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$599 / year
- 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
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$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
What does a SOC analyst do?
A security operations center (SOC) analyst is responsible for analyzing and monitoring network traﬃc for security events and vulnerabilities. SOC analysts also investigate, document and report on information systems weaknesses. SOC analysts also monitor ﬁrewall, email, web and DNS logs to identify and mitigate intrusion attempts.
SOC analyst career paths
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.
- Systems Security Analyst
- Cyber Defense Analyst
- Vulnerability Assessment Analyst
- Cyber Defense Incident Responder
- Cyber Defense Infrastructure Support Specialist
Suggested courses for SOC analysts
The Computer Forensics skill path teaches you critical techniques about identifying, preserving, extracting, analyzing and reporting forensic evidence through use of the most popular computer forensic tools.
Cyber Threat Hunting
The Cyber Threat Hunting Learning Path helps you master a repeatable, documentable cyber threat hunting methodology. You'll learn how to leverage a variety of tools to assist with your cyber threat hunting activities.
The Incident Response Learning Path will give students the understanding of how incidents are responded to at a high level, as well as allow them to build important technical skills through the hands-on labs and projects.
Network Traffic Analysis for Incident Response
Learn about network traffic analysis tools and techniques and the valuable data that can be extracted from your network traffic.
This path introduces you to threat modeling with RTMP. Beginning with a top-level view of threat modeling, you'll look at core security frameworks, elements of a threat model, threat modeling basics, agile architecture and more.
The vulnerability assessment learning path guides you through a holistic security assessment approach, where you will develop a well-structured framework for analyzing the security of a system. You will acquire the skills to perform custom vulnerability assessment for any computer system, application or network infrastructure.
Advanced Intrusion Detection
Building meaningful detections is the first step in identifying malicious intruders on your network and remediating any threats against your environment. The Advanced Intrusion Detection learning path will provide you with the practical, hands-on knowledge you need to fully understand the methodology behind intrusion detection and craft meaningful detection rules and logic.
Cybersecurity Data Science
The best hackers and security experts are using machine learning to break and secure systems. Learn everything you need to employ the latest cutting edge tools in cybersecurity data science.
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SOC Analyst FAQ
Frequently asked questions
- What does a SOC analyst do?
SOC analysts use their networking, computer science, research and collaboration skills to assess security systems for vulnerabilities and malicious activities and to identify potential
controls to mitigate them.
SOC analysts can also be expected to perform many other tasks:
- Monitor security systems for suspicious network or application behavior
- Document security incidents and implement response plans
- Assist with cybersecurity risk assessments, vulnerability testing and compliance activities
- Monitor and perform security and patch management
- How do I become a SOC analyst?
To help the creation of your development plan, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that successful SOC analysts typically display the following characteristics:
Analytical skills: SOC analysts must carefully study computer systems and networks and assess risks to determine how security policies and protocols can be improved
Detail-oriented: Because cyberattacks can be difficult to detect, SOC analysts must pay careful attention to computer systems and watch for minor changes in performance
Ingenuity: SOC analysts must anticipate SOC risks and implement new ways to protect their organization’s computer systems and networks
Problem-solving skills: SOC analysts must respond to security alerts, uncover and fix flaws in computer systems and networks
- What education does a SOC analyst need?
Most SOC analyst vacancies are looking for candidates with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information assurance or a related field. However, given the large critical skills gap across the cybersecurity industry, many employers’ emphasis on four-year degrees has lessened if the candidate can show tangible technical skills, and related on-the-job experience.
- What certifications does a SOC analyst need?
There is no industry-wide or CompTIA SOC analyst certification path, or certified SOC analyst training program available right now. But several related programs cover many of the relevant skills an analyst would need, regardless of the industry in which they would be employed. One example is CompTIA’s intermediate-level Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) certification, or CompTIA’s Security+ and Network+ certifications.
There are other certifications one could use to improve their skills and validate their understanding of important security fundamentals:
- What skills does a SOC analyst need?
SOC analyst day-to-day activities require them to demonstrate competency across the following security domains:
- Network defense
- Ethical hacking
- Incident response
- Computer forensics
- Reverse engineering
- How much does a SOC analyst earn?
Here are average salaries for industries employing the most SOC analysts:
- Finance and insurance: $103,510
- Computer systems design and related services: $101,980
- Information: $100,560
- Management of companies and enterprises: $97,440
- Administrative and support services: $96,190
- What does a SOC analyst work?
One source lists New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Massachusetts and Maryland as the top employer of security analysts. Given the size of the federal government, Virginia and the District of Columbia can also be expected to employ a lot of SOC analysts.
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