies, restoration of affected systems, and contingency planning.

Module 6: 0806 Legal and Ethical Issues in Incident Response


Duration: 16 hours

Content and Topics Covered:
Overview of legal regulations related to cybersecurity, ethical considerations, case studies on legal challenges, and discussions on ethical dilemmas in incident handling.

Module 7: 0807 Future Trends in Cybersecurity Incident Response


Duration: 25 hours

Content and Topics Covered:
Exploration of emerging technologies, evolving methodologies in incident response, workshops on anticipated challenges, and sessions on potential opportunities in the field.

Assessment Method: The program uses continuous assessment via quizzes and assignments at the end of each module and a final project presentation.

Certification: Upon successful completion of the program, including all coursework and a final examination, students will be awarded a Certified Incident Handler (CIH) certification. This certification validates the student's knowledge and skill set in handling and responding to cybersecurity incidents, making them a valuable asset to any organization's cybersecurity team. The CIH certification serves as proof of the holder's ability to not only understand and apply theoretical knowledge but also to manage and coordinate practical cybersecurity response measures effectively.

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