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MDSO - Certified DevSecOps Engineer

DevSecOps is the practice of incorporating security into every stage of the development and maintenance of information and communications technology (ICT) projects. The goal is to automate security wherever possible to keep the workflow from slowing down. This approach can help organizations avoid the costly and time-consuming process of fixing security vulnerabilities after the fact. By embedding security into the development process, organizations can avoid many of the risks associated with traditional, waterfall-style approaches to software development.

Today's job market is extremely competitive, and students who have successfully achieved their MDSO Certification from MCSI can apply for DevSecOps jobs worldwide with the confidence that they have the competencies the industry is seeking. This certification demonstrates that the holder has the skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective DevSecOps practitioner. The MCSI DevSecOps Certification is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in this rapidly growing field.

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Course Overview

DevSecOps is a term for a new way of working that combines the speed and agility of DevOps with the security of data and applications. By bringing together development, operations, and security teams from the start of the software development lifecycle, DevSecOps can help organizations deliver software faster and more securely.

As software plays an increasingly important role in our lives, the importance of developing secure software has also increased. The introduction of DevSecOps can be challenging for some organizations to implement, as it requires changes to culture, processes, and the interconnectivity of development and security teams. However, the benefits for improved security and performance are worth the effort.

A DevSecOps engineer is a developer who specializes in secure development practices. They are responsible for ensuring that software is developed in a way that meets security requirements and for keeping systems secure during the software development process. DevSecOps engineers work closely with developers, ops teams, and security teams to ensure that all aspects of security are considered throughout the software development life cycle.

The MCSI DevSecOps (MDSO) certification will equip you with the skillset necessary to carry out the following tasks:

  • Administer CI/CD processes, pipelines and platforms
  • Write secure applications free of critical vulnerabilities
  • Develop and automate software deployments using CI/CD pipelines
  • Utilize DevOps services offered by AWS, Azure and GCP
  • Provision and Manage cloud infrastructure (AWS, Azure and GCP) using Infrastructure as Code (IaC) tools
  • Perform security testing of CI/CD pipelines
  • Continuously audit and monitor infrastructure
  • Implement, maintain and ensure compliance from day one

According to talent.com, the average DevSecOps Engineer's salary in the USA is $140,106 per year. Entry level positions start at $118,919 per year while most experienced workers make up to $177,421 per year.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities You Will Acquire

MCSI is one of the most respected and trusted names in cyber security education and training. Our certifications teach critical skills, knowledge and abilities needed to advance a career in cyber security. Our courses are comprehensive and up-to-date, and our instructors are experienced professionals who are dedicated to helping students learn. MCSI provides the real-world skills and knowledge you need to protect any organization from cyber threats.

  • Develop and automate software deployments using continuous CI/CD pipelines products

    Developing and automating software deployments using continuous CI/CD pipelines products can save a lot of time and effort. By automating the process, you can eliminate the need to manually update and deploy software. This can help to improve software quality and reduce the risk of human error. In addition, using continuous CI/CD pipelines can help to speed up the software development process and improve efficiency.

    Gitlab

    Gitlab is a powerful tool for software development that offers a wide range of features to streamline the software development process. One of the most powerful features of Gitlab is the ability to use continuous CI/CD pipelines to automate the software deployment process. By using continuous CI/CD pipelines, Gitlab can automatically build, test, and deploy your software with each new code commit. This makes it easy to keep your software up-to-date and ensures that your software is always deployed correctly. In addition, Gitlab can also automatically rollback your software to a previous version if something goes wrong with the deployment process.

    Jenkins

    Jenkins is a popular open source automation server that helps developers automate repetitive tasks associated with the software development process. One of the things that Jenkins can be used for is setting up continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines. This means that every time a developer makes a change to the code, Jenkins will automatically build and test the code, and then deploy it to the production server if it passes all the tests. This helps to ensure that the code is always up to date and that there are no errors in the production environment.

  • Write secure web applications for critical business services

    As a DevSecOps engineer, it is important to have a strong understanding of secure coding and application security. This knowledge is necessary in order to be able to properly secure the applications that you are responsible for. Without this understanding, it would be very difficult to properly secure an application.

    Input validation

    Input validation is the process of verifying that user input is clean, correct, and useful before passing it on to your application. By validating input, you can help ensure that your application is not being exploited by malicious users. Additionally, input validation can help improve the overall quality of your data by ensuring that it is consistent and accurate.

    Transport layer security

    Transport layer security (TLS) is a security protocol that is used to protect communications over the Internet. TLS is a successor to the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol and is used to encrypt data that is being sent between two computers. TLS uses a variety of security mechanisms, including public-key cryptography, to provide a secure connection.

