WSS 010

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(Last Modified:20-May-2020)


The course provides hands on laboratory exploration of adversarial cyber threats to DOD networks and weapon systems. No previous experience in cybersecurity is necessary. Students will learn and execute (in the lab environment) basic offensive cyber techniques, develop system requirements to defeat the threats, implement countermeasures and assess countermeasures effectiveness. Two days are spent on enterprise network attacks and security countermeasures and one day is spent working with an unmanned aerial system simulator which is representative of currently fielded DOD unmanned weapon systems. The inclusion of offensive techniques training for DoD weapon systems differentiates this workshop from similar training provided in the commercial sector.
Critical Behaviors: Upon completion of this workshop the student will in their work environment, be able to:
1. Write system cybersecurity performance requirements from the perspective of defeating adversarial attacks.
2. Provide subject matter expertise at system design reviews regarding architectures and designs that are necessary to defeat cyber attacks on a system.
3. Assume a leadership role in developing and executing cooperative and adversarial cybersecurity test and evaluation plans and procedures.
4. Identify exploitable weaknesses in operating systems and software code using COTS tools across multiple computing platforms and devices.
5. Train program office personnel on cyber attack vectors including removable media, insider threats, social engineering, network and wireless access points.
Terminal Learning Objective (TLO): Use threat based engineering principles to support decisions made regarding cybersecurity throughout the system development lifecycle.
Enabling Learning Objectives (ELO):
ELO 1: Analyze cyber-attack vectors—“Think like an adversary”
ELO 2: Describe the approach to “baking in” cybersecurity in designs as part of the systems engineering technical processes
ELO 3: Develop system requirements which are intended to reduce the likelihood of cyber attack success or reduce the mission impact of a successful attack
ELO 4: Execute cyber attacks against networks and weapon systems in a laboratory environment to identify vulnerabilities
ELO 5: Execute cyber attacks against networks and weapon systems in a laboratory environment to assess effectiveness of implemented countermeasures
ELO 6: Describe how threat based engineering and assessment are accomplished
ELO 7: Describe the ethical and legal requirements associated with offensive cyber operations
Target Attendees
System Program Office personnel to include government and support contractors. No previous experience in cybersecurity is necessary.
None, the course is presented at an introductory level.
Predecessor Course(s) (Acceptable as a substitute for this course until the acceptance date specified below.)
Predecessor Predecessor Course Title PDS Code Accepted Until
None None None None
Course Length
This is a 3-day lab workshop. The length can be tailored and the CLPs will be adjusted accordingly.
Additional Course Information
Delivery Mode Workshop
Equivalent Courses  
ACE Recommended Credits  
PDS Code  
DAU Public (material/prework) N/A
Continuing Education Units   0
Continuous Learning Points  21
Reservist Retirement Points  
Historical Allocations Mouse Over for Past CEU/CLPs
1. Taught at the unclassified level.
2. Workshop is offered onsite at the DAU Cyber Training Ranges located at the California, MD, Huntsville, AL, San Diego, CA and Ft. Belvoir, VA campuses.
3. Course is offered once per month at each location and seating is limited.
4. Workshop is available for registration through the DAU Virtual Campus.