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CyberSec First Responder CFR-410

CyberSec First Responder CFR-410

I am proud to announce that we teamed up with CertNexsus again for their latest version of the extremely popular Cyber Security First Responder program to reflect our experience from the field to the program.

As a commute member of CFR I would like to thank also all experts for their help to make this course even better : Here is the full list of the experts who helped us to create a great program:

Dallas Bishoff, Dallas Bishoff, Aaron D. Sanders, Paul Dumbleton, Paul Dumbleton, Sukru Durmaz, Ben Ottoman, Laurent Boucard , Adam Danieluk, Predrag Tasevski, Steven Short, Randall Magiera, William Smith Jr., William McBorrough and Petr McAllister.

About CFR-410

Cybersecurity professionals need to adapt to changes in the threat landscape. At CertNexus we believe certifications should adapt as well. Our updated CFR-410 credential includes the addition of the “Protect” domain, which emphasizes preventative measures and security architecting prior to, and in anticipation of, an incident.

The program provides closer alignment with the NIST framework, and meets DoD 8140 certification baselines for CSSP analyst, CSSP Infrastructure Support, CSSP Incident Responder and CSSP Auditor.

In addition, CyberSec First Responder (CFR) aligns with personnel requirements within NIST 800.171r2 (Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations) for Audit and Accountability, Incident Response and Risk Assessment. CFR prepares candidates to identify, assess, respond to, and protect against security threats and operate a system and network security analysis platform.

Exam Code: CFR-410

Launch Date: March 2022

Sunset Date: TBD (2025)

Target Candidate:

Individuals with between 3 and 5 years of experience working in a computing environment as part of a CERT/CSIRT/SOC who protect critical information systems before, during, and after an incident.

CyberSec First Responder Bridging the Gap between CFR-310 and CFR-410

Exam Description

The CyberSec First Responder™ exam will certify that the successful candidate has the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to deal with a changing threat landscape and will be able to assess risk and vulnerabilities, acquire data, perform analysis, continuously communicate, determine scope, recommend remediation actions, and accurately report results.

Number of Questions 80

Item Formats: Multiple Choice/Multiple Response

Exam Duration

120 minutes (including 5 minutes for Candidate Agreement and 5 minutes for Pearson VUE tutorial)

Exam Options

In person at Pearson VUE test centers or online via Pearson OnVUE

Passing Score

70% or 73% depending on exam form. (Note: Forms have been statistically equated.)

Common Job Titles: 

  • System Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Information System Technician
  • Incident Responder
  • Incident Response Analyst
  • Cyber Crime Investigator
  • IT Auditor
  • Information Security and IT Auditor
  • Systems Analyst
  • Network Analyst
  • Incident Analyst
  • Security Analyst
  • Network Security Engineer
  • Information Assurance Analyst
  • Network Defense Technician
  • Network Administrator
  • Information Systems Security Engineer

About CyberSec First Responder

Cybersecurity professionals require a well-rounded understanding of the tools, processes, and strategies that can be employed to defend their information systems from constantly evolving threats. CyberSec First Responder® (CFR) is a comprehensive certification designed to validate the knowledge and skills required to protect these critical information systems before, during, and after an incident.

The CFR exam is accredited under the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standard and is approved by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to fulfill Directive 8570/8140 requirements.

The CFR-210 version of the CyberSec First Responder examination retired in September 2019. Certifications will no longer be issued for CyberSec First Responder under the retired CFR-210 scheme. All future candidates and current certificants must take and pass the updated exam, CFR-310, in order to hold a valid CyberSec First Responder certification.

CyberSec First Responder® (Exam CFR-410) Bridge Document

This bridge document is written for instructors who have used CertNexus’ CyberSec First Responder™ (Exam CFR-310) courseware and are looking to come up to speed on the CyberSec First Responder® (Exam CFR-410) courseware quickly and efficiently.

Our instructional designers work to retain sequencing and activities wherever possible, while adding new content to stay up to date on the cybersecurity landscape, align with the latest CFR-410 exam objectives, and provide an excellent class experience.

Exam Changes
The following table compares the exam domains that CertNexus publishes for the Exam CFR-310
certification and the Exam CFR-410 certification.

Domain   Exam CFR-310                        % of  Exam  Exam CFR-410    % of Exam
1.0           Threats and Attacks                   24%            Identify               22%
2.0          Data Collection and Analysis   23%             Protect               24%
3.0 Incident Response Methods TT      22%              Detect                18%
4.0 The Incident Response Process       18%             Respond            19%
5.0 Vulnerability Assessment                 13%             Recover              17%


Overview of Changes
The CyberSec First Responder® (Exam CFR-410) course:
– Reflects changes and updates to the cybersecurity landscape, including new and changing
threats, vulnerabilities, and security technologies.
–  Reflects changes to the CertNexus exam blueprint and objectives, including the addition of the
“Protect” domain, which emphasizes preventative measures and security architecting prior to,
and in anticipation of, an incident.
– Incorporates the latest CertNexus slide template, which has gone through a visual overhaul, and
most notably, changed from standard 4:3 format to widescreen 16:9 format.
– Includes more visually engaging slides and fewer text-heavy slides.
–  Includes all new graphics icons that follow a consistent visual style and align with the CertNexus
color palette. The Cisco icons are still used in network diagrams where appropriate.

Lesson-Level and Topic-Level Structural Changes
The following table compares the lesson-level and topic-level outline of the CyberSec First Responder® (Exam CFR-410) course to the original CyberSec First Responder™ (Exam CFR-310) course. Although titling has changed, many of the concepts contained in each lesson and topic are generally the same.
Major structural change: The lessons on vulnerability management (6) and penetration testing (7) were consolidated into a single lesson on overall assessment of the organization’s security posture (6).

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