Secure System Setup Package

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Defence-in-depth requires individual network hosts to be set up securely, whether they be individual workstations, server systems, or cloud computing nodes. The labs in this category help you configure common operating systems securely, as well as how to configure and deploy host-based Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS's) and other security tools.

This package includes all labs in the Secure System Setup category, as well as all new labs in the category released during your subscription period. The MITRE ATT&CK Matrix is a taxonomy of adversary tactics and techniques, including detection and mitigation techniques for each. These techniques are aligned as appropriate to CYRIN exercise lab packages.


The labs in this category assume general knowledge of TCP/IP networking as well as Unix/Linux and Microsoft Windows configuration principles.


All CYRIN labs, exercises and attacks happen within a virtual environment. Each trainee or student gets their own virtual instance of a lab, exercise or attack, allowing training to be self-paced and available anywhere at any time. In order to meet specific training objectives, CYRIN subscriptions are sold on a packaged basis. That is, groups of CYRIN labs, exercises and/or attacks are recommended and bundled to meet the individual needs of the student.

CYRIN Secure System Setup Package:


6 hours, self-paced. Pause and continue at any time.

6 CPEs awarded on successful completion.

6 months of access.


1. Host IDS Setup with OSSEC

Students learn how to configure and run the widely-used, free OSSEC Host Intrusion Detection System (HIDS). During the exercise, students will learn how to check for rootkits using OSSEC, how to verify file integrity, how to set up passive and active responses, and more. Host intrusion detection is critical to maintaining a secure system, and is required by HIPAA and PCI regulations, both of which OSSEC can help you meet.

2. Using Active Directory to Manage Domain User Accounts

Students learn to use the Windows Active Directory service to create and manage domain user accounts. They also learn to set up security policies and assign these policies to users and organizational units.

3. SSH Server Configuration

Students learn the proper setup of the OpenSSH remote administration tool, including security-relevant settings. During the exercise, students will learn best practices such as host filtering, public-key or Kerberos authentication, and PAM integration.


All of the CYRIN exercise labs are mapped to the NIST NICE Framework - Specialty Areas:
  • Systems Administration (ADM)
CYRIN training is sold on a subscription basis. All CYRIN subscriptions come with two free labs: "Getting Started with CYRIN" and "Web application Security Analysis using OWASP-ZAP". All new CYRIN courses that are added to the training platform during a subscription period will be made available to subscribers at no additional cost.


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