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Cyber Defender is a sequence of two courses developed to up-skill IT professionals for jobs in defensive cyber security. Each course can be completed in six weeks working 25 hours per week or in 10 weeks working 15 hours per week.
Security Operations Center Analyst is a sequence of two courses developed, first, to teach basic security operations center skills to new hires, then second, to increase the skills of experienced analysts. Each course can be completed in five weeks working 30 hours per week or in 10 weeks working 15 hours per week.
Cybersecurity Ventures estimates cyber crime will cost the world $6 trillion by 2021: over 10 times the 2017 budget for the Department of Defense.
Businesses need people who are ready to work on day 1 -- and they just aren't getting them. The best approach may be to grow a company's cyber security workforce from within by up-skilling existing IT staff. With the right education, IT, HelpDesk Support, and other technical professionals, who've already been tested, can get up to speed quickly and contribute immediately. In each of the Cyber Defender courses, students will work through four tasks (spending 1-2 weeks on each task) online in a private cloud environment with help, advice, and feedback from a knowledgeable mentor and extensive online learning resources. The tasks are embedded in the realistic, but fictional, context of work as an entry-level employee of a managed security service provider.
Cyber Defender 0 is an optional introductory course for students who lack applied experience with computer networks.
Who should enroll?
IT professionals who desire to transition into a defensive cyber security role.
Students must successfully complete Cyber Defender 1 to be permitted to enroll in Cyber Defender 2.
The analysts in the security operations center (SOC) are the last line of defense.
The success of a SOC is difficult to measure since attackers and attacks never stand still: everything is a moving target. Success is typically measured by reducing organizational risk by detecting, remediating, and automatically preventing future instances of known attacks. In reality, this is far beyond the capability of most SOCs today. And to make matters even worse, SOC analysts rarely have the tools, tactics, procedures, or training to deal with all the threats that can affect organizations today. Nobody wants to admit how difficult the struggle is, which means it's difficult to even get the conversation going.
Qualifications for entry-level SOC analysts are problematic because most applicants have little if any training in information security. Realistically, an entry-level SOC analyst can only be expected to be passionate about security and have some networking background, which happen to be the prerequisites for this program.
In each of the security operations center analyst courses, students will work through five-to-six tasks online in a private cloud environment with help, advice, and feedback from a knowledgeable mentor and extensive online learning resources. The tasks are embedded in the realistic, but fictional, context of work as an entry-level employee of a managed security service provider.
Who should enroll?
New hires beginning careers as security operations center analysts should enroll in Tier 1. Experienced analysts should enroll in Tier 2.
Students must successfully complete Security Operations Center Analyst, Tier 1 or have equivalent professional experience to be permitted to enroll in Security Operations Center, Tier 2. At least a year of SOC work experience between the Tier 1 and Tier 2 courses is strongly recommended.