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Cyber Defense Incident Responder | PR-CIR-001 | Work Role 531

  • Number of Courses20 courses
  • Duration28 hours
  • Skill IQ available Skill IQ

A cyber defense incident responder responds to crises or urgent situations to mitigate immediate and potential threats while investigating and analyzing all relevant response activities. Responsibilities include using mitigation, preparedness, and response and recovery approaches, as needed, to maximize survival of life, preservation of property, and information security.  

This path will get you started on your journey to becoming a cyber defense incident responder! Begin with the fundamental concepts of network protocols and traffic analysis through hands-on labs, dive into the essential skills necessary to perform the day-to-day functions of response and remediation and then expand your skill set with tools, more advanced concepts and knowledge from adjacent roles!

Path estimated completion time is ~40 hours for total content.


This path aligns to the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Tasks (KSAs) within the Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity (CSWF) and the DoD Cyber Workforce Framework (DCWF) for the work role of:

Cyber Defense Incident Responder Work Role 531 or PR-CIR-001


For complete coverage of skill paths and tooling for the Cyber Defense Incident Responder role, please navigate to the Incident Responder Channel

Courses in this path


Begin your learning journey with the fundamental concepts of network protocols, packet analysis and security monitoring and detection through some hands-on labs and courses!

*Note the lab length is showing the allotted time that the environment will be open and available before resetting. The estimated completion time of each lab is 45 minutes.

Expanded Skillset

It's time to expand your skill set with tools, more advanced concepts and emerging trends and vulnerabilities!

This section gives you a brief introduction into many, additional skills that you will find helpful as a cyber defense incident responder. We have full training paths on all of these skills; see the Supplemental Skill Paths section to learn more.

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