Incident Response Simulation

Learn to handle cybersecurity incidents and build your expertise with our Incident Response Simulation Project.

Incident Response Simulation Project                
  • Project starts2 October 2024
  • PrerequisitesIT & Networking Fundamentals
  • Project Duration6 weeks
  • Course Price This project is part of the Career Launcher Cyber Security Course

The Project

Welcome aspiring cybersecurity professionals! Get ready to embark on a thrilling journey into the heart of cybersecurity with our Incident Response Simulation Project. In this immersive experience, you’ll be diving headfirst into the exciting world of incident response. This project is not just about learning; it’s about developing real-world skills that will set you on the path to becoming a cybersecurity expert.

During this part of your course, students will complete a series of simulated incident response simulations with guidance from your mentor. The purpose of this final set of project activities is to develop your experience in conducting the correct process for handling an incident response.

Students will engage in hands-on exercises within a virtual environment that mirrors real-world scenarios, allowing you to apply incident response techniques in a safe yet challenging setting.

Explore the complete incident response process, including preparation, detection & identification, containment, eradication, and recovery. Gain proficiency in each phase, preparing you for any incident.

Develop essential teamwork and communication skills as you work alongside your peers, simulating the dynamics of a real incident response team.

Incident Response

Meet Your Mentor

Job Asiimwe

McKinsey & Company | Senior Security Operations Manager

Meet Your Mentor

Job Asiimwe is a seasoned Cyber Security Leader with a comprehensive background in Security Operations, Cloud Security, and Application Security. Currently spearheading the Senior Security Operations Manager role at McKinsey & Company, Job has been instrumental in developing cutting-edge solutions for complex cybersecurity challenges. With over a decade of experience,

Job Asiimwe is a seasoned Cyber Security Leader with a comprehensive background in Security Operations, Cloud Security, and Application Security. Currently spearheading the Senior Security Operations Manager role at McKinsey & Company, Job has been instrumental in developing cutting-edge solutions for complex cybersecurity challenges. With over a decade of experience, he has a proven track record of driving innovation, operational excellence, and building high-performing teams across various sectors.

Job is not just a strategist but a hands-on leader. His approach to cybersecurity is unique, viewing it as a strategic business driver and not merely a defensive mechanism. His work involves implementing robust security measures while fostering environments that encourage growth and innovation. This philosophy has been a guiding force in his roles, where he has successfully reduced operational costs, integrated advanced security technologies, and influenced corporate cybersecurity strategies.

Before his tenure at McKinsey, Job made significant impacts at Schneider Electric and Philips Healthcare, where he led teams to enhance security infrastructures and response capabilities. His educational foundation in Computer and Information Systems, combined with certifications like CISM and AWS Cloud Practitioner, underpins his deep technical expertise.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Job is deeply committed to knowledge sharing and mentorship. He maintains an active online presence where he shares insights and engages with the cybersecurity community, furthering discussions on emerging threats and innovative solutions.

Job’s unique blend of technical know-how, strategic thinking, and leadership skills make him a distinguished figure in the cybersecurity domain, driving forward-thinking solutions that align security with business objectives.

Where I’ve worked
  • Information Security Instructor @ McKinsey & Company
  • IT Security Leader @ Schneider Electric
  • Security Operations Center Team Manager @ Philips Health Tech
What you'll learn
During your Cyber Security course you will develop the confidence to apply the full range of Cyber Security skills needed to be successful as a Security Analyst or SOC level 1/2. In this project, we’ll cover key capabilities in the Incident Response domain. Equally important to these skills will be developing your attitudinal strengths through the course so that you are as employable as possible upon graduation.


Firewalls

Firewalls are security systems that monitor and control incoming and outgoing network traffic based on predetermined security rules, acting as a barrier between a trusted network and an untrusted network.


How it will be practiced and demonstrated

This knowledge area is a pre-requisite for our Cyber Security course. Your knowledge of Firewalls will support the project work you complete throughout the course.


Malware

Malware, in cybersecurity, is malicious software designed to harm, exploit, or unauthorizedly access a computer system, network, or data.


How it will be practiced and demonstrated

This knowledge area is a pre-requisite for our Cyber Security course. Your knowledge of Malware will support the project work you complete throughout the course.


