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By the end of this 5-week curriculum, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of the threat landscape, the role of technical safeguards including anti-malware software and network network security, and incident response strategies.


You will be equipped with practical skills to safeguard computer systems from viruses and malware.

Week 1: Introduction to Cybersecurity Threats

  • Objective: Understand the landscape of cybersecurity threats, with a focus on viruses and malware.

  • Introduction to common types of malware: viruses, worms, Trojans, ransomware, and spyware.


Week 2: Fundamentals of Cybersecurity


  • Objective: Explore the basic framework for understanding safeguards

  • Overview of the 6 fundamental concepts:

  • Confidentiality

  • Integrity

  • Availability

  • Physical Safeguards

  • Technical Safeguards


Week 3: Securing Endpoints and Networks


  • Objective: Understand how to extend protection beyond individual devices.

  • Introduction to endpoint security: firewalls, intrusion detection/prevention systems.

  • Network-level protection strategies.


Week 4: Guest Speaker – Sandia Labs


Week 5: Technical Safeguard: anti-malware software


  • Objective: Delve into advanced techniques employed by anti-malware tools for proactive defense.

  • Heuristic analysis and behavioral monitoring.

  • Signature-based vs. behavior-based detection.

  • Explore XDR (extended detection and response)

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