Certification Programmes

MCSI Certification

MNSE - Network Security Essentials

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.

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Intermediate Level MCSI Certification Beginner
ic-certificate Certification
ic-clock 300+ hours
cpe-points 115
ic-money US$450
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 - 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


Training Modules

  • Lab Setup - 1 exercises
  • 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

Sample 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)


Enrolment and 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

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

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

Cooling-Off Policy

Receive a full refund if you change your mind about a purchase within 24 hours. No questions asked.

Read the full details here.


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.

Programming Skills

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™?

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

This certification successfully prepares you for the following role:

  • Network Security Engineer
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


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MCSI's MNSE certification covers three 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
MCSI Network Security Learner Level 1 30%
MCSI Network Security Novice Level 2 60%
MCSI Certified Network Security Essentials (Practitioner) Level 3 90%

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
    • Hardening PowerShell
    • 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

why MCSI certifications

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.

why MCSI certifications

OS Focused

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.

why MCSI certifications

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.


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