This plan is based on what I wish I would have learned before starting in Incident Response. Being that I haven’t been in the field very long, I do keep coming across things I didn’t know that I needed to know, so I will adjust this accordingly.
This plan assumes that you’re a complete beginner to IT.
Introduction to Computing Fundamentals (Roppers Academy)
Intro to Regular Expressions (The Taggart Institute)
JSON Tutorial (TutorialsPoint)
Intro to x86 Assembly Language (YouTube – Davy Wybiral)
PowerShell – Complete PowerShell modules on Microsoft Learn ( starting with Introduction to PowerShell, Discover Commands in PowerShell, Introduction to Scripting in PowerShell)
Choose One of These Video or Reading Based Courses:
- Reading Based: CS402: Computer Communications and Networks (Saylor Academy) – Has Certificate of Completion
- Video Based: CompTIA Network+ N10-008 Training Course (Professor Messer – YouTube)
Then do one or more of these Hands-On Courses:
- Discovering Computer Networks: Hands-On in the Open Networking Lab (OpenLearn) – Includes Certificate of Completion
- Introductory Networking (Free TryHackMe Room)
- Practical Networking (Roppers Academy)
Introduction to Security (Roppers Academy)
Security+ Training Course – (Professor Messer – YouTube)**
**I recommend getting the Security+ certification. This is the certification I’ve seen requested in entry-level IR positions and it’s required if you end up in a government position (see the DoD Approved 8570 Baseline Certifications).