Certification Programmes

MCSI Certification

MICS - Introduction to Cyber Security

MICS teaches entry-level cyber security skills in domains such as open-source intelligence, security tools, operational security, network reconnaissance and threat hunting.

Students who have successfully achieved their MICS Certification from MCSI can apply for winter/summer internships worldwide with the confidence that they have the competencies the industry is seeking.

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Intermediate Level MCSI Certification Beginner
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ic-clock 100+ hours
cpe-points 69
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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 - Introduction to Cyber Security:

  • Learn technical and enterprise security concepts
  • Discover active attack campaigns
  • Perform network reconnaissance
  • Extract data from search engines and social media
  • Classify binaries with YARA
  • Develop a password policy and a risk matrix
  • Build a home security lab


Training Modules

  • Complete these exercises first - 2 exercises
  • Internet Searching - 8 exercises
  • Technical Concepts - 5 exercises
  • Enterprise Security Concepts - 10 exercises
  • Facebook OSINT - 5 exercises
  • Passive Network Reconnaissance - 5 exercises
  • Discovering Attack Campaigns - 3 exercises
  • Operational Security - 5 exercises
  • Microsoft Windows Fundamentals - 5 exercises
  • Security Tools - 8 exercises
  • Threat Hunting using YARA - 10 exercises
  • Governance, Risk and Compliance - 5 exercises
  • Security Lab Setup - 5 exercises

Sample Exercises

Below are three (3) exercises from the 75 exercises available in MICS - Introduction to Cyber Security:

Research And Write An Article On A Recent Cyber Breach (Concepts)


Perform A TCP Port Scan Using Nmap (Novice)


Write a Password Policy (Novice)


Enrolment and Fees



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


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.

  • Windows machine
  • Web browser

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MCSI Method™?

Common Questions

  • Are solutions included in certifications and bundles?
    • No. Our method of teaching cyber security consists of challenging you with real-world problem statements that you're expected to research and solve by doing your own research. This is how you'll be expected to work in the field. When you fail an exercise, we provide you with constructive feedback to improve and try again.
  • Do the videos provides the answers to exercises?
    • No. The videos teach concepts, mindset, methodologies, procedures and professional skills such as report writing, interviewing and preparing proposals.
  • Do bundles, training content, or certificates ever expire? Am I expected to buy again in the future?
    • Once purchased, bundles and certificates are unlocked forever. They are no recurring or ongoing fees.
  • Do I need to buy the training and the certification separately?
    • No. The price provided covers both. You only pay once.
  • Do you offer any special offers and discounts?
    • No.
  • If I can't solve the exercise where do I go for help?
  • Who reviews and marks exercises?
    • Trained cyber security instructors that work for Mossé Cyber Security Institute.
  • We can't pay via credit card. Can you raise an invoice for international wire payment instead?
    • Yes. Send us the list of bundles and certifications you want to purchase at [email protected]
  • Can I access a trial/demo the certification programmes prior to enrolling?
    • We provide a free curriculum with 82 practical exercises you can try.
    • The Free Curriculum teaches Security Tools, Penetration Testing, Red Teaming, Threat Hunting, Cyber Defence, GRC and Windows Internals.
    • Try the Free Curriculum
  • What is an `Unofficial Curriculum`?
    • An `Unofficial Curriculum` contains MCSI's practical exercises aligned to a non-MCSI Industry Certification syllabus.
    • We offer unofficial curriculums for the OSCP, ISACA CISA, ISACA CISM, ISACA CRISC, CCT ICE, CCSAS, CCT ACE.
  • Do you provide Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits?
    • Yes. Every single exercise offers CPE credits. The number of credits earned depends on the difficulty of the exercise completed. Below are the CPE Credits achieve for an exercise in each difficulty:
    • Novice exercises = 1 CPE credits
    • Advanced Beginner exercises = 2 CPE credits
    • Competent exercises = 5 CPE credits
    • Proficient exercises= 8 CPE credits
    • Beyond Proficient exercises = 16 CPE credits
  • Are MCSI courses/certifications recognized and have value outside of Australia?
    • Yes. MCSI certifications have value worldwide and are recognized by employers looking for individuals with practical cyber security skills.
    • MCSI's training is 100% practical with real cybersecurity problems designed to teach immediately applicable skills in the field. To solve our practical exercises, students must do their own research and develop their own solutions.
    • While completing exercises, students also develop their own comprehensive cybersecurity portfolio of skills. Individuals use this portfolio to demonstrate their cybersecurity competencies to solve real industry problems to future employers or hiring managers.
  • Do I need to complete an exam to receive MCSI Certification?
    • No. MCSI Certifications are completed by solving practical cybersecurity exercises.

Career Outcomes

Students who have successfully achieved their MICS Certification from MCSI can apply for winter/summer internships worldwide with the confidence that they have the competencies the industry is seeking.

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

With this Certification training you will be fully capable of performing the following:

  • Open-source intelligence
    • Google
    • Bing
    • Facebook
  • Reconnaissance
    • Certificate transparency logs
    • Github source code leaks
    • Shodan
    • Whois
  • Discovering attacks
    • Typo-squatting
    • Phishing websites
    • Malware samples
  • Operational security
    • Safe port-scanning
    • Safe nslookup
    • Safe HTTP requests
  • Penetration testing
    • Directory and file enumeration
    • Port scanning with NMAP
    • Domain and subdomain enumeration
  • Governance, Risk and Compliance
    • Risk matrix
    • Password policy
    • IT assets inventory
    • Security awareness posters

Why MCSI’s MICS Curriculum is World Class

why MCSI certifications

Comprehensive, Effective, Exceeds Standards

Holders of the MICS Certificate of Completion have completed 75 practical online exercises thus demonstrating that they have entry-level skills and knowledge in the following areas: OSINT, domain enumeration, operational security, network reconnaissance, port scanning, YARA and GRC.

why MCSI certifications

Practical, Field-Based

Students must complete hands-on challenges that have been inspired from real-life investigations.


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