It has been a while since I have posted something on my blog. I’ve been busy studying for the CCNA Cyber Ops cert. Cisco created this certificate due to the serious lack of Cyber Security personal worldwide, Cisco will invest $10 Million into this program to close this gap. They opened up a CCNA Cyber Ops scholarship program which I applied for over a year ago now and I was successful in getting a place on the program (https://mkto.cisco.com/security-scholarship).
The scholarship gives students access to an online portal where you get access to all the training material which include text slides, videos and labs for hands on training. Unlike most Cisco certifications the Cyber Ops certificate is mostly vendor neutral, yes Cisco equipment gets mentioned from time to time but most of the security tools used on the course are not Cisco such as Kali Linux, Security Onion, Burp, Wireshark, Bro, ELSA to name a few.
The certificate is broken into two exams the SECFND 210-250 exam and the SECOPS 210-255 exam.
The SECFND 210-250 exam topics are broken out into the following main areas:
- Network Concepts
- Security Concepts
- Host-Based Analysis
- Security Monitoring
- Attack Methods
The SECOPS 210-255 exam topics are broken out into the following main areas:
- Endpoint Threat Analysis and Computer Forensics
- Network Intrusion Analysis
- Incident Response
- Data and Event Analysis
- Incident Handling
I have to say that Cisco did a great job here and created a really interesting and engaging course. I hope they continue to develop this track into the CCNP level and beyond and that they stick to the vendor neutral delivery of this course.
I’ve now passed both exams and I’m officially CCNA Cyber Ops certified.
So what is next? I’ve started the PTSv3 course from eLearnSecurity which is a pentesting course and what I like about the course is that it is hands on learning in a lab environment and what is even better for me is the exam is hands on. You have 72 hours to carry out pentesting against designated targets. I think this is a great way to test you on what you have learned and I personally prefer this way of testing over just multiple choice questions.