EC-Council Certified Network Defender Training Boot Camp

Transform your career in 5 days

This five-day boot camp equips you with the knowledge and hands-on exercises needed to pass the EC-Council Certified Network Defender exam. Infosec’s Certified Network Defender (CND) Training Boot Camp is led by cybersecurity experts that will teach you everything you need to know to pass your exam — guaranteed. This course will cover a spectrum of network defense techniques, incident response strategies and cybersecurity best practices in areas such as endpoint security, network perimeter, data protection and threat intelligence. 

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Course essentials

Boot camp at a glance

  • Method

    Online, in person, team onsite

  • Duration

    5 days

  • Experience

    2-3 years of experience

  • Average salary


  • Meets 8570.1

    DoD information assurance requirements

What you'll learn

Training overview

EC Coucil’s Certified Network Defender (CND) certification is vendor-neutral and designed to help IT professionals play a role in network security and organizations to create and implement a network defense system.  

What will the CND certification do for you?

  • Kickstart your Blue Team career 
  • Gain an understanding of mobile and IoT defense 
  • Secure various cloud platforms 
  • Build perimeter defenses for modern security solutions  

Who should attend

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This CND Boot Camp is best for anyone seeking to learn network defense conceptsadvance their career in cybersecurity or advance at your current company. This includes: 

  • Network Security Administrators  

  • Cybersecurity Analyst 

  • Information Security Officers 

  • Security Consultants 

  • Incident Responders 

  • Network Engineers and Architects 

  • Security Operations Center (SOC) Analysts 

  • System Administrator with a Security Focus 

  • IT Auditor with a Security Emphasis 

  • Penetration Tester (Ethical Hacker) 

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What’s included

Everything you need to know

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  • 90-day extended access to Boot Camp components, including class recordings
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Exam Pass Guarantee
  • Exam voucher
  • Free 90-day Infosec Skills subscription (access to 1,400+ additional courses and labs)
  • Knowledge Transfer Guarantee
  • Unlimited practice exam attempts

What makes the Infosec Certified Network Defender prep course different?

As an EC-Council training partner, you can rest assured that the CND training materials are fully updated and synced with the latest version of the CND exam. 

With 20 years of training experience, we stand by our CND training with an Exam Pass Guarantee. This means if you don’t pass the exam on the first attempt, we’ll pay for your second exam at no additional cost to you! 

Before your boot camp


For the best experience, we recommend students have:

  • A foundational understanding of networking concepts, practical experience in network administration or security roles, and familiarity with security tools
  • Completed related certifications like CompTIA Network+ or Security+ and 2-3 years of relevant experience 


Training schedule

Preparation (before the boot camp starts)
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CND prep course

Day 1
Morning session

Course Intro & Overview

Intro to CNDv2

Network Attacks

Defense Strategies

Afternoon session

Admin Network Security

Technical Network Security

Day 2
Morning session

Network Perimeter

Endpoint Security (Windows)

Endpoint Security (Linux)

Afternoon session

Endpoint Security (Mobile)

Endpoint Security (IoT)

Admin App Security

Day 3
Morning session

Data Security

Virtual Network Security

Cloud Network Security

Afternoon session

Wireless Network Security

Traffic Monitoring

Logs Analysis

Day 4
Morning session

Incident Response

Business Continuity

Disaster Recovery

Afternoon session

Risk Anticipation

Threat Assessment

Attack Surface Analysis

Day 5
Morning session

Threat Prediction

Cyber Threat Intelligence

Afternoon session

Exam Tips Recap

Practice Exam

What's next?

After you finish the CND Boot Camp

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After completing the CND Boot Camp, you’re ready for the next stages of your career. Here’s a glimpse at the future: 

Completing your CND Boot Camp can help to open a variety of career opportunities in the cybersecurity field. As a CND, you can explore roles like Network Security Administrators, Cybersecurity Analysts, Information Security Officers, Security Consultants, Incident Responders and more. 