    Authorization controls

    Application authorization controls help ensure that only authorized users can access sensitive data and systems. They can be implemented in a number of ways, such as requiring users to have a unique login and password, or using one-time codes. Application authorization controls help protect against unauthorized access, which can lead to data breaches and other security issues.

    Session management

    Session management is the process of tracking and managing user sessions on a website or web application. This can involve keeping track of user login information, activity, and preferences in order to provide a personalized experience and ensure security. Session management is important for both users and businesses, as it can help improve the user experience and keep confidential information safe.

    Error and exception handling

    Error and exception handling refers to the process of managing errors and exceptions in a program. This can be done by using try-catch blocks, error handling routines, or other methods. Error and exception handling is important in order to keep a program running smoothly and avoiding crashes.

    Logging and monitoring

    Logging and monitoring is the process of collecting and reviewing data from a computer system in order to identify potential issues and track system performance. This data can include system activity logs, application logs, network traffic data, and other information that can be used to troubleshoot problems or assess system performance.

    Anti-automation

    Anti-automation protection is a type of security measure that is designed to prevent automated programs from accessing or manipulating data. This can be done by requiring user input before allowing any automated processes to run, or by blocking automated processes altogether.

    Intrusion detection

    Intrusion detection can be defined as a process of identifying unauthorized access or malicious activity within a computer system or network. IDS systems are designed to detect and respond to attacks in real-time, and can be either host-based or network-based.

  • Provision and manage cloud infrastructure using Infrastructure as Code (IaC) tools

    When it comes to provisioning and managing cloud infrastructure, Infrastructure as Code (IaC) tools are essential. IaC tools allow you to automate the process of provisioning and managing infrastructure, which can save you a lot of time and effort. In addition, IaC tools can also help you to manage your infrastructure more effectively, by allowing you to track changes and ensure that your infrastructure is always up-to-date.

    Terraform

    Terraform is a tool for building, changing, and versioning infrastructure safely and efficiently. Terraform can manage cloud infrastructure offered by popular public and private cloud service providers.

    Ansible

    Ansible is a powerful tool that helps organizations automate the provisioning and configuration of their IT infrastructure. It is often used in DevOps pipelines to help manage and deploy application code. Ansible can also be used to provision and configure servers, and to manage system and application configurations. In addition, Ansible can be used to automate security tasks, such as patch management and vulnerability scanning. By using Ansible in DevOps pipelines, organizations can improve the speed and quality of their software releases.

    Chef

    Chef is a powerful automation tool that is used in DevOps to manage and deploy applications. It is used to automate the creation, testing and deployment of code. Chef is also used to manage server infrastructure and to automate tasks such as provisioning, configuring, and managing servers. In addition, Chef can be used to monitor and manage application and server performance.

    Puppet

    Puppet is a configuration management tool that helps manage server infrastructure. It can be used to automate tasks, such as provisioning and configuring servers. Puppet is often used in DevOps environments to help manage server deployments. In addition to automate tasks, Puppet can also be used to enforce security policies. For example, Puppet can be used to ensure that only authorized users have access to certain sensitive files. By using Puppet in DevOps environments, organizations can better manage server deployments and enforce security policies.

    AWS Cloud Formation

    AWS CloudFormation is a powerful tool that can be used in DevSecOps to automate the provisioning and management of resources in the AWS cloud. With CloudFormation, you can define templates that specify the resources and configurations that you want to deploy in your AWS environment.

    Azure Resource Manager (ARM)

    Azure Resource Manager (ARM) is a deployment service from Microsoft that provides a managed environment for the deployment and management of cloud resources and applications. ARM is often used in DevOps for its ability to automate the provisioning and management of resources. This can help speed up the development and deployment process, as well as improve the overall quality of applications.

    Google Cloud Deployment Manager

    Google Cloud Deployment Manager is a powerful tool that can help automate the process of setting up and configuring infrastructure on Google Cloud. It can be used to manage resources such as virtual machines, storage, and networking.

  • Implement static and dynamic code analysis within CI/CD pipelines
  • Build and maintain security across Kubernetes clusters using automation

Career Outcomes

This certification thoroughly prepares you for the following roles:

  • DevSecOps Engineer
  • Senior Cloud Security Engineer
Certification Detail

MCSI certifications are highly respected and sought-after credentials in the industry. Earning an MCSI certification is a testament to your knowledge and skillset, and demonstrates your commitment to excellence. The content is cutting-edge, uniquely-designed, and hands-on. Our exercises teach in-demand skills that are immediately applicable in the field.

The certifications are valid indefinitely and do not require any renewal fees. The training is accessible without any time limits.

