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Learn how a Security Operations Center (SOC) functions and gain the introductory-level skills and knowledge required for success.

  • Course Start Date: 2019-09-30
  • Time: 09:00:00 - 17:00:00
  • Duration: 5 Day(s)
  • Location: Virtual
  • Delivery Methods(s): Virtual Instructor Led
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Course Outline


It is strongly 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


Learn how a Security Operations Center (SOC) functions and gain the introductory-level skills and knowledge required for success. Students obtain the core skills needed to grasp the associate-level material in the 210-255 exam “Implementing Cisco Cybersecurity Operations (SECOPS),” which, when combined with passing the 210-250 SECFND exam, lead to the CCNA Cyber Ops certification.


The goal of the course is to teach the fundamental skills required to begin a career working as an associate-level cybersecurity analyst in a security operations center.

Who Should Attend

  • Security Operations Center Security Analyst

  • Computer Network Defense Analyst

  • Computer Network Defense Infrastructure Support personnel

  • Future Incident Responders and Security Operations Center (SOC) personnel

  • Students beginning a career and entering the cybersecurity field

  • IT personnel looking to learn more about the area of cybersecurity operations

  • Cisco Channel Partners


Module 1: SOC Overview

Lesson 1: Defining the Security Operations Center

  • Types of Security Operations Centers

  • SOC Analyst Tools

  • Data Analytics

  • Hybrid Installations: Automated Reports, Anomaly Alerts

  • Sufficient Staffing Necessary for an Effective Incident Response Team

  • Roles in a Security Operations Center

  • Develop Key Relationships with External Resources

  • Challenge

Lesson 2: Understanding NSM Tools and Data

  • Introduction

  • NSM Tools

  • NSM Data

  • Security Onion

  • Full Packet Capture

  • Session Data

  • Transaction Data 

  • Alert Data

  • Other Data Types

  • Correlating NSM Data

  • Challenge

Lesson 3: Understanding Incident Analysis in a Threat-Centric SOC

  • Classic Kill Chain Model Overview

  • Kill Chain Phase 1: Reconnaissance

  • Kill Chain Phase 2: Weaponization

  • Kill Chain Phase 3: Delivery

  • Kill Chain Phase 4: Exploitation

  • Kill Chain Phase 5: Installation

  • Kill Chain Phase 6: Command-and-Control

  • Kill Chain Phase 7: Actions on Objectives

  • Applying the Kill Chain Model

  • Diamond Model Overview

  • Applying the Diamond Model

  • Exploit Kits

  • Challenge

Lesson 4: Identifying Resources for Hunting Cyber Threats

  • Cyber-Threat Hunting Concepts

  • Hunting Maturity Model

  • Cyber-Threat Hunting Cycle

  • Common Vulnerability Scoring System

  • CVSS v3.0 Scoring

  • CVSS v3.0 Example

  • Hot Threat Dashboard

  • Publicly Available Threat Awareness Resources

  • Other External Threat Intelligence Sources and Feeds Reference

  • Challenge

Module 2: Security Incident Investigations

Lesson 1: Understanding Event Correlation and Normalization

  • Event Sources

  • Evidence

  • Security Data Normalization

  • Event Correlation

  • Other Security Data Manipulation

  • Challenge

Lesson 2: Identifying Common Attack Vectors

  • Obfuscated JavaScript

  • Shellcode and Exploits

  • Common Metasploit Payloads

  • Directory Traversal

  • SQL Injection

  • Cross-Site Scripting

  • Punycode

  • DNS Tunneling

  • Pivoting

  • Challenge

Lesson 3: Identifying Malicious Activity

  • Understanding the Network Design

  • Identifying Possible Threat Actors

  • Log Data Search

  • NetFlow as a Security Tool

  • DNS Risk and Mitigation Tool

  • Challenge

Lesson 4: Identifying Patterns of Suspicious Behavior

  • Network Baselining

  • Identify Anomalies and Suspicious Behaviors

  • PCAP Analysis

  • Delivery

  • Challenge

Lesson 5: Conducting Security Incident Investigations

  • Security Incident Investigation Procedures

  • Threat Investigation Example: China Chopper Remote Access Trojan

  • Challenge 

Module 3: SOC Operations

Lesson 1: Describing the SOC Playbook

  • Security Analytics

  • Playbook Definition

  • What Is in a Play?

