CYNX - Cybersecurity Nexus

CYNX 2165 Professionalism in the Cybersecurity Workforce I (1-0-1) 

This course provides students with an understanding of the social impact, implications and effects of cybersecurity on society and the responsibilities of cybersecurity professionals in the emerging workplace. Specific topics include basic communication and presentation skills, dress, professionalism standards, legal and ethical responsibilities, memberships in professional societies, continuing education opportunities, networking, resume creation and industry certifications.

CYNX 2201 IT Fundamentals (2-1-2) 

This course is designed with the goal of creating a skilled and experienced industry certified IT professional. This course is the first of a two-course program that provides students with a foundation in the fundamentals of Information Technology to include the fundamental knowledge of the hardware, software and skills necessary to set up and securely use a computer, keep it in good working order and perform basic support for PCs and simple computer networks. The lessons include practical setup guides, as well as hands-on labs for the student to practice their new skills before deploying these technologies and strategies in a production network. S/U grading.

CYNX 2202 Network Fundamentals (2-1-2) 

Prerequisites: CYNX 2201 with grade of Satisfactory. This course is designed with the goal of creating a skilled and experienced industry certified IT professional. This course is the second of a two-course program that provides students a foundation in the fundamentals of all subjects related to the design, installation and maintenance of computer networks. The lessons include practical setup guides, as well as hands-on labs for the student to practice their new skills before deploying these technologies and strategies in a production network to include network security and managing risk. S/U grading.

Prerequisite(s): CYNX 2201 with a minimum grade of S

CYNX 3165 Professionalism in the Cybersecurity Workforce II (1-0-1) 

This course focuses on developing the communication skills necessary to perform the duties inherent in a Cybersecurity Professional role. Emphasis will be on research, writing reports, preparing and giving technical presentations in a non-technical manner, and preparing questions and practicing honing the interviewing skills necessary for developing and executing risk and cyber audits to include final report preparation and presentation to management. In addition, the course will cover organization and planning to include use of automated project management software.

CYNX 3201 Penetration Testing Basics (1-2-2) 

Prerequisites: CYNX 2202 with grade of Satisfactory. This course is designed with the goal of creating a skilled and experienced industry certified cybersecurity professional. This class is the foundational course towards becoming a Penetration Tester. The course builds a strong foundation in IT, Networks, and the necessary programming skills by giving theoretical lessons, enforced with practical exercises and labs held in a sophisticated virtual lab environment. At the end of the training, the student will possess the fundamental skills and practical pentesting knowledge to perform basic network security audits. S/U grading.

Prerequisite(s): CYNX 2202 with a minimum grade of S

CYNX 3202 Penetration Testing Professional (2-1-2) 

Prerequisites: CYNX 2202 with grade of Satisfactory. This course is designed with the goal of creating a skilled and experienced industry certified cybersecurity professional. Through a series of modules enforced with practical related hands-on labs, this course is a comprehensive and practical course designed to take the student from the penetration testing basics to a professional level as penetration tester. At the end of the training course, the student will be challenged with a real-world exam environment, where he/she must produce a commercial-grade penetration testing report that correctly identifies the weaknesses in this "engagement". S/U grading.

Prerequisite(s): CYNX 2202 with a minimum grade of S

CYNX 3215 Web Application Penetration Testing (1-2-2) 

Prerequisites: CYNX 3201 with grade of Satisfactory. This course is designed with the goal of creating a skilled and experienced industry certified cybersecurity professional. Through a series of modules and related hands-on labs, this course provides students with a basic hands-on experience focused on the web application penetration testing techniques. The course provides all the advanced skills necessary to carry out a thorough and professional penetration test against modern web applications. The latest research in the web application security field is used to make this course not only the most practical training course on the subject, but also the most up to date. This course, although based on the offensive approach, provides advice and best practices to solve security issues detected during a penetration test. S/U grading.

Prerequisite(s): CYNX 3201 with a minimum grade of S

CYNX 3216 Threat Hunting Professional (1-2-2) 

Prerequisites: CYNX 2202 with grade of Satisfactory. This course is designed with the goal of creating a skilled and experienced industry certified cybersecurity professional. Through a series of modules and related hands-on labs, this course provides the knowledge and skills to proactively hunt for threats in an environment. It trains the student to develop a hunting mentality using different strategies to hunt for various attack techniques and signatures. S/U grading.

Prerequisite(s): CYNX 2202 with a minimum grade of S

CYNX 3225 Digital Forensics Professional (1-2-2) 

Prerequisites: CYNX 2202 with grade of Satisfactory. This course is designed with the goal of creating a skilled and experienced industry certified cybersecurity professional. Through a series of modules and related hands-on labs, this course provides the student with the necessary knowledge and techniques to not only investigate intrusions and prepare intrusion reports, but also to assist in cases of incident response or proactive threat hunting. The student will learn to identify and gather digital evidence as well as retrieve and analyze data from both the wire and endpoints. S/U grading.