Data Protection

Data protection in cybersecurity involves implementing measures and protocols to safeguard sensitive information from unauthorized access, corruption, or theft throughout its lifecycle.


How it will be practiced and demonstrated

Students will demonstrate an understanding of foundational concepts of data protection, including data confidentiality, integrity, and availability. Mastering this skill area includes optimizing data protection strategies to address specific organisational needs and emerging threats.


Endpoint Protection

Endpoint protection in cybersecurity is the practice of securing endpoints or entry points of end-user devices like desktops, laptops, and mobile devices from being exploited by malicious actors and campaigns.


How it will be practiced and demonstrated

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of endpoint protection, including the importance of securing individual devices to protect the network. Mastering this skill area includes guiding organizations to enhance their endpoint protection capabilities to defend against sophisticated threats.


Patch Management

Patch management in cybersecurity is the process of managing updates for software and systems, fixing vulnerabilities, enhancing functionality, and maintaining current security standards.


How it will be practiced and demonstrated

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of patch management. Mastering this skill area includes a capability to develop strategies to ensure comprehensive and timely patch application across an organization.


Incident Response Preparation

Incident response preparation in cybersecurity involves establishing protocols and teams to efficiently manage and mitigate the impact of security incidents, breaches, or cyber attacks.


How it will be practiced and demonstrated

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of Incident Response Preparation. Mastering this skill area includes a capability to optimise incident response preparation processes and integrate them seamlessly with other security protocols.


Incident Response Detection & Identification

Incident response detection and identification in cybersecurity is the process of monitoring for, recognizing, and determining the nature of cybersecurity incidents or threats as they occur.


How it will be practiced and demonstrated

Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic incident detection and identification methods.. Mastering this skill area includes demonstrating proficiency in utilising advanced tools and techniques for incident detection and identification.


Incident Response Response Containment

Incident response containment in cybersecurity refers to the actions taken to limit the extent and impact of a cybersecurity incident or breach to prevent further damage or data loss.


How it will be practiced and demonstrated

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of containing security incidents. Mastering this skill area includes demonstrating a capability to develop and optimise containment strategies to address a wide range of incidents.


Incident Response Response Eradication

Incident response eradication in cybersecurity involves identifying and eliminating the root cause of a security incident or threat, to prevent its recurrence and restore system integrity.


How it will be practiced and demonstrated

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the different eradication methods and their applications. Mastering this skill area includes assessing the effectiveness of eradication strategies and recommending enhancements.


Incident Response Response Recovery

Incident response recovery in cybersecurity is the process of restoring and returning affected systems and operations to normal functioning after a security incident, while ensuring ongoing protection and resilience.


How it will be practiced and demonstrated

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of recovery after security incidents. Mastering this skill area includes leading organisations in enhancing their resilience and recovery capabilities after security incidents.

During your projects, you will have a chance to practice and demonstrate competency in communication by successfully transmitting your ideas, thinking processes and solutions in a way that is easily understood by others.

Your mentor will observe and assess your competency across a number of communication related skills including;

Listening

Listening is the ability to accurately receive and interpret messages in the communication process. Listening is key to all effective communication and is not a passive process. In fact, the listener can, and should, be at least as engaged in the process as the speaker. The phrase ‘active listening’ is used to describe this process of being fully involved.

Presence

Your presence signals your capacity to stand out and make an impact on those around you. As you move into senior roles, this attribute becomes particularly important, however it is also an attribute that can support your ability to make a positive impression on hiring managers during a job interview process.

Articulation

An ability to express yourself in a coherent form helps to ensure people will understand your value. Great articulators are able to clearly communicate complex scenarios to their audience to ensure they are understood. This can go a long way to supporting your interview process and building confidence in those you are communicating with.

Inclusivity

In a modern work environment you are required to work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds, cultures and social positions. The most highly effective teams are those that are able to adapt and learn to work with a range of people and personalities.

A tried and true skill for any professional is the ability to present their ideas to an audience and effectively transmit the intended message. You will have the opportunity to strengthen your presentation skills in front of a live company stakeholder at the conclusion of your project(s).

