Course Overview

This course allows learners to understand how a Security Operations Center (SOC) functions and the introductory-level skills and knowledge needed in this environment. It focuses on the introductory-level skills needed for a SOC Analyst at the associate level. Specifically, understanding basic threat analysis, event correlation, identifying malicious activity, and how to use a playbook for incident response.

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5 days
CCNA Cyber Ops
210-255 SECOPS
Learning Credits: 
  • Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Define a SOC and the various job roles in a SOC
    • Understand SOC infrastructure tools and systems
    • Learn basic incident analysis for a threat centric SOC
    • Explore resources available to assist with an investigation
    • Explain basic event correlation and normalization
    • Describe common attack vectors
    • Learn how to identifying malicious activity
    • Understand the concept of a playbook
    • Describe and explain an incident respond handbook
    • Define types of SOC Metrics
    • Understand SOC Workflow Management system and automation
  • Module 1: SOC Overview

    • Lesson 1: Defining the Security Operations Center
    • Lesson 2: Understanding NSM Tools and Data
    • Lesson 3: Understanding Incident Analysis in a Threat-Centric SOC
    • Lesson 4: Identifying Resources for Hunting Cyber Threats

    Module 2: Security Incident Investigations

    • Lesson 1: Understanding Event Correlation and Normalization
    • Lesson 2: Identifying Common Attack Vectors
    • Lesson 3: Identifying Malicious Activity
    • Lesson 4: Identifying Patterns of Suspicious Behavior
    • Lesson 5: Conducting Security Incident Investigations

    Module 3: SOC Operations

    • Lesson 1: Describing the SOC Playbook
    • Lesson 2: Understanding the SOC Metrics
    • Lesson 3: Understanding the SOC WMS and Automation
    • Lesson 4: Describing the Incident Response Plan
    • Lesson 5: Appendix A—Describing the Computer Security Incident Response Team
    • Lesson 6: Appendix B—Understanding the use of VERIS
  • It is recommended, but not required, that students have the following knowledge and skills:

    • Skills and knowledge equivalent to those learned in Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1)
    • Working knowledge of the Windows operating system
    • Working knowledge of Cisco IOS networking and concepts
    • Security Operations Center – Security Analyst
    • Computer/Network Defense Analysts
    • Computer Network Defense Infrastructure Support Personnel
    • Future Incident Responders and Security Operations Center (SOC) personnel
    • Students beginning a career, entering the cybersecurity field
    • Cisco Channel Partners