Unlock team training discounts

If you’re like many of our clients, employee certification is more than a goal — it’s a business requirement. Connect with our team to learn more about our training discounts.

Exam Prep

What are some tips I should know when preparing for the Certified Network Defender exam?

The most important thing you can do is perform a comprehensive review of the topics tested in the certification exam. The CND exam covers topics such as:  

  • Network Attacks and Defense Strategies 

  • Administrative Network Security 

  • Technical Network Security 

  • Network Perimeter Security 

  • Endpoint Security on Various OS 

  • Endpoint Security-Mobile and IoT Devices 

  • Administrative Application Security 

  • Data Security 

  • Enterprise Virtual, Cloud, and Wireless security 

  • Network Traffic Monitoring and Analysis 

  • Logs Monitoring and Analysis 

  • Incident Response and Forensics 

  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery 

  • Risk Anticipation with Risk Management 

  • Threat Assessment with Attack Surface Analysis 

  • Threat Prediction With Cyber Threat Intelligence 

Along with learning exam content, it helps to become familiar with the exam structure and outline. You should take practice exams to assist with this.

Exam Process

How does the Certified Network Defender examination process work?

Your boot camp includes an exam voucher to cover the cost of the test. Once you schedule your exam, you will have four hours to answer 100 multiple-choice questions. 

Career Opportunities

What are the career opportunities like for Certified Network Defenders?

With EC-Council's Certified Network Defender certification, one can be an asset to an organization’s network security. Because this is a vendor-neutral certification, it can be applied across organizations.

The outlook for careers fueled by a CND certification is bright! 

What job titles are most common for people with a Certified Network Defender certification?

Here are some of the common positions that this certification can help you land.

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    Network Security Administrators

  • Cybersecurity Analyst icon

    Cybersecurity Analyst

  • Information Security Officers icon

    Information Security Officers

  • Incident Responders icon

    Incident Responders

Average Salary

EC-Council Certified Network Defender certification salary expectations

The average salary of a Certified Network Defender is $87,000 in the U.S. Pay depends on several factors, such as industry, location, job title and experience.

Guaranteed results

Our boot camp guarantees

Exam Pass Guarantee

If you don’t pass your exam on the first attempt, get a second attempt for free. Includes the ability to re-sit the course for free for up to one year (does not apply to CMMC-AB boot camps).

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

If you’re not 100% satisfied with your training at the end of the first day, you may withdraw and enroll in a different online or in-person course.

Knowledge Transfer Guarantee

If an employee leaves within three months of obtaining certification, Infosec will train a different employee at the same organization tuition-free for up to one year.


Frequently asked questions

Why should I become a Certified Network Defender?

A Certified Network Defender certification can be a valuable asset to organizations. This is a well-known certification that is vendor-neutral. It is applicable across security programs.  

Should I get another certification before I take the Certified Network Defender Exam?

Though not required, it is recommended that you have some related certifications like CompTIA Network+ or Security+.

How is Certified Network Defender related to the DoD 8570?

Certified Network Defender fulfills the requirements for Department of Defense (DoD) Directive 8570, which is mandatory if you are looking to get a government job that is involved with any aspect of information security. 

Meets 8570.1 requirements

Attention DoD Information Assurance workers! This boot camp helps meet U.S. Department of Defense Directive 8570.1 requirements for department employees or contractors engaged in work related to information security.

You're in good company


The instructor was able to take material that prior to the class had made no sense, and explained it in real world scenarios that were able to be understood.

Erik Heiss, United States Air Force

I really appreciate that our instructor was extremely knowledgeable and was able to provide the information in a way that it could be understood. He also provided valuable test-taking strategies that I know not only helped me with this exam, but will help in all exams I take in the future.

Michelle Jemmott, Pentagon

The course was extremely helpful and provided exactly what we needed to know in order to successfully navigate the exam. Without this I am not confident I would have passed.

Robert Caldwell, Salient Federal Solutions

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