Certified Phishing Defense and Awareness Specialist (CPDAS) 

$ 699
  • Program Type: Micro-credentials

The Certified Phishing Defense and Awareness Specialist (CPDAS) certification is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to combat phishing attacks, one of the most common and dangerous threats in today's digital landscape. This comprehensive course covers a wide range of topics, from understanding the basics of phishing to implementing effective technical defenses and awareness training programs. By becoming a CPDAS, students will be well-equipped to identify, prevent, and respond to phishing attacks, safeguarding the organization’s sensitive information and assets.

In an era where cyber threats are constantly evolving, the importance of having skilled professionals who can defend against phishing attacks cannot be overstated. Here's why students should consider taking the CPDAS:
  1. Increasing demand for cybersecurity professionals: With the growing number of cyberattacks and phishing incidents, there is a high demand for skilled cybersecurity professionals who can effectively protect organizations from these threats. The CPDAS certification will help students stand out in the job market and enhance their career prospects.
  2. Developing specialized skills: The CPDAS course delves deep into phishing techniques, providing students with the knowledge to detect and defend against various phishing attacks.
  3. Enhancing organizational security: The course emphasizes the importance of building a security-aware culture and providing phishing awareness training to employees. By becoming a CPDAS, students can help their organizations develop and implement effective security measures to minimize the risk of phishing attacks.

Module 1: Introduction to Phishing

    • Definition and history of phishing
    • Different types of phishing attacks
    • Real-world examples and case studies

Module 2:  Phishing Techniques and Tactics

    • Deceptive phishing
    • Spear phishing
    • Whaling and CEO fraud
    • Clone phishing
    • Vishing and smishing

Module 3: Recognizing Phishing Attacks

    • Identifying phishing emails and websites
    • Analyzing email headers and URLs
    • Detecting malicious attachments and links

Module 4: Social Engineering and Human Factors

    • Psychology of phishing attacks
    • Manipulative tactics used by cybercriminals
    • Building a security-aware culture

Module 5: Technical Defenses Against Phishing

    • Email security solutions (SPF, DKIM, DMARC)
    • Anti-phishing filters and browser protections
    • Sandboxing and threat analysis tools

Module 6: Incident Response and Reporting

    • Developing an incident response plan for phishing attacks
    • Reporting phishing incidents internally and externally
    • Post-incident analysis and lessons learned

Module 7:  Phishing Awareness Training and Simulations

    • Designing effective phishing awareness training programs
    • Conducting phishing simulation exercises
    • Assessing and improving employee awareness

Module 8:  Exam Preparation:

    • Review and consolidation of course materials