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MCSI Certification

MCPE - Certified Cyber Protection Expert

This certification training equips Cyber Protection Teams with the skills required to deliver defensive cyber operations in accordance with approved DoD CPT Workflow.

You will learn how to characterize cyber terrain, identify concealed threats, understand and assess risks, perform forensics and malware analysis, respond to intrusions and recover compromise networks.

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ic-money US$800
No Expiry, No Renewals


MCSI Certifications are world-class. The content is cutting-edge, uniquely-designed, hands-on and challenging. Our exercises teach in-demand skills that are immediately applicable in the field. MCSI's unique approach helps students around the world advance their careers.

This Certification has no expiry date. It has no renewal fees, no hidden fees, and is accessible with no time limits.

MCSI Certified Cyber Protection Expert:

  • Understand and plan Cyber Protection Missions
  • Establish security posture of the supported organization
  • Deploy network and host monitoring
  • Identify evidence of cyber threats
  • Understand and assess potential threats
  • Combat active threat actors
  • Upgrade cyber defenses to counter future intrusions


Training Modules

  • Key Terminology Concepts - 5 exercises
  • Key Risk Management Concepts - 7 exercises
  • Key Information Security Auditing Concepts - 4 exercises
  • Key Information Security Management Concepts - 3 exercises
  • Key Structured Ways of Working Concepts - 3 exercises
  • Key Incident Management Concepts - 15 exercises
  • Lab Setup - 7 exercises
  • External Communication Templates - 2 exercises
  • Internal Communication Templates - Under construction
  • Planning Defensive Cyberspace Operations - Under construction
  • Network Analysis - Under construction
  • Identifying Network Vulnerabilities - 7 exercises
  • Endpoint Analysis - Under construction
  • Microsoft Windows Network Security Fundamentals - 7 exercises
  • Hardening Legacy Microsoft Windows Operating Systems - 10 exercises
  • Identifying and Exploiting Common Windows Vulnerabilities - 7 exercises
  • Identifying and Exploiting Common Linux Vulnerabilities - Under construction
  • Risk Analysis Fundamentals - Under construction
  • Malware Analysis Fundamentals - 11 exercises
  • Memory Forensics Fundamentals - 5 exercises
  • Threat Hunting with the ELK Stack and Sysmon - 3 exercises
  • Threat Hunting with Google Rapid Response (GRR) - 2 exercises
  • Threat Hunting with Velociraptor - Under construction
  • Threat Hunting with YARA - 1 exercises
  • Automation with Ansible, Terraform and Boto3 - Under construction
  • Major Cyber Incident Handling - Under construction
  • Policies, Procedures, Guidelines, Playbooks and Checklist - 3 exercises

Sample Exercises

To be announced.

Enrolment and Fees


US$800 (+ GST if you're based in Australia).

Practical exercises must be completed online using MCSI's Online Learning Platform.

How to enrol

  1. Login/Register for MCSI's Online Learning Platform
  2. Select `Shop` from the left-side menu
  3. Find the MCPE - Certified Cyber Protection Expert, select `Buy` and proceed through the checkout process. You can purchase using a Credit Card or PayPal
  4. Once you have enrolled in the MCPE - Certified Cyber Protection Expert, the curriculum unlocks immediately
  5. In the left-side menu of the platform, select `Training & Education` then `MCSI Curriculums`, and you will see the MCPE - Certified Cyber Protection Expert listed

Terms and Conditions

  • No discounts
  • No refunds
  • No transfers
  • No renewal fees
  • No hidden fees
  • No time limits


Proficiency in the English language

Ability to comfortably read and understand IT documentation written in English. Ideally, an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent).

Note: You can register for this course without having undertaken an English test.

Professional Experience

At least 5 years of experience working in Information Technology, in a technical role.

Prerequisite Skills

  • Ability to write scripts
  • Ability to deploy software at scale in Windows networks
  • Ability to read and write network diagrams
  • Ability to stand up infrastructure and tools in the cloud

Prerequisite Knowledge

  • Knowledge of cyber-attack methodologies and tools
  • Knowledge of basic Windows Internals (e.g. registry, services, filesystem etc.)

Career Outcomes

This certification training equips Cyber Protection Teams with the skills required to deliver defensive cyber operations in accordance with approved DoD CPT Workflow.

Certification Detail

Training Curriculum and Certifications

Students unlock Certificates of Completion for every exercise they complete. Industry Certifications are unlocked upon achieving Skills Proficiency Milestones.




Obtain CPE points by solving exercises


Achieve multiple certifications


Receive help from instructors online

MCSI's MCPE certification covers all six levels of the Australian Signals Directorate's Cyber Skills Framework. You will achieve a certificate upon reaching each level:

ASD Skills Proficiency Level Curriculum Completion Requirement Scenarios Completion Requirement
MCSI Cyber Protection Learner Level 1 0% 0%
MCSI Novice Cyber Protection Practitioner Level 2 20% 0%
MCSI Cyber Protection Practitioner Level 3 50% 0%
MCSI Senior Cyber Protection Practitioner Level 4 70% 50%
MCSI Certified Principal Cyber Protection Practitioner Level 5 80% 100%
MCSI Certified Expert Cyber Protection Practitioner Level 6 95% 100%

As an MCSI Certified Cyber Protection Expert you will be fully capable of performing the following:

  • Planning & Logistics
    • Understand CPT Missions
    • Develop CONOPs
    • Develop Action Plans
    • Brief the Chain of Command
    • Consume Threat Intelligence
    • Prepare RFIs
  • Monitoring & Collection
    • Deploy sensors
    • Deploy network taps
    • Collect network and host data
    • Collect configuration settings
    • Perform vulnerability scans
    • Acquire memory dumps
  • Analysis & Synthesis
    • Network Analysis
    • Host Analysis
    • Malware Analysis
    • Forensics Analysis
    • Terrain Characterization
    • Threat Characterization
    • Risk Analysis
  • Incident Response
    • Detect compromised systems and accounts
    • Discover the extent of the intrusions
    • Perform impact assessments
    • Attribute cyber attacks to known threat actors
    • Develop and execute response actions
    • Develop and execute response actions
  • Secure Key Cyber Terrain
    • Upgrade, harden and protect Active Directory
    • Deploy security countermeasures at scale using GPOs
    • Perform system uplifts and migrations
    • Re-architecture network zones
  • Report, Transition, Close Mission
    • Develop reports, briefings and training plans
    • Create a security investment roadmap
    • Compose playbooks and procedures

Why MCSI’s Cyber Protection Certification is World Class

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Comprehensive, Effective, Exceeds Standards

Holders of the MCPE Certification have completed 100 practical online exercises thus demonstrating that they have the skills and knowledge to disrupt and defeat adversary cyber campaigns, and deter future campaigns.

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Internals Focused

Students who have obtained this Certification have demonstrated that they have a full understanding of the Windows operating system's internals for digital forensics, incident response and malware analysis purposes.

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Process and Outcome Focused

This Certification teaches a formal process that delivers tangible and measurable outcomes in the field. Tools and techniques are augmented with structured ways of working that include planning, reporting, briefing, and developing reusable procedures, guidelines, and playbooks.


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