  • Playbook Management System

  • Challenge

Lesson 2: Understanding the SOC Metrics

  • Security Data Aggregation

  • Time to Detection

  • Security Controls Detection Effectiveness

  • SOC Metrics

  • Challenge

Lesson 3: Understanding the SOC WMS and Automation

  • SOC WMS Concepts

  • Incident Response Workflow

  • SOC WMS Integration

  • SOC Workflow Automation Example

  • Challenge

Lesson 4: Describing the Incident Response Plan

  • Incident Response Planning

  • Incident Response Life Cycle

  • Incident Response Policy Elements

  • Incident Attack Categories

  • Reference: US-CERT Incident Categories

  • Regulatory Compliance Incident Response Requirements

  • Challenge

Lesson 5: Appendix A—Describing the Computer Security Incident Response Team

  • CSIRT Categories

  • CSIRT Framework

  • CSIRT Incident Handling Services

  • Challenge

Lesson 6: Appendix B—Understanding the use of VERIS

  • VERIS Overview

  • VERIS Incidents Structure

  • VERIS 4 A's

  • VERIS Records

  • VERIS Community Database

  • Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report and Cisco Annual Security Report

  • Challenge


Guided Lab 1: Explore Network Security Monitoring Tools

  • Discovery 1: Investigate Hacker Methodology
  • Discovery 2: Hunt Malicious Traffic
  • Discovery 3: Correlate Event Logs, PCAPs, and Alerts of an Attack
  • Discovery 4: Investigate Browser-Based Attacks
  • Discovery 5: Analyze Suspicious DNS Activity
  • Discovery 6: Investigate Suspicious Activity Using Security Onion
  • Discovery 7: Investigate Advanced Persistent Threats
  • Discovery 8: Explore SOC Playbooks

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and/or transfers with full refund will be allowed up to 10 business days prior to the start date of the course. Cancellations and/or transfers must be submitted in writing via fax at 888-596-7378 or email. With approved cancellation, reenrollment must be completed within 6 months or funds will be forfeited. Cancellations and/or transfer notices received after 9 business days prior to the start day of a course are not permitted. If a student does not attend a class and the required notification was not provided, funds will be forfeited and a rescheduling of the course will not be allowed. Rescheduling of a class is only permitted any time before 10 business days prior to the class start date.

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About Skyline Advanced Technology Services


Skyline Advanced Technology Services provides comprehensive training for all Cisco technologies. From design, through implementation and troubleshooting, Skyline-ATS delivers Instructor Led Training (ILT) within Open Enrollment and Customized Onsite formats.  And to provide the finest hands-on experience possible, we have enriched all Cisco-certified Training Labs, to incorporate new features and functionality.  Our labs are a superset of the current Cisco labs, and we have vastly improved the content and enhanced operability. Skyline Advanced Technology Services has a long and distinguished history in partnership with Cisco for Instructor–Led Training and Curriculum Development.  As a Certified Cisco Learning Solutions Partner (CLSP), Skyline-ATS is closely aligned with Cisco Partner Development and Education (PDE), Learning@Cisco, and many other internal product teams. Over the past decade, these groups have contracted Skyline-ATS to develop numerous certified classes, for public open enrollment and private, end-user specific audiences. The classes we have developed span the entirety of Cisco technologies, disciplines and formats, including: Cisco Unified Communication, Contact Center Express, Security, Storage, Data Center, Wireless, Route / Switch and Cisco 3rd Party technologies. 

Skyline-ATS Course Development Advantage:

No other Cisco Learning Solutions Partner can offer the following:

  • Professionally trained course developers who focus, solely, on Cisco products, yet have a broad range of internetworking skills and knowledge base.
  • Our developers have "hands on experience" implementing Cisco hardware and providing real-world solutions, to corporate clientele.
  • Developers who not only author Cisco courses, but maintain leading-edge skills by delivering Cisco Instructor-led classes, directly, to a wide customer base, which enables close interaction with customers supporting production applications.

Skyline-ATS provides tremendous value-add for all Cisco-based networking education. From the depth and expertise of our instructors, to the quality of our labs, we provide the finest training available.

Our Instructors

  • Chosen by Cisco to develop and exclusively deliver the United States’ ACCELERATE Voice Training Program - For this four-week, in-depth program, we were tasked with quickly bringing Cisco Systems Engineers up to speed on new, complex voice technologies.
  • Possess considerable depth and knowledge in all aspects of Cisco Advanced Technology products, as well as all aspects of data networking - Our personnel average over 15 years of experience delivering Cisco solutions, and even more for data networking technologies.
  • Have either exclusively developed or contributed extensively to the development of many Cisco Certified courses (see Table in Section 3.1.1).
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  • State-of-the Art - Our labs are built and maintained with the latest hardware available. We pay close attention to physical configuration, topology, and software, and continually strive to create an environment that best reflects the challenges our students face, on a daily basis.

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