Securing Cisco Network with Threat Detection and Analyst – (SCYBER)

CyberSecurity Specialist
CyberSecurity Specialist

I would like to introduce you to the  Cisco Certification called SCYBER.

The Securing Cisco Networks with Threat Detection and Analysis (SCYBER) (600-199) is a 1.5-hour exam with 50−60 questions.

This exam is associated with the Cisco Cybersecurity Specialist certification. Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the Interconnecting “Securing Cisco Networks with Threat Detection and Analysis”course.This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge and skills required to proactively detect and mitigate network security threats by leveraging features that exist in Cisco and other industry network security products today.

Designed for professional security analysts, the exam covers essential areas of competency including event monitoring, security event/alarm/traffic analysis, and incident response. The exam is closed book and no outside reference materials are allowed.

My experience with this certification is the following:

Some months ago ( February) after I passed my CompTia Security + Certification , I was looking for the  next certification to prepare.

My search leads me to CEH of EC-Council , GSEC of SANS Institute and Cybersecurity Essentials of Prometric. In the same time I received some Cisco ads  about their new SCYBER  Certification and that caught my attention.

To make my choice , I discarded CEH and GSEC because the sources materials for these certifications were scarse and not fully available on Pi****bay ;)!(shuuuuuut !!! I took almost all y sources materials on it ).

I started compare SCYBER and Cyber Security Essentials of Prometric , and for me this last looked like Security + Certification that I passed . Then I focused on SCYBER , but it was a new certification , that means no sources materrials available,  only in the training center !

I decided to come back to CEH. some months have passed and I started to see the new version V8 of the certification available, but my mind was always in the SCYBER  may be due to of lack of materials  to correctly setup my CEH Lab.., it was difficult for me to perform CEH Labs  ( I had 2 computers one Mac Book Air “11”, and an old Windows PC 32bits  😦  ,  not enough memory for different VMs Machine to setup  …and so on ) .

This is how the true CEH Lab looks like according to EC-Council.

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But I don’t give up , I keep trying my best by download and learn about Computer Forensic , Hacking , Cybersecurity … ( I have a 700 GB data  hard disk so I can always  do news things :)) .

Few week ago , after an interview I saw one Cisco Live conference gived by James Risler , the Topic was about Cisco Cyber Security Analyst Specialist Certification, that convince me to prepare SCYBER.

For me , it was not too difficult , besides I think that the SCYBER exam was  easy more  than the preparation I  made (may be I did too much  preparation ?!?!). I so  much appreciated all subjects I learned and experienced more  than the exam itself.  I just failed one question on 58  🙂 .

The official sources material it not yet available excepted some cisco presses . The official  preparation is given by a  cisco instructor led courses.

I used some Cisco presses , mainly  my own searchs among my 700 GB data of my hard disk ( Computer Forensic , Ethical Hacking , TCP/IP fundamental , TCPdumps , Wireshark , Incidence Response procedure , …) and some forum .

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Some subjects seems basic, but for example if you can not read the information contained in the TCP header , payload can you investigate?

Even if  it’s Cisco certification , the subjects are not based on cisco technologies or products, but mainly on Cybersecurity in general like a neutral vendor certification can proceed .

And the winner is … 😉

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That’s what I can say about this certification I recommend you to watch this video if you want more details.