Cyber Scheme Foundation Level (CSFL) training course

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About the course

The Cyber Scheme Foundation Level (CSFL) training course is designed for anyone wishing to begin a career in technical cyber security.

The Cyber Scheme’s CSFL (Cyber Scheme Foundation Level) training has been created to highlight and address the skills and knowledge required in order to be successful as a junior or would-be cyber security professional in, or looking for, an entry level role. It supports our CSFL Assessment which is taken on the third day of the training course.

In person training – the sure route to success.

The course takes place over two and a half days from a purpose built assessment centre in Cheltenham – following The Cyber Scheme’s belief that in-person training is of a much higher level, is much more bespoke and is much more effective than anything provided online or remotely.

As soon as candidates enter the classroom they will be immersed in the world of cyber security with practical hands-on exercises and expert tuition from a Cyber Scheme Instructor. They will learn about Linux systems, Windows systems, how to script in bash and in python. Also taught are the fundamentals of computer networking, web application technologies and vulnerability scanning, as well as the laws and ethics associated with security testing. This training will give candidates the essential skills of an ethical hacker at junior level.

Training is led by Paul Richards, a subject matter expert in ethical hacking and penetration testing who specialises in helping others progress within cyber security through training, mentoring and the highest standard of assessment.

Training modules for the CSFL course consist of:

  • The Laws and Ethics Associated with Security Testing
  • Building and Maintaining a Security Testing Device
  • Fundamental Linux CLI for the Purpose of Security Testing
  • Fundamental Linux Scripting for the Purposes of Security Testing
  • Fundamental Python Coding for Ethical Hackers
  • Fundamental Windows Operating System Commands
  • Computer Networking Fundamentals
  • Packet capturing for Security Testing and Ethical Hacking
  • Web Application Fundamentals
  • Vulnerability Analysis Fundamentals.

The training course associated with the CSFL assessment is an entry level course and as such has no prerequisites. However, candidates should bring a working laptop (i.e. Windows 11), with a security testing distro (i.e. Kali Linux), some form of VA software (i.e. Nessus) and a working power supply, wired Ethernet port and have admin rights to add and remove software as required. You will need to use the USB ports to copy data.

If you want to start researching some of the topics, take a look at the laws and ethics around ethical hacking and some basic computer networking concepts. We will cover all this in the training, but some people like to get a head start.

Why choose The Cyber Scheme?

One of the reasons The Cyber Scheme have created the CSFL is to help close the cyber security skills gap in technical cyber security, by increasing the number of appropriately qualified people entering the industry and supporting industry needs for practical expertise even at beginner level jobs.

We regularly talk to students, graduates, career transitioners and recruiters about the difficulties they face in trying to access and fill entry level roles; it has become clear to us that, despite the best efforts of students to train and educate themselves with certifications and training courses, they are wasting time, money and effort being directed to unsuitable resources which are not well regarded in industry. The danger is that they give up before they have even started – creating even more pressure on the skills gap.

CSFL provides candidates with a meaningful starting qualification from an industry leading, NCSC-Assured assessment body. Procurement and hiring teams will be able to identify candidates with the CSFL qualification as having the foundational skills needed to be on their way to becoming a security testing practitioner.

“I enjoyed the whole course as it gave me the opportunity to practise the skills needed for Pentesting with an experienced Pentester in the room. This allowed me to ask questions when needed instead of relying on the internet.”

Rachael Bailey, TechVets

The price is £900 +VAT for 2.5 days of training. An optional three hour assessment takes place on the final day; this costs £400+VAT. Please visit our website to enquire further or confirm a booking.

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