Cybersecurity Basics

Course Cost: Tuition Free, Grant Funded* 
*Course development and implementation is supported by Department of Homeland Security Contact Number 70RSAT20CB0000021

Course Format: Online, Self-Directed Learning
Course Duration: Session 1, September 1 - December 4, 2021

Course Description:

In a 2018 in Police Chief Online, the author, Major Christian Quinn, describes the threat cybersecurity poses for law enforcement.  “Reports of extensive data breaches or other elaborate cybercrimes are increasing worldwide. The complexity and scope of these cases can present challenges that might seem insurmountable for most local law enforcement agencies. Even more troubling, police departments are increasingly the targets of cyberattacks, either for criminal purposes or as acts of “hacktivism.”[1][2]Nationally, in 2021, the number of hacked and breached data and ransomeware attacks of various types of agencies and organizations has increased.  From 2014 to 2021, these cyberattacks have increased 67%.  Most (86%) cyberattacks are financially motivated with the average cost of these breaches totaling $3.86 million in 2020.[3]  Most organizations, including law enforcement are not equipped to protect their own data not to mention to investigate incidents of cyberattacks of civilian organizations within their jurisdiction.  A total of 95% of all cyber breaches are caused by human error and therefore are preventable. The average amount of time it takes to discover a cyber breach is 207 days.[4]  Time lost in the ability to address and rectify the problem and to find and punish the perpetrators. With assistance from a grant from the Department of Homeland Security, this course on Cybersecurity Basics for Law Enforcement has been developed and is being offered at no cost to participants.  Using various reading materials, lectures, and lab simulations students may complete the course at their own pace. Instructors for this course are cybersecurity experts with experience in a wide range of environments – law enforcement, public agencies, academia and the private sector.  Instructors will oversee the work of students and be available to students for questions and discussions over the time period the course will be “open” and available to students. This course will provide participants with an enhanced awareness of forms of cyberattacks and an understanding of the basics in cybersecurity identification, investigation and prevention both within and outside the law enforcement agency. 

[1]Chris Francescani. “Ransomware Hacks Blackmail U.S. Police Departments,” NBC News, April 16, 2016.

[2] Christian Quinn, “The Emerging Cyberthreat: Cybersecurity for Law Enforcement,” Police Chief online, December 12, 2018.


[4] Ibid

Course Topics and Areas of Study:

  • Introduction/Review of Computer Basics
  • Networking Briefs
  • Security Briefs
  • Cloud Basics
  • Cyber Crimes – Law and Practice
  • Ethics in a Technical World
  • Cybersecurity Crimes
  • Network Investigations
  • Computer Security in Law Enforcement
  • Network Security
  • How to Capture and Scan Network Traffic
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems
  • Types of Cyber Security
  • Cyber Threats, Attacks and Mitigation
  • Vulnerabilities and Risks in Cyber Security
  • Types and Forms of Digital Evidence
  • Identification, Extraction and Preservation of Digital Evidence
  • Digital Forensics Tools and Techniques

Who Should Attend:

Managers, supervisors, investigators and patrol officers with an interest in and/or responsibility for some aspect of cybersecurity within their agency.

Upcoming Training:

Session 1 is currently FULL: Cybersecurity Basics - Session 1* - will be open from September 1, 2021 - December 4, 2021. The course format is online and self-directed (work at your own pace).

*A second session is currently being developed and scheduled to be offered later in the fall of 2021. Taking the second session will be completely optional. 

Contact for Additional Information: 

Clay Johnson 

(859) 630-7806


Session 1 is currently FULL. Registration will be open when another course is scheduled.