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Standards Framework

for Texas Cybersecurity Capstone


Standards in this Framework

Standard Description
127.770.1A (A) identify and demonstrate employable work behaviors such as regular attendance, punctuality, maintenance of a professional work environment, and effective written and verbal communication;
127.770.1B (B) identify and demonstrate positive personal qualities such as authenticity, resilience, initiative, and a willingness to learn new knowledge and skills;
127.770.1C (C) solve problems and think critically;
127.770.1D (D) demonstrate leadership skills and function effectively as a team member; and
127.770.1E (E) demonstrate an understanding of ethical and legal responsibilities in relation to the field of cybersecurity.
127.770.2A (A) develop a personal career plan along with the education, job skills, and experience necessary to achieve career goals;
127.770.2B (B) develop a resume or a portfolio appropriate to a chosen career plan; and
127.770.2C (C) illustrate interview skills for successful job placement.
127.770.3A (A) analyze and apply to a scenario local, state, national, and international cyber law such as David's Law and Digital Millennium Copyright Act;
127.770.3B (B) evaluate historic cases or events regarding cyber; and
127.770.3C (C) explore compliance requirements such as Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA).
127.770.4A (A) debate the relationship between privacy and security; and
127.770.4B (B) identify ethical or unethical behavior when presented with various scenarios related to cyber activities.
127.770.5A (A) define the phases of penetration testing, including plan, discover, attack, and report;
127.770.5B (B) develop a plan to gain authorization for penetration testing;
127.770.5C (C) identify commonly used vulnerability scanning tools such as port scanning, packet sniffing, and password crackers;
127.770.5D (D) develop a list of exploits based on results of scanning tool reports; and
127.770.5E (E) prioritize a list of mitigations based on results of scanning tool reports.
127.770.6A (A) evaluate symmetric and asymmetric algorithms such as substitution cipher, Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), Diffie-Hellman, and Rivest-Shamir-Adleman (RSA);
127.770.6B (B) explain the purpose of hashing algorithms, including blockchain;
127.770.6C (C) explain the function of password salting;
127.770.6D (D) explain and create a digital signature; and
127.770.6E (E) explain steganography.
127.770.7A (A) explain the purpose of establishing system baselines;
127.770.7B (B) evaluate the role of physical security;
127.770.7C (C) evaluate the functions of network security devices such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems (IDS), intrusion prevention systems (IPS), and intrusion detection prevention systems (IDPS);
127.770.7D (D) analyze log files for anomalies; and
127.770.7E (E) develop a plan demonstrating the concept of defense in depth.
127.770.8A (A) explain the benefits of network segmentation, including sandboxes, air gaps, and virtual local area networks (VLAN);
127.770.8B (B) investigate the role of software-managed networks, including virtualization;
127.770.8C (C) discuss the role of honeypots and honeynets in networks; and
127.770.8D (D) create an incoming and outgoing network policy for a firewall.
127.770.9A (A) identify cyberattacks by their signatures;
127.770.9B (B) explain proper data acquisition;
127.770.9C (C) examine evidence from devices for suspicious activities; and
127.770.9D (D) research current cybercrime cases involving digital forensics.
127.770.10A (A) describe the integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning in cybersecurity;
127.770.10B (B) investigate impacts made by predictive analytics on cybersecurity; and
127.770.10C (C) research other emerging trends such as augmented reality and quantum computing.
127.770.11A (A) issue commands via the command line interface (CLI) such as ls, cd, pwd, cp, mv, chmod, ps, sudo, and passwd;
127.770.11B (B) describe the file system structure for multiple operating systems;
127.770.11C (C) manipulate and edit files within the CLI; and
127.770.11D (D) determine network status using the CLI with commands such as ping, ifconfig/ipconfig, traceroute/tracert, and netstat.
127.770.12A (A) collaborate with others to create a technical report;
127.770.12B (B) create, review, and edit a report summarizing technical findings; and
127.770.12C (C) present technical information to a non-technical audience.
127.770.13A (A) differentiate types of attacks, including operating systems, software, hardware, network, physical, social engineering, and cryptographic;
127.770.13B (B) explain blended threats such as combinations of software, hardware, network, physical, social engineering, and cryptographic;
127.770.13C (C) discuss risk response techniques, including accept, transfer, avoid, and mitigate;
127.770.13D (D) develop a plan of preventative measures to address cyberattacks;
127.770.13E (E) describe common web vulnerabilities such as cross-site scripting, buffer overflow, injection, spoofing, and denial of service;
127.770.13F (F) describe common data destruction and media sanitation practices such as wiping, shredding, and degaussing; and
127.770.13G (G) develop an incident response plan for a given scenario or recent attack.
127.770.14A (A) describe various access control methods such as mandatory access control (MAC), role-based access control (RBAC), and discretionary access control (DAC);
127.770.14B (B) develop and defend a plan for multi-factor access control using components such as biometric verification systems, key cards, tokens, and passwords; and
127.770.14C (C) review a disaster recovery plan (DRP) that includes backups, redundancies, system dependencies, and alternate sites.
127.770.15A (A) explain commonly used physical security controls, including lock types, fences, barricades, security doors, and mantraps; and
127.770.15B (B) describe the role of embedded systems such as fire suppression; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; security alarms; and video monitoring.