# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Cybersecurity Software Operations, Advanced Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Cybersecurity Software Operations, Advanced (6306/36 weeks)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Introducing Basic Server Systems Concepts

  1. Explain server operating systems.
  2. Explain the hardware found in a server.
  3. Explain the uses of current and emerging server and storage hardware.
  4. Explain the various security procedures related to storage devices.
  5. Explain the uses of current and emerging server racking systems.
  6. Describe client-server architecture, including virtual server architecture.
  7. Identify the services commonly found on a network server.
  8. Identify the various components of a virtual network system.
  9. Explain the authentication of users in a network environment.

Installing Network Operating System and Services

  1. Compare essential network operating system components.
  2. Determine when to use peer-to-peer and/or directory services.
  3. Identify major decisions associated with the installation of a network operating system.
  4. Select server services.
  5. Install a server operating system.

Configuring Network Servers

  1. Implement directory services on a network.
  2. Manage directory and file replication.
  3. Describe the structure and architecture of the DNS.
  4. Install the DNS.
  5. Explain how a DHCP client obtains an IP address from a DHCP server.
  6. Install a DHCP service.
  7. Manage fault-tolerant volumes, using RAID.
  8. Explain the difference between roaming and local profiles.
  9. Implement directory replication.
  10. Troubleshoot directory services replication.
  11. Implement Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) services.
  12. Explain types of server malware protection.
  13. Identify security threats to applications and web services.
  14. Implement web-based and server security features.
  15. Describe the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS).
  16. Explore a security certificate.
  17. Describe firewalls.
  18. Install a firewall.
  19. Configure basic security policies of a firewall.
  20. Implement user security policies.

Performing Network Administrative Functions

  1. Define different types of accounts.
  2. Configure user and group accounts.
  3. Implement global, domain, and local account policies.
  4. Describe considerations and procedures for deploying sharing applications on the network.
  5. Manage shared disk resources.
  6. Identify the procedures for the administration of a shared printer.
  7. Identify the functions, features, and guidelines of enterprise collaboration and communication software calendaring.
  8. Implement groups for resource access and management.
  9. Implement disk quotas.
  10. Explain concepts related to logon authentication.
  11. Identify methods of encryption.

Performing Network Management and Security Function

  1. Develop a plan to avoid data loss.
  2. Back up files and directories.
  3. Restore files and directories.
  4. Develop a network performance monitoring plan.
  5. Troubleshoot user access problems.
  6. Develop a preventive maintenance plan.
  7. Develop an audit policy.
  8. Monitor server resources to track usage and disk space.
  9. Set up file, directory, and printer auditing.
  10. Explain the importance of asset management and documentation.
  11. Describe security concepts.
  12. Document a network security plan.
  13. Implement a network security plan.
  14. Describe hardening techniques.
  15. Describe various forms of malware protection for clients and servers.
  16. Explain the basic network security systems and protocols.

Maintaining Servers

  1. Describe remote administration.
  2. Identify the resources available to solve common support issues.
  3. Describe service packs and patches.
  4. Describe performance monitoring.
  5. Describe the utilities that monitor a server’s performance.
  6. Describe the backup/restore process for directory services.

Implementing and Managing Web Servers

  1. Describe the key protocols of web servers.
  2. Install web-based services (e.g., Apache, Windows IIS).
  3. Configure web-based services
  4. Explain the major architectural components and security vulnerabilities of web-based services.
  5. Establish web-based services.
  6. Add virtual servers and directories.
  7. Install a server-side programming language that supports dynamic content.

Providing User Training and Support

  1. Identify user and network administrator training needs.
  2. Provide orientation (onboarding) about a network system for new employees.
  3. Develop a security awareness training plan.
  4. Provide training to users.
  5. Create a user manual.
  6. Provide ongoing user support.
  7. Track hardware and software usage problems.

Performing Legal and Ethical Functions

  1. Identify copyright and licensing laws that apply to computer use and network administration.
  2. Describe procedures to ensure the proper licensing of a client-server operating system and applications.
  3. Identify ethical behavior.

Preparing for Industry Certification

  1. Describe the process and requirements for obtaining industry certifications related to the Cybersecurity Software Operations, Advanced course.
  2. Identify testing skills/strategies for a certification examination.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to complete selected practice examinations (i.e., practice questions similar to those on certification exams).
  4. Complete an industry certification examination representative of skills learned in this course.

Developing Employability Skills

  1. Update résumé.
  2. Update a professional portfolio that contains representative samples of student work.
  3. Identify potential employment barriers for nontraditional groups and ways to overcome these barriers.