Enhanced Security Certified Analyst (ESCA) Program

Course Description

Duration: 100 hours (In-person)

Certification: Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)

This comprehensive in-person training program (100 hours) is designed to equip participants with the advanced skills and knowledge required to become a certified security analyst. The program aims to cover key principles, tools, techniques, and technologies related to cybersecurity incident response and management, applications, and future developments and concerns in the field. It also includes topics on Security Operations Centre (SOC) operations, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) deployments, and advanced incident detection and response.

To transform the Enhanced Security Certified Analyst (ESCA) program into a series of stackable credentials, we can break it down into individual certifications for each module. This allows participants to earn credentials as they progress through each module, demonstrating their mastery of specific areas in cybersecurity.

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Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, students will be able to:

1. Understand and apply the principles of cybersecurity incident response.

2. Use various tools and techniques to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber incidents.

3. Manage cybersecurity incidents effectively and understand the role of SOCs and the application of SIEM systems.

4. Apply advanced techniques and strategies for incident detection and response.

5. Stay updated on future developments and concerns in the field of cybersecurity.

Successful Completion of All the Modules is Necessary to Earn the ESCA Certification:

Module 1: 1001 Cybersecurity Incident Response Fundamentals


Duration: 20 hours 

The basics of cybersecurity incident response. Learn about types of cyber threats, phases of response, and roles within the incident response team.

Learning outcomes:
- Define and distinguish between various types of cyber threats.
- Outline the distinct phases of the cybersecurity incident response process.
- Describe the roles and responsibilities of an incident responder within a team. 
- Analyze case studies to understand real-world incident response scenarios.

Module 2: 1002 Cybersecurity Tools & Techniques Practitioner


Duration: 20 hours 

Practical use of cybersecurity tools, Techniques for cyber incident management, Real-world scenario training.

Learning outcomes:
- Identify and utilize specific tools for detecting, preventing, and responding to cyber incidents. 
- Demonstrate hands-on application of tools in simulated cybersecurity scenarios.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of different techniques based on the nature of the cyber threat.
- Reflect on real-world examples to better understand the practical application of these tools.

Module 3: 1003 Cybersecurity Incident Management Professional


Duration: 20 hours 

Reporting procedures, Role and functioning of an SOC, SIEM system deployment and utilization. 

Learning outcomes:
- Establish procedures for efficiently reporting and managing cybersecurity incidents.
- Define the structure and role of a Security Operations Centre (SOC) within an organization.
- Implement and optimize Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems for enhanced cyber threat detection.
- Evaluate the importance of effective communication during a cybersecurity incident.

Module 4: 1004 Advanced Incident Detection and Response Specialist


Duration: 20 hours 

Threat hunting techniques, Managing advanced persistent threats, AI and machine learning in incident response.

Learning outcomes:
- Formulate advanced strategies for proactive threat hunting within a network.
- Recognize the characteristics and patterns of advanced persistent threats.
- Integrate artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques for improved incident detection and response.
- Propose solutions to complex cybersecurity challenges using advanced detection tools.

Module 5: 1005 Future Cybersecurity Trends Analyst


Duration: 20 hours 

Upcoming cyber threats, Introduction to cyber warfare, Future of privacy and data protection. 

Learning outcomes:
- Forecast emerging trends and challenges in the cybersecurity landscape.
- Discuss the implications and strategies for managing cyber warfare tactics.
- Evaluate the future challenges and opportunities related to privacy and data protection.
- Recommend strategies for organizations to stay ahead of future cyber threats based on current research and analysis.

Upon successful completion of all five certificates, participants can then be awarded the final "Certified Security Analyst (ECSA)" certification, signifying their comprehensive understanding and capability in cybersecurity analysis. This certification is recognized globally for the ability to perform duties and responsibilities related to cybersecurity incident response and management.

Assessment Method: The program uses continuous assessment via quizzes and assignments at the end of each module and a final project presentation.

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