Prerequisite(s): CYNX 2202 with a minimum grade of S

CYNX 3235 Practical Network Defense (1-2-2) 

Prerequisites: CYNX 2202 with grade of Satisfactory. This course is designed with the goal of creating a skilled and experienced industry certified cybersecurity professional. Through a series of modules and related hands-on labs, this course builds on concepts covered in IT Fundamental and Network Fundamentals to understand topics and practical methods of network and system security. The lessons include full practical setup guides, as well as virtual labs for the student to practice their new skills before deploying these technologies and strategies in a production network. S/U grading.

Prerequisite(s): CYNX 2202 with a minimum grade of S

CYNX 3236 Virtualization Basics (1-2-2) 

Prerequisites: CYNX 2202 with grade of Satisfactory. This course is designed with the goal of creating a skilled and experienced industry certified cybersecurity professional. Through a series of modules and related hands-on labs, this course provides the student with the necessary knowledge and techniques to focus on the basics of virtualization including how virtualization works, concepts of a virtual machine and in-depth study of the various virtualization models. S/U grading.

Prerequisite(s): CYNX 2202 with a minimum grade of S

CYNX 3237 Practical Web Defense (1-2-2) 

Prerequisites: CYNX 2202 with grade Satisfactory. This course is designed with the goal of creating a skilled and experienced cybersecurity certified professional. This course is designed to instruct students about how web applications are attacked in the real world and what the student can do to mitigate every attack. Through a series of modules and related hands-on labs, this course provides a comprehensive and hands-on experience in Web Application defense against real-world attacks. S/U grading.

Prerequisite(s): CYNX 2202 with a minimum grade of S

CYNX 3455 Cybersecurity Apprenticeship I (3-0-3) 

The apprenticeship course combines previously obtained classroom learning (school-based) with on-the-job learning to enable students to master certain work-based skills related to the high demand, high-tech field of Cybersecurity with the purpose that students are enabled to successfully enter the work force as skilled professionals. S/U grading.

CYNX 4203 Penetration Testing Extreme (1-2-2) 

Prerequisites: CYNX 2202 with grade of Satisfactory. This course is designed with the goal of creating a skilled and experienced cybersecurity certified professional. Through a series of modules and related hands-on labs, this course provides the student with the necessary knowledge and techniques to execute state-sponsored-like operations, perform advanced adversary simulation and covers implementation details on numerous undocumented attacks plus much more. At the end of the course, the student will be challenged with a real-world exam environment, where he/she must produce a commercial-grade penetration testing report that correctly identifies the weaknesses in this "engagement". S/U grading.

Prerequisite(s): CYNX 2202 with a minimum grade of S

CYNX 4205 Advanced Reverse Engineering of Software (1-2-2) 

Prerequisites: CYNX 2202 with grade of Satisfactory. This course is designed with the goal of creating a skilled and experienced cybersecurity certified professional. Through a series of modules and related hands-on labs, this course provides the student with the theoretical and practical knowledge required to perform advanced reverse engineering of software on assembly level in third party software and/or malware. Through a series of lessons, and several challenges, the student will be taught all the necessary skills to succeed as a professional, and not just acquire a superficial understanding of how to use reversing tools. S/U grading.

Prerequisite(s): CYNX 2202 with a minimum grade of S

CYNX 4215 Web Application Penetration Testing Extreme (1-2-2) 

Prerequisites: CYNX 2202 with grade of Satisfactory. This course is designed with the goal of creating a skilled and experienced industry certified cybersecurity professional. Through a series of modules and related hands-on labs, this course provides students with a comprehensive and hands-on experience focused on the most modern web application penetration testing techniques. S/U grading.

Prerequisite(s): CYNX 2202 with a minimum grade of S

CYNX 4225 Mobile Application Security & Penetration Testing (1-2-2) 

CYNX 2202 with grade of Satisfactory. This course is designed with the goal of creating a skilled and experienced industry certified cybersecurity professional. The course provides students with the practical skills necessary to understand the technical threats and attack vectors targeting mobile devices. Through a series of modules and related hands-on labs, this course provides the student with everything needed to perform a security analysis on iOS and Android mobile applications required for modern Penetration Testers. S/U grading.

Prerequisite(s): CYNX 2202 with a minimum grade of S

CYNX 4455 Cybersecurity Apprenticeship II (3-0-3) 

The apprenticeship course combines previously obtained classroom learning (school-based) with on-the-job learning (work-based) to enable students to master certain work-based skills related to the high demand, high-tech field of Cybersecurity with the purpose that students are enabled to successfully enter the work force as skilled professionals. S/U grading.

CYNX 4705 Red Teaming Techniques (2-0-2) 

This course is based on information from the Council on Foreign Relations and is intended for the student who seeks to better understand the interests, intentions, and capabilities of institutions or potential competitors. Red teaming, including simulations, vulnerability probes, and alternative analyses, helps institutions in competitive environments to identify vulnerabilities, and weaknesses, challenge assumptions, and anticipate potential threats ahead of the next special operations raid, malicious cyberattack, or corporate merger. This course teaches the theory, best practices and results of Red Teaming through a series of case studies of real Red Team scenarios. The class will conclude with a series of Red Teaming challenges and a final Red Team project.