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NEW, FREE course in Cybersecurity: September 10-13 in Little Rock

A new course, Cybersecurity Proactive Defense, is being held September 10-13, 2018, at the Criminal Justice Institute in Little Rock. This is a FREE, 4-day (32-contact hour) training sponsored by funding from DHS/FEMA’s National Education and Training Division.

This is an advanced-level instructor-led course designed for technical personnel who monitor and protect our nation’s critical cyber infrastructure. CPD uses hands-on computer lab applications to simulate advanced attack vectors, sequential and escalating attack steps, and hands-on attack execution. Students learn penetration testing skills, defense analysis techniques, and real-time response and threat mitigation steps.

Blended learning methods will be utilized, including a balance of classroom lecture, hands-on laboratory exercises, and the use of cyberterrorism response tools, as cyberterror attacks against significant national network infrastructure targets will be simulated. CPD classes stress a proactive approach to providing computer, network, and infrastructure incident response handling. Solutions and methods taught are non-vendor-specific, which does not require participants to have specialized software when trying to implement class lessons at their own agencies. CDI stresses proper network and data engineering techniques and methodology over simple software packages, keeping agency financial requirements to a minimum.

CPD is offered free-of-charge to technical personnel who work for agencies or organizations considered as a part of our nation’s critical infrastructure.

Class description, prerequisites, and registration information can be found at

For more information, contact Bill Byrd at 501-570-8084. 

Course Requirements:
This course is an advanced level, hands-on course where network and security knowledge and experience is required. Alternative experience may be considered in lieu of listed requirements, based upon seating availability and review by CDI admissions staff.

A minimum of three years of experience as a system/network administrator or as a cybersecurity professional is required. An intermediate understanding of network concepts, along with general knowledge of computer operating systems, is required.


Any experience with handling cyber-incidents; plus, a minimum of three years of experience as a system or network administrator or IT security specialist.