Your mentor will observe and assess your competency across a number of presenting related skills including;

Introductions

Your presentations should take your audience on an engaging journey. How you start a presentation is critical to capturing your audience’s attention and establishing the premise and flow of the story line.

Presentation Structure

The structure of your presentations will determine whether your audience comes away with new insights and understanding or if they dis-engage from your message. Take the time to consider the structure of your ideas, the order they follow and how they how to support the audience on their journey to your conclusion.

Conclusions

Bring home your presentations with a conclusion that links back to your main points and introduction. The goal of a good conclusion to a presentation is leaving your audience with a tangible take-away that adds value to them. Knowing your audience and what is important to them is a key starting point to forming a strong conclusion.

Audience Feedback

At times you will be required to field questions and be ready to move off-script to maintain the value exchange between yourself and the audience. Great presenters encourage audience interaction and curate this dynamic to emphasise key points in the presentation without letting it derail their core message.

Presence

Your audience will feel as comfortable as you are. Therefore it is important to ensure you are as comfortable as possible with the material you are presenting and strive to maintain confidence in your own abilities to deliver the presentation. Practice makes perfect here so don’t get disheartened if it takes some time before you’re completely at ease delivering your message in a presentation format.

The best solutions are most often formed through the input of multiple people. In modern work environments, small team collaboration is an increasingly sought after skill by employers, as agile ways of working are adopted that bring together multiple disciplines around a unified challenge.

Your mentor will observe and assess your competency across a number of collaboration related skills including;

Interaction

Effective collaboration with others is one of the primary skills hiring managers look for in new talent, particularly for digital roles where you are required to work closely with individuals from all different departments and skill sets. Collaboration is the make up of all your interactions with your teammates and stakeholders.

Teamwork & Leadership

There will be times during your Harness Projects where you will need to work as a team to synthesise research or support each other with feedback and advice. You may be called on to lead as the group recognises a specific skill set in you in relation to a task at hand. Your communication skills will be your foundation for success here, so take the opportunity to step into leadership roles and inspire confidence in yourself and others.

Conflict Resolution

Conflict, arguments and change are a natural part of our lives and often helps us learn more about differing beliefs, cultures and backgrounds. How we respond to these moments goes a long way to determining how quickly a group, organisation or culture can find a foundation of harmony to continue working / relating effectively, to the task at hand.

Initiative & Contribution

Showing initiative is doing things without being told; finding out what you need to know, continuing when things get tough, and spotting and taking advantage of the opportunities that others pass by. You act, instead of reacting, at work. Initiative has become increasingly important in today’s workplace. Organizations want employees who can think on their feet and take action without waiting for someone to tell them what to do. After all, this type of flexibility and courage is what pushes teams and organizations to innovate and to overcome competition.

You will demonstrate empathy by listening to your end-users and stakeholders and appropriately translating their needs, motivations and pain points into your final recommendation solution. A number of important factors contribute your over empathy as a working professional. This includes compassion for your colleagues and customers, an openness to alternative ideas and ways of working, a curiosity to understand others on a deeper level and the social awareness to foresee the impacts of the work you contribute.

Your mentor will observe and assess your competency across a number of empathy related skills including;

Compassion

When you sit in a room with your colleagues or your clients do you ever look for where there’s a pain in the room? And if you do notice, do you feel content enough to do something about it? Studies are finding these simple acts found in compassionate workplaces are helping to produce more productive, efficient and happier employees in organizations. Differing slightly from empathy which allows us to mirror someone else’s feelings, or altruism which is an action that benefits someone else, compassion is an
emotional response when perceiving suffering and involves an authentic desire to help. At Harness Projects, we strive to build a team culture of compassion. We’re all on this learning journey together and the more we can demonstrate moments of compassion for one another and all of our unique experiences during the project the stronger the bond we will form and the better the outcomes will be for everyone involved.

Openness

Openness is one of the big 5 personality traits. People who demonstrate high levels of openness tend to be linked to high levels of creative thinking, curiosity and flexibility. Openness includes a receptivity to new ideas as well as an attention to the inner feelings of others. These are traits that will support you well in the problem solving work you do.

