The Certified Soc Analyst (CSA) is a certification hosted by the EC-Council that validates IT security professionals’ skills and expertise to join a Security Operation Centre (SOC). SOC is a team of Cybersecurity professionals responsible for monitoring and responding to an organization’s security threats. The credential is mainly developed for aspiring Level 1 and Level 2 SOC analysts to understand various SOC processes and provide them with the necessary skills to operate efficiently within a SOC team. It can also aid network security professionals in handling the operations related to network security.
A SOC analyst monitors the security incidents, looks after the alerts triage process, and escalates the alerts appropriately. He effectively manages various SOC processes, including threat detection, incident response, alert triages and inform other Cybersecurity professionals and top management about the potential or ongoing threats within the organization’s security posture.
The CSA is a practically-driven training program that promotes hands-on learning and validates the elementary as well as advanced skills to detect intrusions and respond to various threats. The training program will teach how to deploy Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions along with threat intelligence.
Who can opt for the CSA certification?
Apart from these job roles, anyone interested in becoming a part of the SOC team can take the CSA certification exam.
|Exam||Certified SOC Analyst (CSA)|
|Number of questions||100|
|Test Format||Multiple Choice|
The participants should have one year of experience in the network security or Network Administration domain. The participants who have opted for official training from EC-Council or one of its accredited training Centers need not submit any proof of work experience.
Course outline :
The course content thoroughly covers the fundamentals of SOC operations, in-depth understanding of log management and correlation, deployment of SIEM solutions, detection, and incident response methodologies.
The Certified SOC Analyst training course comprises of six modules that are mentioned below with their exam weightage:
|Module 1: Security Operations and Management (5%)|
|Module 2: Understanding Cyber threats, IoCs, and attack methodologies (11%)|
|Module 3: Incidents, Events, and Logging (21%)|
|Module 4: Incident Detection with Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) (26%)|
|Module 5: Enhanced Incident Detection with Threat Intelligence (8%)|
|Module 6: Incidence Response (29%)|
Module 1: Security Operation and management
Module 2: Understanding Cyber threats, IoCs, and attack methodologies
Module 3: Incidents, Events, and Logging
Module 4: Incident Detection with Security Information and event management (SIEM)
Module 5: Enhanced Incident Detection with Threat Intelligence
Module 6: Incidence Response
Learning objectives of CSA
Participants will learn the following topics during their CSA training:
Salient features of CSA certification
CSA Certification is 100% compliant with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework and falls under the category of ‘Protect and Defend.’ The certification prepares the candidates for specific SOC job roles. Participants learn how to secure the network and utilize the data collected from various sources to identify the network infrastructure’s ongoing and possible security incidents.
The CSA training allows individuals to get a deep insight into the tools, technologies, operations, and procedures followed by a SOC team. Candidates learn how to monitor alerts, report incidents, and draft actionable reports.
You will learn how to deploy SIEM solutions and to detect security incidents with the help of it. Threat detection on multiple levels- application level, Insider level, Host level, and network level. The course outlines around 45 SIEM deployment use cases that are often used by security teams.
The CSA has included a separate module for the detection of threats using threat intelligence. It will also teach you to integrate threat intelligence with SIEM solutions to automate the process of threat detection.
CSA training program promotes active and hands-on learning of tools and technologies to monitor, detect, and respond to modern threats. After successfully completing the CSA training, the candidates will be able to work dynamically within a SOC team and help organizations mitigate the possible risks.
How much can one earn with a CSA certification?
CSA certification can help you earn an entry-level opportunity within a SOC team. According to PayScale and salary.com, SOC analyst’s average salary in the US is $88,831. While in India, the average salary of a SOC analyst is INR 481473.
The salary may vary as per the experience and position held by a candidate.
Become a certified SOC analyst with Infosec Train?
Our Certified SOC Analyst (CSA) training program is meticulously developed by the subject matter experts to equip the candidates with the most in-demand skills to carry out SOC operations. Join our online CSA training program and get an in-depth understanding of threats, attacks, SOC processes, and workflows. Our highly skilled and experienced trainers will assist you in understanding the course modules in detail. Our dedicated cloud-based labs simulate the real working environment where you can practice and hone your skills.
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