EC-Council Certified SOC Analyst (CSA)

Course code: EC-CSA

Exam Code: 312-39

Duration: 24 Hours

The Certified SOC Analyst (CSA) program is the first step to joining a security operations centre (SOC). It is engineered for current and aspiring Tier I and Tier II SOC analysts to achieve proficiency in performing entry-level and intermediate-level operations.

CSA is a training and credentialing program that helps the candidate acquire trending and in-demand technical skills through instruction by some of the most experienced trainers in the industry. The program focuses on creating new career opportunities through extensive, meticulous knowledge with enhanced level capabilities for dynamically contributing to a SOC team. Being an intense 3-day program, it thoroughly covers the fundamentals of SOC operations, before relaying the knowledge of log management and correlation, SIEM deployment, advanced incident detection, and incident response. Additionally, the candidate will learn to manage various SOC processes and collaborate with CSIRT at the time of need.


After completing this course, you should be able to:

• Articulate SOC processes, procedures, technologies, and workflows.
• Understand and security threats, attacks, vulnerabilities, attacker’s behaviors, cyber kill chain, etc.
• Recognize attacker tools, tactics, and procedures to identify indicators of compromise (IOCs) that can be utilized during active and future investigations.
• Monitor and analyze logs and alerts from a variety of different technologies across multiple platforms (IDS/IPS, end-point protection, servers, and workstations).
• Apply Centralized Log Management (CLM) processes.
• Perform Security events and log collection, monitoring, and analysis.
• Understand Security Information and Event Management.
• Administer SIEM solutions (Splunk/AlienVault/OSSIM/ELK).
• Understand the architecture, implementation, and fine tuning of SIEM solutions (Splunk/ AlienVault/OSSIM/ELK).
• Gain hands-on experience on SIEM use case development process.
• Develop threat cases (correlation rules), create reports, etc.
• Recognize use cases that are widely used across the SIEM deployment.
• Plan, organize, and perform threat monitoring and analysis in the enterprise.
• Monitor emerging threat patterns and perform security threat analysis.
• Gain hands-on experience in alert triaging process.
• Escalate incidents to appropriate teams for additional assistance.
• Use a Service Desk ticketing system.
• Prepare briefings and reports of analysis methodology and results.
• Integrate threat intelligence into SIEM for enhanced incident detection and response.
• Make use of varied, disparate, constantly changing threat information.
• Articulate knowledge of Incident Response Process.
• Understand SOC and IRT collaboration for better incident response.

Target Audience

SOC Analysts ( Tier I and Tier II), Cybersecurity Analysts, Entry-level cybersecurity professionals. Network and Security Administrators

  • TCP/IP Protocol Suite
  • Application Layer Protocols
  • Transport Layer Protocols
  • Internet Layer Protocols
  • Link Layer Protocols
  • IP Addressing and Port Numbers
  • Network Security Controls
  • Network Security Devices
  • Windows Security
  • Unix/Linux Security
  • Web Application Fundamentals
  • Information Security Standards, Laws and Acts
  • Security Operations and Management
  • Security Management
  • Security Operations Center (SOC)
  • Need of SOC
  • SOC Capabilities
  • SOC Operations
  • SOC Workflow
  • Components of SOC: People, Process and Technology
  • People
  • Technology
  • Processes
  • Types of SOC Models
  • SOC Maturity Models
  • SOC Generations
  • SOC Implementation
  • SOC Key Performance Indicators
  • Challenges in Implementation of SOC
  • Best Practices for Running SOC
  • SOC vs NOC
  • Understanding Cyber Threats, IoCs and Attack Methodology
  • Intent-Motive-Goal
  • Tactics-Techniques-Procedures (TTPs)
  • Opportunity-Vulnerability-Weakness
  • Network Level Attacks
  • Host Level Attacks
  • Application Level Attacks
  • Email Security Threats
  • Understanding Indicators of Compromise
  • Understanding Attacker’s Hacking Methodology
  • Incidents, Events and Logging
  • Incident Event Logging
  • Need of Log
  • Logging Requirements
  • Typical Log Format
  • Logging Approaches
  • Local Logging
  • Centralized Logging
  • Incident Detection with Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
  • Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
  • Need of SIEM
  • Typical SIEM Capabilities
  • SIEM Architecture and Its Components
  • SIEM Solutions
  • SIEM Deployment
  • Incident Detection with SIEM
  • Examples of Commonly Used Use Cases Across all SIEM deployments
  • Handling Alert Triaging and Analysis
  • Enhanced Incident Detection with Threat Intelligence
  • Why-Threat Intelligence-driven SOC?
  • Incident Response
  • Incident Response Team (IRT)
  • Where does IRT Fit in the Organization
  • SOC and IRT Collaboration
  • Incident Response (IR) Process Overview
  • Step 1: Preparation for Incident Response
  • Step 2: Incident Recording and Assignment
  • Step 3: Incident Triage
  • Step 4: Notification
  • Step 5: Containment
  • Step 6: Evidence Gathering and Forensic Analysis
  • Step 7: Eradication
  • Step 8: Recovery
  • Step 9: Post-Incident Activities
  • Responding to Network Security Incidents
  • Responding to Application Security Incidents
  • Responding to Email Security Incidents
  • Responding to Insider Incidents
  • Responding to Malware Incidents
  • Computer Network Fundamentals
  • Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:
  • Network Administration or Security Domain experience

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