Curiosity

Curiosity is a quality related to inquisitive thinking such as exploration, investigation, and learning. Curiosity as a behavior and emotion is considered the driving force behind not only human development, but developments in science, language, and industry. Every problem you encounter will ask for a level of curiosity from you. The more you can surrender to that curiosity and reserve assumptions or early judgement, the more space you will have to seek out novel and effective solutions to the design challenge at hand. Not only that, but a curiosity in how you develop during this learning program is a self-awareness trait that hiring managers will value highly.

Social Awareness

Having an awareness of the impact of your work is critically important to how you can contribute to the world we want to live in. You are in an extremely fortunate position to be part of an education program along with learning a skill that can help shape the experiences of millions of less fortunate people. The projects we curate at Harness Projects are all about applying all of your efforts to meaningful causes. It hopefully shows us what is possible and demonstrate that all of our efforts when combined contribute to the type of world we want to live in.

Real-world projects can bring unexpected challenges and opportunities. Just like a real-world work environment, your capability for resourcefulness can go a long way to securing a successful career. Your mentor will guide you and assess you on your ability to demonstrate self-direction when required, problem solving and project management capabilities and your openness to learning from circumstances that arise. We focus on this to ensure that our graduates are equipped with the internal resourcefulness to excel in the workplace.

Your mentor will observe and assess your competency across a number of resourcefulness related skills including;

Self-direction

Self-direction is the ability to regulate and adapt your behavior to the demands of a situation in order to achieve one’s goals. Sometimes related to willpower, it describes the extent to which a person demonstrates integrated purposefulness rather than a disorganised set of reactive impulses. Throughout your project, there will be moments to receive guidance from others and moments to make the experience your own through self-directed learning. Ask questions and take actions that help to align your trajectory to the outcomes you have set for yourself during the project.

Problem Solving

Problems solving is at the centre of what many people do at work every day. Whether you’re solving a problem for a client (internal or external), supporting those who are solving problems, or discovering new problems to solve, the challenges you face can be large or small, simple or complex, and easy or difficult. Your project is a problem solving sandbox, with your project brief forming the overarching problem you are attempting to solve.
However, within that overarching problem are countless mini-problems that you will encounter on your journey.

Project Management

Project management skills are not simply reserved for those with the “Project Manager” title. In work, we all have a responsibility to apply effective project management skills to the work that we do. This includes managing our time, planning out the activities we intend to take to reach our goals and making the best use of the resources and support at hand. The earlier you can get into a project management mindset for your project the better it will go. Plan your time early and plan often. By staying on top of this during your projects, you will ensure a smooth run to the finish line instead of a heavy workload at the very end. This skill will serve you well in ensuring you maintain a work life balance in your career.

Learnability

Learnability is being seen by some companies as the most sought-after attribute for both employees and job candidates, even up to senior executive levels. Learnability describes someone’s aptitude for learning, developing new skills and adopting novel ways of doing things. Those individuals who are highly proficient learners are seen as adaptable and
therefore able to keep pace with the dizzying level of technological and commercial change companies are currently coping with. Disruptive innovation doesn’t disrupt them – they figure it out, adapt and are rapidly productive in the new environment.

Agile behaviors consist of specific traits including self-reflection, resilience, creativity and a growth mindset. When brought together, these skills contribute to an individual who has the ability to stay agile in a changing work environment and a capacity to evolve to take advantage of opportunities for growth.

Your mentor will observe and assess your competency across a number of agile related skills including;

Self-reflection

Self reflection is like looking into a mirror and describing what you see. It is a way of assessing yourself, your ways of working and how you learn. To put it simply ‘reflection’ means to think about something. Reflecting helps you to develop your skills and review their effectiveness, rather than just carry on doing things as you have always done them. It is about questioning, in a positive way, what you do and why you do it and then deciding whether there is a better, or more efficient, way of doing it in the future.

Resilience

Resilience is the ability to cope with unexpected changes and challenges in your work and life. It’s not always possible to prevent stressful or adverse situations, but you can strengthen your capacity to deal with these challenges. You can start to build resilience by asking yourself; What can I do to get back on track? I can’t control everything, so what is in my control? Can I change something I’m doing to make things better? What can I learn from this? There are no guarantees that real world projects will be smooth sailing. You may need to nd inner courage and resilience to get through challenging moments in your project experience. This is a sandbox for your growth but remember to reach out for support when you need it.

