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.
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.
- MSAF-101: Virtualization Fundamentals - 9 exercises
- MSAF-102: Networking Fundamentals - 4 exercises
- MSAF-201: Windows System Security and Administration - Part 1 - 7 exercises
- MSAF-202: Windows System Security and Administration - Part 2 - 9 exercises
- MSAF-203: Windows System Security and Administration - Part 3 - 8 exercises
- MSAF-204: Firewall Fundamentals - 6 exercises
- MSAF-301: System Security and Administration: Linux - 5 exercises
- MSAF-302: Backups and Recovery and Restoration 101 - 10 exercises
- MSAF-303: Introduction to Troubleshooting - 2 exercises
- MSAF-401: Linux Server 101 - General - 9 exercises
- MSAF-402: Linux Server 101 - Networking - 5 exercises
- MSAF-403: Linux Server 101 - Hardening - 8 exercises
Cyber professionals must be ready for everything. The typical security training strategy, which focuses on individual skills and tools, is insufficient. You must be able to operate as part of a team, see the big picture, and respond swiftly and effectively to unforeseen circumstances. That's why, as part of our training, we use replays of whole cyber missions. Our scenarios help you prepare for the demands of the job and give you confidence in your ability to work professionally.
- MSAF-SC-01: Windows Server 101 - 12 exercises
- MSAF-SC-02: Introduction to Exchange Server Administration - 10 exercises
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.
Obtain CPE points by solving exercises
Achieve multiple certifications
Receive help from instructors online
MCSI's MSAF certification covers three (3) levels of the Australian Signals Directorate's Cyber Skills Framework. You will obtain a certificate upon reaching each level. Click here to learn more.
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|MCSI System Administration Learner
|MCSI Novice System Administrator
|MCSI System Administration Practitioner
This certification aligns with the following career pathways:
Certifications are important tools to validate your skills and knowledge. They can provide you with the credentials you need to get ahead in your career.
There are many reasons why a person should select certifications that teach practical skills over an open-book theory exam. Hands-on experience is crucial in many industries, and theory exams cannot replace the real-world application of skills. Furthermore, practical skills are often more marketable than theoretical knowledge, and can help a person secure a job in their desired field. Finally, practical skills can provide a foundation for further learning, while theory exams may only teach limited information. In conclusion, selecting a certification that teaches practical skills is the best way to ensure success in today's competitive job market.
Below are three (3) exercises from the 100+ exercises available in MSAF - System Administration Fundamentals:
Create A Firewall Rule To Allow And Deny Traffic To Specific Ports (Novice)
Share A Directory Over A Network Using NFS And Use The Local Firewall To Only Allow Whitelisted IP Addresses To Access IT (Novice)
Simulate A Real-World Server Migration By Converting A VMware Virtual Machine To An AWS EC2 Instance Using The Server Migration Service (Advanced Beginner)
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.
Click here to see an example of personalized feedback.
To read a student's testimony about MCSI's feedback, click here.
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.
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:
Do you support older operating systems?
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
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.
No formal professional experience in IT required.
Some basic skills that we recommend you obtain prior to attempting this course:
- Ability to install and uninstall software
- Ability to use search engines to research IT documentation
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.