The eLearnSecurity Certified Incident Responder (eCIR) exam challenges cyber security professionals to solve complex Incident Handling & Response scenarios in order to become certified.
Here are some of the ways eLearnSecurity Certified Incident Responder certification is different from conventional exams:
- Instead of putting you through a series of multiple-choice questions, you are expected to perform actual Incident Response activities on two different corporate networks. Both Incident Response simulations are modeled after real-world scenarios and cutting-edge attacking techniques.
- You will need to blend multiple detection and analysis methodologies to effectively respond to the exam’s incidents. Traffic analysis, event/log analysis within ELK and Splunk and event correlation are required. A skillset like this will make you a valuable asset in the corporate sector.
- Only individuals who provide proof of their findings in addition to identifying any attacker activities are awarded the eCIR Certification.
By obtaining the eCIR, your skills in the following areas will be assessed and certified:
- Network packet/traffic analysis
- Tools such as Wireshark, ELK & Splunk
- Actionable SIEM searches
- Event & log correlation
- Event analysis
- Process analysis and anomaly detection
- Understanding and detecting any stage of the “Cyber Kill Chain” (Information Gathering, Scanning, Exploitation, Post-exploitation)
The eCIR is a highly technical certification that requires advanced knowledge of networks, systems and cyber attacks. Anyone can attempt the certification exam; however, below are suggested skills to possess for a successful outcome:
- Letters of engagement and the basics related to an Incident Response engagement
- Advanced networking concepts
- Knowledge of Incident Response processes and methodologies
- Packet/traffic analysis
- Ability to correlate events and logs
- Familiarly with tools such as Wireshark, ELK & Splunk
- Cyber crime Techniques, Tactics & Procedures
- Detection of all stages of the “Cyber Kill Chain”
- Familiarity with ELK and Splunk searches
- Ability to effectively analyze thousands of events within a SIEM
- Good understanding of Windows (and Sysmon) events
- Attacker activity detection through process analysis
eLearnSecurity’s eCIR is the only certification for Incident Responders that evaluates your ability to use cutting-edge Incident Response techniques, inside a fully featured and real-world environment.
The candidate will receive a real-world engagement within INE’s Virtual Lab environment. You will need an Internet connection and VPN software in order to carry out this exam.
1. Purchase an INE subscription and enroll in the Incident Handling and Response Professional learning path.
INE’s Incident Handling & Response Professional learning path takes you from a basic-intermediate understanding of Incident Response activities to a Professional level. You will receive valuable theory courses and a number of hands-on practical sessions within INE’s Virtual Labs.
2. Attempting the certification without training
eLearnSecurity allows anybody to attempt the certification exam without attending any training. Candidates should do so at their own risk. The candidate that feels prepared enough to demonstrate their practical and professional skills can purchase an eCIR voucher and go through the certification process.