Syllabus

Training Modules

This course provides you with multiple training modules, each of which is designed to teach you practical skills that can help you solve important cyber problems. Each module offers exercises that will help you build your skills and capabilities.

  • MDSO-001: Introduction to DevSecOps - 4 exercises
  • MDSO-002: Introduction to Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) - 4 exercises
  • MDSO-003: Introduction to Infrastructure as Code (IaC) - 4 exercises
  • MDSO-101: Web Application Security Fundamentals - Part 1 - 5 exercises
  • MDSO-102: Web Application Security Fundamentals - Part 2 - 5 exercises
  • MDSO-103: Web Application Security Fundamentals - Part 3 - 4 exercises
  • MDSO-201: DevOps with Jenkins - 11 exercises
  • MDSO-202: DevOps with GitLab - 4 exercises
  • MDSO-203: Introduction to Amazon Web Services - 5 exercises
  • MDSO-204: Introduction to Microsoft Azure - 5 exercises
  • MDSO-205: Introduction to Google Cloud Platform - 5 exercises
  • MDSO-301: DevOps on Amazon Web Services - 20 exercises
  • MDSO-302: DevOps on Microsoft Azure - 10 exercises
  • MDSO-303: DevOps on Google Cloud Platform - 7 exercises
  • MDSO-401: Provision and Manage AWS Infrastructure with Terraform - 16 exercises
  • MDSO-402: Provision and Manage Azure Infrastructure with Terraform - 9 exercises
  • MDSO-403: Provision and Manage GCP Infrastructure with Terraform - 5 exercises
  • MDSO-404: Infrastructure as Code Using Ansible - 7 exercises
  • MDSO-405: Secure Infrastructure as Code Using Ansible - 6 exercises
  • MDSO-406: Infrastructure as Code Using Chef - 4 exercises
  • MDSO-407: Secure Infrastructure as Code Using Chef - 7 exercises
  • MDSO-408: Infrastructure as Code Using Puppet - 5 exercises
  • MDSO-501: Kubernetes: Networking - 5 exercises
  • MDSO-502: Kubernetes: Monitoring and Threat Detection with Falco - 6 exercises
  • MDSO-601: Vulnerability Scanning and management - 2 exercises
  • MDSO-602: Logging, Log Automation and Log Management - 7 exercises
  • MDSO-603: Static and Dynamic Security Testing in CI/CD - 12 exercises
  • MDSO-604: Advanced Web Application Security - 7 exercises

Certifications

MCSI Industry Certifications are important for you to earn because they signify that you have the skills required to work in a cybersecurity. Certificates of Completion are also important to earn because they signify that you have completed an exercise. Earning Certificates of Completion and Industry Certifications demonstrates that you are willing to put in the extra work to be successful.

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MCSI's MDSO certification covers all six levels of the Australian Signals Directorate's Cyber Skills Framework. You will achieve a certificate upon reaching each level. Click here to learn more.

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

In a single course, MCSI offers multiple industry certifications. You will save time and money with us because you will receive several accredited levels of competencies with a single purchase rather than having to buy multiple courses. Our goal is to provide you with a course that will take you from beginner to expert.

Sample Exercises

Three exercises from the MDSO - Certified DevSecOps Engineer training are listed below. These exercises are meant to help you enhance your Blue Teaming abilities. This course includes over 100 practical training exercises in total.

Use AWS CodeBuild To Build Your Application And Store The Generated Artifacts In An S3 Bucket

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Perform User Activity Monitoring On Your Jenkins Installation

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Run An Integration Test On Your Ansible Cookbook With 'Test Kitchen'

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Our Instructors

Student exercises are reviewed and graded by multiple instructors. This one-of-a-kind approach allows you to get highly personalized input from a number of successful professionals.

MCSI's teachers bring real-world experience and knowledge to the classroom, ensuring that students have the skills they need to excel in the field of information security. Due to their extensive experience in penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, reverse engineering, incident response, digital forensics, and exploit development, students will understand the most up-to-date defensive and offensive cybersecurity strategies and procedures.

Our instructors are passionate about information security and are always looking to further their own knowledge. Students who attend an MCSI course can be confident that they are learning from some of the best in the business. They can adapt their teaching approaches to match the demands of any student, regardless of their degree of expertise.

The MCSI team strives to provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date cybersecurity training available. Whether you are a seasoned security professional or new to the field, MCSI has a course that will meet your needs.

