Critical Thinking and Analysis

CyberDefenses Academy



Available Upon Request


Available Upon Request

Delivery Method

Classroom & Online


Certification of Completion

Audience / Level



Critical Thinking and Analysis, Intro to Profiling and Investigation, Identifying Adversary TTPs


Laptop required

Course Details

Program Introduction

Critical thinking only becomes effective with routine practice in internalizing and applying analytical structures. Core elements of practice can be divided into three parts— approaches in which students need routine practice in internalizing concepts, applying those concepts and evaluating the end analysis.

Critical thinking is a skill, similar to driving a car or riding a bike. Like these, it can be taught, learned, and improved with practice. Also, thinking analytically is not something you can just passively participate in, but must learn by doing. In fact, analysts learn by doing with guidance.

This class works with students to teach them to critically think about analysis and what they are tasked to analyze. Additionally, the course arms students with a set of analytic tools for use in future analytic scenarios. The end objective is to equip students with a toolbox of analytic methodologies and skills, and to have honed their critical thinking skills. This means providing structure to analytical reasoning, applying logical reasoning fundamentals and showing students how to identify, describe, and effectively employ multiple methods for structured reasoning.

Course Objectives

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Target Student

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Monty St John
Monty St John is a computer science and information security expert, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force veteran, certified instructor, and author of dozens of classes for CyberDefenses. He has assisted numerous companies build and accredit laboratories, threat teams, and security operations centers. He’s also a prolific writer with two upcoming technical volumes set for 2018; Game Designer and Speaker. Learn more about Monty St John

Additional Information

  • Laptop required
  • Requires basic knowledge of computers, technology and command line interface (CLI)
    • Open and operate browsers
    • Find and use command line
    • Execute scripts
  • Prior threat intelligence experience helpful.
  • Understanding of virtual machines (VM) and how to use one.
    • Understand how to import and power on a VM

Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Bringing in Logic
  • Argument Analysis
  • Fallacies
  • Deductive Logic
  • Attacking Logical Reasoning Tests
  • Basic Critical Thinking Concepts
    • Cognitive Biases
    • Point of View
    • Inferences
    • Formulating Hypotheses
    • Analysis of Competing Hypotheses (ACH)
    • Devil’s Advocacy
    • Pros-Cons-Fixes
  • Wrap-up & Close