Creativity

Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is characterised by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to nd hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions. Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing. Your project-based learning experience will be a creative endeavor in forming your UX solution. There are ways to enhance your creativity, here are some starters; Seek out associations, that is connections between questions, problems or ideas from unrelated fields. Pose queries that challenge common wisdom. Scrutinize behavior of customers and competitors.

Growth Mindset

A growth mindset describes the underlying belief people have about learning and intelligence. When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement. This is because they worry less about looking smart and they put more energy into learning. We all have triggers that bring us back to a fixed mindset. It may be when we face challenges or criticism. To remain in the ‘growth’ zone, we must identify and work with these triggers. Once we can identify the triggers, we can learn to talk back to it, persuading it to collaborate with us in pursuing our goals.

Resourcefulness is characterized by resilience, a growth mindset, self-reflection, and curiosity, which, when combined, define an individual capable of overcoming obstacles with creativity, continuously learning and adapting, introspectively assessing situations, and exploring innovative solutions.

Your mentor will observe and assess your competency across a number of resourcefulness skills including;

Resilience

Resilience is the ability to cope with unexpected changes and challenges in your work and life. It’s not always possible to prevent stressful or adverse situations, but you can strengthen your capacity to deal with these challenges. You can start to build resilience by asking yourself; What can I do to get back on track? I can’t control everything, so what is in my control? Can I change something I’m doing to make things better? What can I learn from this? There are no guarantees that real world projects will be smooth sailing. You may need to nd inner courage and resilience to get through challenging moments in your project experience. This is a sandbox for your growth but remember to reach out for support when you need it.

Growth Mindset

A growth mindset describes the underlying belief people have about learning and intelligence. When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement. This is because they worry less about looking smart and they put more energy into learning. We all have triggers that bring us back to a fixed mindset. It may be when we face challenges or criticism. To remain in the ‘growth’ zone, we must identify and work with these triggers. Once we can identify the triggers, we can learn to talk back to it, persuading it to collaborate with us in pursuing our goals.

Self-Reflection

Self reflection is like looking into a mirror and describing what you see. It is a way of assessing yourself, your ways of working and how you learn. To put it simply ‘reflection’ means to think about something. Reflecting helps you to develop your skills and review their effectiveness, rather than just carry on doing things as you have always done them. It is about questioning, in a positive way, what you do and why you do it and then deciding whether there is a better, or more efficient, way of doing it in the future.

Curiosity

Curiosity embodies the innate drive to explore, question, and understand the world around us. When individuals are curious, they are more inclined to delve deeper into subjects, seeking to uncover new information and insights. This relentless pursuit of knowledge fuels continuous learning and discovery. Curiosity propels people to venture beyond their comfort zones, embracing the unknown with enthusiasm rather than fear. It's this very trait that leads to innovative thinking and creative solutions, as curious minds are never satisfied with surface-level answers. However, every person has moments when their curiosity might wane, often stifled by fear of the unknown or complacency. To nurture and sustain curiosity, it's crucial to recognize and challenge these moments, transforming them into opportunities for growth and exploration. By doing so, individuals can harness curiosity as a powerful ally in their quest for lifelong learning and personal development.

Stress Management

Stress management is the art of navigating the complexities of stress with strategies and techniques that enhance well-being and personal effectiveness. It encompasses recognizing the sources of stress, understanding its impact on our physical and mental health, and adopting practical methods to mitigate its effects. Effective stress management enables individuals to maintain balance and composure, even in the face of life's inevitable pressures and challenges. It involves a proactive approach to setting boundaries, prioritizing tasks, and finding time for relaxation and rejuvenation. Mastery of stress management not only improves resilience and emotional stability but also promotes a more focused and productive mindset. It's essential to acknowledge that stress is a natural part of life; the key lies in developing a toolkit of coping mechanisms that allow for a healthy processing of stressors. By doing so, individuals can transform potentially overwhelming situations into opportunities for personal growth and enhanced performance.

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