We’re wrapping up 2015 with our final short course for Cybersecurity Management, run by Jeremy Koster. The exam opened last week, and unlike our other short courses, students will have two weeks to sit the final exam (call it a Christmas gift to IT Masters short course students, if you will!)
Unlike our other short courses, Cybersecurity Management is not based off a university subject. It was designed for our short course students by Jeremy for the specific purpose of building upon knowledge of how to manage security specialists and processes. For this short course, Jeremy created four weekly exercises geared towards getting students to act in some capacity as a security manager, including writing security requirements, responding to scenarios, and discussing the requirements in an ideal security team.
The exercise most personally exciting to Jeremy was Week 2’s graylog exercise. Margy’s initial impression for this short course was that it would consist mainly of soft skills as the name implied, but in fact, Jeremy does regularly have to get his hands dirty. For this exercise, students downloaded the open source log management program Graylog and then used a virtual machine to set up a testing environment in order to send security logs to a server IT Masters configured specifically for this exercise.
It was a pleasure to see posts from so many short course students with their results and also to see so many students helping each other out, troubleshooting, and writing visual guides.
Thank you to all our short course students, and we wish you luck for the exam.
Digital Forensics Wrap-Up
We can’t talk about Cybersecurity Management without, of course, discussing our Digital Forensics short course, run by Dr. Tanveer Zia. The short course was based off the CSU subject, ITC597 Digital Forensics, also taught by Tanveer.
Jeremy and James took a leaf from Tanveer’s approach when designing the Cybersecurity Management, as Digital Forensics was the first short course with weekly practical tasks that went hand in hand with the weekly quizzes. The practical tasks that Tanveer designed encouraged many students to interact and provide feedback, and we will definitely be utilising this for our future short courses.
Thank you to Tanveer and to those who signed up for our short course.
And on that note –
Thank you all for a great year. We’re looking forward to the holidays and having a break, but also to a new year of study and new short courses. Bring on 2016!
The Folks at IT Masters