By completing this Certification, you will learn fundamental network and endpoint security techniques that will successfully prevent cyber adversaries from breaching into small and medium size IT environments.
This course is ideal for aspiring junior security engineers that wish to acquire practical skills that can benefit a vast number of organizations.
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 - Network Security Essentials:
Develop information security registers, policies, procedures and checklists
Perform network reconnaissance and scan for network vulnerabilities
Harden legacy Microsoft Windows operating systems
Harden Windows 10 and Microsoft Office
Deploy network-wide security countermeasures using GPOs
Information Security Governance Concepts - 10 exercises
Risk Management Concepts - 10 exercises
Incident Response Concepts - 10 exercises
Practical GRC Exercises - 10 exercises
Information Security Policies and Procedures - 5 exercises
Lab Setup - 3 exercises
Network Reconnaissance - 5 exercises
Network Vulnerability Scanning - 10 exercises
Windows Security Tools - 5 exercises
Windows Vulnerability Enumeration - 5 exercises
Hardening Legacy Windows Versions - 10 exercises
Windows 10 Hardening - 5 exercises
Microsoft Office Hardening - 2 exercises
Lab Setup - 2 exercises
Large-Scale Network Security - 7 exercises
Challenges - 2 exercises
Below are three (3) exercises from the 100+ exercises available in MNSE - Network Security Essentials:
Write A PS Script To Turn On Hyper-V (Novice)
Write A PS Script To List Missing Security Patches (Novice)
Write A PS Script To Detect When A Windows Domain Has More Than 5 Domain Admins (Advanced Beginner)
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.
We recommend that you have some experience in writing PowerShell scripts prior to registering for this course.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the MCSI Method™?
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 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 you offer any special offers and discounts?
If I can't solve the exercise where do I go for help?
We have an online forum where you can ask questions and our team of professional instructors will help you out.
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.
This certification successfully prepares you for the following
Network Security Engineer
Training Curriculum and Certifications
Students unlock Certificates of Completion for every exercise they complete. Industry Certifications are unlocked upon achieving Skills Proficiency Milestones.
After completing MNSE Network Security Essentials you will be fully capable of performing the following:
Apply fundamental Governance, Risk and Compliance techniques in the enterprise:
Performing Gap Assessments
Using RASI charts
Proposing multiple ways to manage cyber risks
Developing a Risk Register
Undertaking a Cyber Maturity Survey
Creating checklists for Information Security Audits
Developing Information Security policies and procedures
Performing network reconnaissance and vulnerability scanning:
Discovering insecure domains and sub-domains
Passively mapping out an organization's Internet-facing attack surface
Scanning machines with Metasploit, NMAP and OpenVAS
Enumerating vulnerabilities on Windows machines:
Missing security patches
Privilege escalation vulnerabilities
Insecure administration access
Hardening Windows operating systems:
Insecure legacy network services
Deploying application whitelisting
Protecting legacy desktop and server applications
Securing Windows 10
Hardening Microsoft Office
Large-scale network security:
Deploying network-wide security countermeasures using GPOs
Developing ELK filters to detect intrusions
Why MCSI’s Network Security Essentials Curriculum is World Class
Comprehensive, Effective, Exceeds Standards
Holders of the MNSE Certification have completed 100 practical online exercises demonstrating that they have the skills and knowledge required to deploy network security controls in small and medium size IT environments. Students take an average of 3 months to complete these exercises.
Students who have obtained this Certification have demonstrated that they can write PowerShell scripts and GPOs to deploy Windows hardening controls, as well as use Microsoft native tools such as AppLocker and EMET to secure legacy operating systems. They can defend Windows networks without relying on commercial products.
Augmented with GRC
This Certification also imparts fundamental Governance, Risk and Compliance concepts and techniques to transform the Information Security of organizations from the top-down. Students that have completed this training can write policies, procedures and checklists. They can also develop and maintain a Risk Register.