Received personalized feedback from cybersecurity experts:

  • Overcome challenges and hurdles preventing you from advancing your skills
  • Receive guidance on how to focus your training efforts and avoid wasting time
  • Learn how to meet the industry's quality standards and produce high-quality work
  • When you're stuck, go to a support forum or ask inquiries to the instructors right on the platform

Help and Support

Your submissions will be reviewed by MCSI instructors, who will provide you with personalized feedback. This input is critical since it can assist you in identifying the areas where you need to enhance your skills. The instructor's feedback will also tell you how well you did an exercise and what you can do to improve your performance even further.

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Throughout the course, MCSI provides continuing support and assistance. Students have access to an online forum where they can communicate directly with the instructors. The exercises include a question form for students to ask for clarification, allowing them to get the most out of the course.

The exercises are written in a way that makes it clear what is expected of you. There is a description, specifications, guidelines, and quality expectations for each exercise. If you need more information, you can ask for it and expect a response within a few hours.

Whenever you encounter an exercise that could be improved, please contact us so that we can update it. Our catalog is kept very up-to-date, and students who propose enhancements typically receive a patch within one business day.

Actively Maintained Course

This course is actively maintained to ensure that it is current and error-free. We want to ensure that you have the best possible experience while taking this course, which includes having access to accurate and current information. This course is also tested for flaws on a regular basis, so you can be sure you're getting a high-quality product.

This course is constantly updated with the support of trustworthy industry peers to ensure that students are acquiring the most up-to-date information and skills. This dedication to staying ahead of the curve is what distinguishes this course as one of the greatest in the market.

Prerequisites

Training Laptop Requirement

This course can be completed on a standard training laptop. To ensure you have the necessary hardware to complete the course, your machine should meet the following specifications:

  • 64-bit Intel i5/i7 2.0+ GHz processor or equivalent
  • 8GB of RAM
  • Ability to run at least (1) virtual machine using Virtual Box, or an equivalent virtualization software
  • Windows 10 or later, macOS 10 or later, or Linux
  • Local administrator privileges
Do you support older operating systems?

Yes. Many of the exercises can be completed on older OS versions. A few of our students are successfully using older equipment to learn cyber security.

Proficiency in the English language

You must have the ability to comfortably read and understand IT documentation written in English. Ideally, they have 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 two (2) years of experience working as a IT engineer or system administrator.

Programming Skills

This course requires you to write scripts and secure web applications.

We recommend that you have at least one (1) year of experience in web programming, or a degree that included modules on software development.

Cloud Security Skills

If you are new to the cloud then we strongly recommend that you complete our MCSE certification first.

Lab Environment

This course teaches you how to setup and configure your own cybersecurity lab.

There are numerous advantages to creating your own cybersecurity lab rather than paying for one. The cost savings are perhaps the most evident benefit. When compared to the expense of licensing a pre-built lab, creating your own lab can save you thousands of dollars. You also have the option of customizing the lab environment to meet your specific requirements. You can, for example, select the hardware and software that will be used in your lab.

Another advantage of setting up your own cybersecurity lab is that it allows you to learn new skills. Building a lab from the ground up necessitates knowledge of networking, system administration, and other technical subjects. This experience is invaluable in your career as a cybersecurity professional.

We frequently see students who can complete a task in a pre-built lab but cannot complete the same task at work. This is because these labs are meant to lessen work complexity, thereby creating an illusion of personal capabilities. It's also worth noting that you'll be expected to set up your own lab to test tools and techniques in the workplace. Employers may give you the resources to set up virtual computers and networks, but it will be up to you to manage the lab environment and maintain your tools.

Finally, you should know that pre-built labs are not commonly licensed by top cybersecurity professionals. They've realized that setting up a lab is simple, efficient, adaptable, cost-effective, and that it sparks creativity. It also nullifies risk of performing unauthorized actions against systems provisioned by a third-party.

Aptitude Test (Optional)

This is an advanced course. It includes exercises for novices but assumes that they have competent IT skills and a strong understanding of cybersecurity concepts.

Aptitude Test:

If you're not sure if you'll be able to fully enjoy this course, then contact us via email to organize a free aptitude test. This test will determine whether you meet the course's basic baseline criteria. If you've never studied with us before, it will also introduce you to the MCSI Method™.

Easier Courses:

If you are convinced that this course is too difficult for you, then you should start with something easier. We recommend checking out the following courses:

You won't need to complete all of these easier courses in their entirety. Most likely, you already have adequate skills and only need to fine-tune them before taking an advanced course like this one. Choose a route, follow it, enhance your skills, and then return to this course in a few months!

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We place a major emphasis on teaching practical skills. Our students learn best when they can put what they've learned into practice. In addition, we believe that many significant thoughts and ideas should be publicly accessible to anyone. We believe that knowledge that is already available in the public domain should not be subject to price.

