Certified SCADA Security Architect

The Certified SCADA Security Architect (CSSA) certification path covers everything from field-based attacks to automated vulnerability assessments for SCADA networks. You'll learn how to defend against both internal and external attackers to provide holistic security for critical industrial automation systems.

Syllabus

  • Infosec Institute CSSA Skill Assessment

    15 labs

    • See how your CSSA skills rank on a spectrum from novice to expert.

  • SCADA Cyber Range

    15 labs

    • Gain practical experience and build real-world Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) skills through 15 hands-on labs in the SCADA Cyber Range.

  • Introduction to SCADA Security

    4 videos

    • Get an introduction to SCADA security, including ICS types, ICS components, process control and safety systems, and strengths and weaknesses.

  • ICS Protocols

    15 videos

    K0005, K0137, K0170, K0417, K0437

    • Explore common Industrial Control System (ICS) protocols and their security features as you progress through this 11-video course.

  • SCADA Security Frameworks

    5 videos

    K0005, K0006, K0065, K0137, K0177, K0267, K0437, K0612

    • This course will begin your reintroduction to SCADA security frameworks, covering common threats to SCADA, relevant security standards and bodies, developing SCADA security policies and more.

  • SCADA Security Assessment

    5 videos

    K0002, K0013, K0040, K0165, K0290, K0342, K0437

    • Review your understanding of SCADA security assessment with this course covering SCADA security objectives, security assessment programs and more.

  • SCADA Device Identification and Analysis

    6 videos

    K0004, K0137, K0170, K0177, K0274, K0342, K0536, K0565

    • Make sure you know what you need to know with this course on SCADA device identification and analysis.

  • SCADA Vulnerabilities

    4 videos

    K0005, K0060, K0071, K0077, K0137, K0170, K0177, K0342, K0536, K0565

    • Explore SCADA vulnerabilities with this course covering common vulnerabilities, vulnerability scanning, server OS testing and more.

  • Pentesting SCADA Services and Protocols

    4 videos

    K0005, K0060, K0137, K0170, K0177, K0342, K0536, K0565

    • Review what it takes to attack standard services, server OS, ICS protocols and more with this course on pentesting SCADA services and protocols.

  • SCADA Access Controls

    3 videos

    K0007, K0033, K0056, K0065, K0137, K0170, K0437

    • In this course, you’ll look at the importance of SCADA access controls. Review physical safety, access control models and more.

  • Remote Access and Field Site Security

    6 videos

    K0071, K0104, K0137, K0190, K0427, K0437, K0561

    • Re-familiarize yourself with the challenges of remote access and field site security through this course on remote access techologies, field site firewalls and more.

  • SCADA Network Security

    3 videos

    K0033, K0049, K0137, K0145, K0179, K0437, K0561, K0565

    • In this course, you’ll refresh your knowledge of SCADA network security through secure network design, firewalls and logical security zones.

  • SCADA Intrusion Detection and Incident Response

    5 videos

    K0004, K0041, K0042, K0046, K0137, K0324, K0437

    • Get to grips with what you need to know for SCADA intrusion detection and incident response.

  • SCADA Preventative Controls

    4 videos

    K0033, K0049, K0074, K0162, K0205, K0324, K0437, K0480

    • Brush up on what you need to prevent or mitigate disasters with this course on SCADA preventative controls.

  • ICS and SCADA Security Best Practices

    4 videos

    K0004, K0005, K0073, K0437, K0527

    • Let’s take a look at ICS and SCADA Security best practices.

       

  • CSSA Exam Overview

    1 video

The subject

What you will learn

This learning path teaches you how to defend the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) that manage our nation’s critical infrastructure. Fourteen courses build your SCADA security knowledge around the eight Certified SCADA Security Architect (CSSA) domains. You’ll learn about defending against common SCADA threats and vulnerabilities, conducting risk assessments, implementing remote access and physical controls, and more. Upon completion, you’ll be prepared to earn your CSSA certification and validate your SCADA security knowledge.

The details

Learning path insights

Prerequisites

While there are no formal prerequisites for this learning path, it is recommended for cybersecurity professionals have foundational knowledge — like Security+, Network+ and A+ —along with 1-3 years of experience with security frameworks and risk management.

Related job titles

  • ICS security practitioner
  • Security architect
  • ICS network administrator
  • Cyber infrastructure support specialist

How to claim CPEs

Should you complete this learning path, you’ll be able to download a certificate of completion. Use this to claim your 13 CPEs or CPUs.

Associated NICE Work Roles

All Infosec training maps directly to the NICE Workforce Framework for Cybersecurity to guide you from beginner to expert across 52 Work Roles.

  • Security Architect
  • System Administrator
  • Systems Security Analyst

Plans & pricing

  • Infosec Skills Personal

    • 190+ role-guided learning paths (e.g., Ethical Hacking, Threat Hunting)
    • 100s of hands-on labs in cloud-hosted cyber ranges
    • Custom certification practice exams (e.g., CISSP, Security+)
    • Skill assessments
    • Infosec peer community support
  • Infosec Skills Teams

    $799 per license / year

    • Team administration and reporting
    • Dedicated client success manager
    • Single sign-on (SSO)
      Easily authenticate and manage your learners by connecting to any identity provider that supports the SAML 2.0 standard.
    • Integrations via API
      Retrieve training performance and engagement metrics and integrate learner data into your existing LMS or HRS.
    • 190+ role-guided learning paths and assessments (e.g., Incident Response)
    • 100s of hands-on labs in cloud-hosted cyber ranges
    • Create and assign custom learning paths
    • Custom certification practice exams (e.g., CISSP, CISA)
    • Optional upgrade: Guarantee team certification with live boot camps

Unlock 7 days of free CSSA training

  • 1,200+ hands-on courses and labs
  • Certification practice exams
  • Skill assessments

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