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1 NSA/DHS Centers of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Cyber Investigations Data Management Systems Security Data Security Analysis Digital Forensics Health Care Security Industrial Control Systems SCADA Security Network Security Administration Network Security Engineering Secure Cloud Computing Secure Embedded Systems Secure Mobile Technology Secure Software Development Secure Telecommunications Security Incident Analysis and Response Security Policy Development and Compliance Systems Security Administration Systems Security Engineering are for use with the CAE IA/CD Knowledge Units document. 1

2 Cyber Investigations necessary skills and abilities for performing technical analyses of computer incidents and intrusions to determine source, infiltration path, mechanism, system modifications and effects, damages, exfiltration path, data exfiltrated, and residual effects. Basic Data Analysis None Digital Investigations Forensic Accounting Fraud Prevention and Management IA Compliance 2

3 Data Management Systems Security necessary skills and abilities for the secure configuration, operation and maintenance of databases and database management systems housing sensitive data. Intro to Cryptography System Administration Database Management Systems Operating Systems Concepts Cloud Computing Cybersecurity Planning and Management Data Administration Databases IA Compliance Secure Programming Practices 3

4 Data Security Analysis necessary skills and abilities for the analysis of data (e.g., system logs, network traffic) to identify suspected malicious activities. Basic Data Analysis Basic Scripting or Introductory Programming Database Management Systems Probability and Statistics Data Administration IA Architectures IA Compliance Intrusion Detection Security Program Management Systems Engineering Wireless Sensor Networks 4

5 Digital Forensics necessary skills and abilities for the analysis of computer systems (hosts, servers, network components) to determine the effects that malware has had on the system. Basic Scripting or Introductory Programming Intro to Cryptography System Administration Operating Systems Concepts Data Structures Device Forensics Digital Investigations Forensic Accounting Hardware Reverse Engineering Host Forensics Media Forensics Network Forensics Operating Systems Theory Software Reverse Engineering Vulnerability Analysis 5

6 Health Care Security necessary skills and abilities for the design, development, operation and maintenance of computer systems used in health care applications. Cyber Defense Intro to Cryptography System Administration Database Management Systems Network Defense Data Administration Databases IA Compliance IA Standards Security Program Management Software Security Analysis 6

7 Industrial Control Systems/SCADA Security necessary skills and abilities for the design, development, operation and maintenance of industrial control systems used in critical infrastructures (e.g., finance, transportation, energy). Cyber Defense System Administration Network Defense Operating Systems Concepts Cybersecurity Planning and Management Embedded Systems Hardware/Firmware Security Industrial Control Systems Intrusion Detection Operating Systems Hardening Secure Programming Practices Systems Engineering Vulnerability Analysis 7

8 Network Security Administration necessary skills and abilities for the secure configuration, operation and operation of an enterprise computer network (to include infrastructure devices, network services and the servers upon which they run). Basic Scripting or Introductory Programming Intro to Cryptography Network Defense Advanced Network Technology and Protocols Certification and Accreditation Intrusion Detection Network Administration Network Forensics Penetration Testing Vulnerability Analysis 8

9 Network Security Engineering necessary skills and abilities for the design of secure network infrastructures and security analysis of network traffic. Basic Scripting or Introductory Programming Cyber Defense Intro to Cryptography Network Defense Advanced Cryptography Advanced Network Technology and Protocols Analog Telecommunications Digital Communications Mobile Technologies Network Administration Network Forensics Penetration Testing RF Principles Systems Engineering Vulnerability Analysis 9

10 Secure Cloud Computing necessary skills and abilities for the design, development, operation and maintenance of secure cloud architectures. Basic Scripting or Introductory Programming Cyber Defense Intro to Cryptography System Administration Network Defense Operating Systems Concepts Advanced Cryptography Advanced Network Technology and Protocols Cloud Computing IA Compliance Network Administration Operating Systems Hardening Operating Systems Theory Virtualization Technologies Vulnerability Analysis 10

11 Secure Embedded Systems necessary skills and abilities for the design, development, analysis and secure use of embedded systems technologies. Basic Scripting or Introductory Programming Operating Systems Concepts Programming Data Structures Embedded Systems Hardware Reverse Engineering Hardware/Firmware Security Industrial Control Systems Low Level Programming QA / Functional Testing Secure Programming Practices Systems Programming 11

12 Secure Mobile Technology necessary skills and abilities for the secure design, development, utilization and management of mobile technologies, devices and services. Cyber Defense Intro to Cryptography Advanced Network Technology and Protocols Data Structures Device Forensics Digital Communications Hardware/Firmware Security IA Compliance IA Standards Mobile Technologies Network Forensics RF Principles Secure Programming Practices Systems Programming Wireless Sensor Networks 12

13 Secure Software Development necessary skills and abilities for the development of secure software (i.e., software that performs only it s intended functions without the presence of exploitable vulnerabilities). Basic Scripting or Introductory Programming Programming Algorithms Data Structures Formal Methods Secure Programming Practices Software Assurance Software Security Analysis Vulnerability Analysis 13

14 Secure Telecommunications necessary skills and abilities for the design, development and secure use of secure telecommunications systems, digital and analog. Intro to Cryptography Network Defense Advanced Network Technology and Protocols Analog Telecommunications Digital Communications Low Level Programming Mobile Technologies Network Administration Network Forensics RF Principles Systems Engineering Systems Programming 14

15 Security Incident Analysis and Response necessary skills and abilities for analyzing security incidents on a system or network to determine the weakness (technological or operational) that allowed the incident to occur and developing appropriate mitigations to prevent further incidents via that weakness. Basic Data Analysis Cyber Defense System Administration Network Defense Operating Systems Concepts Cybersecurity Planning and Management Digital Investigations IA Architectures IA Compliance IA Standards Operating Systems Hardening Overview of Cyber Operations Security Program Management Vulnerability Analysis 15

16 Security Policy Development and Compliance necessary skills and abilities for the development of organizational policies related to information assurance / cyber defense and the analysis of operational systems for compliance with applicable IA/CD-related laws and policies. Cyber Defense System Administration None Cybersecurity Planning and Management IA Architectures IA Compliance IA Standards Security Program Management 16

17 System Security Administration necessary skills and abilities for the secure configuration, operation and maintenance of a computer system (host or workstation). Basic Scripting or Introductory Programming Cyber Defense System Administration Network Defense Operating Systems Concepts Certification and Accreditation Host Forensics IA Architectures IA Compliance IA Standards Intrusion Detection Network Administration Operating Systems Hardening Security Program Management Systems Engineering Vulnerability Analysis 17

18 Systems Security Engineering necessary skills and abilities for the development of secure systems from original idea through its entire lifecycle. This includes requirements definition, allocation of security mechanisms to system components for most effective and efficient implementation to satisfy the requirements, to development, operation, maintenance, and disposition of the system. Basic Scripting or Introductory Programming Cyber Defense Operating Systems Concepts Advanced Network Technology and Protocols Cybersecurity Planning and Management Data Structures IA Architectures IA Standards Low Level Programming Operating Systems Hardening QA / Functional Testing Systems Engineering Systems Programming Virtualization Technologies 18

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