Why MCSI’s DevSecOps Certification is World Class

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Comprehensive, Effective, Exceeds Standards

Holders of the MDSO Certification have completed over 100 practical online exercises demonstrating that they have the skills and knowledge required to work in DevSecOps role. Students take an average of 6 months to complete these exercises.

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Application Security

DevSecOps aims to deliver secure cloud applications in a continuous and automated manner. To that end, the MDSO Certification includes secure coding exercises. Holders of MDSO can build and maintain mission-critical applications free of vulnerabilities.

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Full Coverage

This Certification covers the most common DevSecOps tools. For example: Jenkins, Harness, Terraform, Ansible, Puppet, Chef, Gitlab, Docker, Kubernetes, Git, PowerShell, Python, Cloudwatch, OWASP Dependency-Check, OWASP ZAP and many more!

MCSI students have submitted over 14,000 practical online exercises since December 2018.

Enrolment and Fees

Fees

US$450 (+ GST if you're based in Australia).

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

How to enrol

You can purchase the training using a Credit Card or PayPal. The training is immediately available.

Terms and Conditions

Cooling-Off Policy

Received a full refund if you changed your mind about a purchase within 24 hours. No questions asked. Read the full details here.

Don't Buy This Course

Don't buy this course if you think learning cyber security is simple, that it will only take a few hours, that remembering a few concepts from videos and books would be enough, or, that you should be provided with walkthroughs and solutions to practical problems instead of thinking critically for yourself.

Our competitors are misleading you by claiming that their video courses and open-book theoretical certificates will teach you everything you need to know about cyber security. We recommend that you stay away from our courses until you've realized that cybersecurity requires hundreds of hours of training against difficult challenges under the watchful eye of experts encouraging you to improve your weaknesses. Only then will you understand the value of this course and the benefits that the MCSI Method™ can bring to your career. We only want satisfied customers.

How does MCSI Compare?

If you are looking for a certification that will give you an edge in the job market, look no further than MCSI certifications. Thanks to our innovative approach, cybersecurity training is more affordable and effective than traditional methods.

MCSI Certifications Traditional Vendors Industry Conferences Conference Workshop Cybersecurity Bootcamps Cyber Ranges
Cost US$450 $5,000+ $900+ $4,000+ $10,000+ $3,000+
Hours of training 600+ hours 40-48 10+ 16-40 450 40-100
Certifications 5 1 0 0 1 0
Online Yes Some No No No Yes
practical 100% 50% 0% 50% 50% 100%
Maintenance Level High Low Low Low Low Low
free trial Yes No No No No No
Access to instructors Yes Some No Yes Yes Some

Our pricing is more affordable than our competitors because we have reinvented how cyber training is done online. Our innovative Online Learning Platform is highly effective at teaching cyber security. The platform provides a more engaging and interactive learning experience than traditional methods, which helps students learn and retain skills better. Try the free version and see for yourself.

Bloom's Taxonomy

Bloom's Taxonomy is a system for categorizing distinct stages of intellectual growth. It is used in education to assist students comprehend and learn material more effectively. MCSI teaches students how to apply, analyze, evaluate, and create at the highest levels of the taxonomy. The majority of our competitors are simply concerned with getting you to remember concepts.

The intellectual developments outlined in Bloom's Taxonomy are directly tied to your capacity to advance in your cyber security career. Employers look for people who can solve challenges that are worth paying for. With us, you'll learn practical skills that are in demand and applicable to a wide range of cyber occupations.

Industry Recognized Skills

MCSI credentials are well-respected around the world, and organisations searching for people with real cyber security abilities seek them out. Obtaining an MCSI certification verifies your understanding of critical cyber security topics as well as your ability to provide real-world results.

The ability of MCSI's training programme to give students with real-world, hands-on experience is unrivalled. Students must conduct their own research and develop their own answers in order to complete our practical exercises, which are meant to give them the skills they need to be successful in the field.

With MCSI, you will build a comprehensive cybersecurity portfolio of your skills as you complete exercises. This portfolio is a powerful tool for displaying your cybersecurity knowledge and abilities. A portfolio, as opposed to typical resumes and paper-based credentials, presents a more thorough summary of your skills and accomplishments.

Students Feedback

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Information Security Professionals made a median salary of $103,590 in 2020. Cybersecurity roles are regularly ranked #1 jobs in the United States.

If you're interested in increasing your earning potential, investing in this course will give you the skills and confidence you need to apply for jobs that offer a salary of $75,000 to $150,000 per year. Why spend tens of thousands of dollars on degrees or theoretical certifications when you can develop in-demand practical skills in a shorter amount of time?

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