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MCSI Certification

MTH - Certified Threat Hunter

An MCSI qualified professional Threat Hunter Teamer is capable of delivering threat hunting engagements in large-scale Windows networks.

Students who have successfully achieved their MTH Certification from MCSI can apply for Cyber Threat Hunter jobs worldwide with the confidence that they have the competencies that the industry is seeking.

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Intermediate Level MCSI Certification Intermediate
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ic-clock 600+ hours
cpe-points 208
ic-money US$450
No Expiry, No Renewals

Overview

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 Certified Threat Hunter:

  • Capture digital forensics artefacts in large-scale enterprise networks and index them for threat hunting
  • Hunt for cyber adversaries that have bypassed/avoided/defeated enterprise security solutions using Python and YARA
  • Rapidly analyse suspicious binaries to confirm whether they are malware or not
  • Align your approach and methodology to the MITRE ATT&CK Matrix
  • Practice threat hunting against thousands of machines and gigabytes worth of malware samples

Curriculum

Training Modules

  • Lab setup - 6 exercises
  • Fundamental Skills - 2 exercises
  • Windows Internals Fundamentals - 3 exercises
  • Pandas Fundamentals - 7 exercises
  • Threat Hunting with YARA - 20 exercises
  • Threat Hunting with Pandas - 16 exercises
  • Digital Forensics and Incident Response - 11 exercises
  • Memory Forensics - 5 exercises
  • Malware Analysis - 7 exercises
  • Capability Development - 13 exercises
  • Threat Hunting Simulations - 10 exercises

Sample Exercises

Below are three (3) exercises from the 100+ exercises available in MTH - Certified Threat Hunter:

Write A YARA Rule That Identifies Binaries Compiled In The Last 24 hours (Novice)

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Write A Query To Search For Signs Of Lateral Movement (Advanced Beginner)

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Build A MultiThreaded Python Tool To Convert A Redline Outputs To Parquet At Scale (Competent)

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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

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

Terms and Conditions

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

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 software programming prior to registering for this course.

The preferred programming language for this course is Python.

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 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?
    • 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 roles:

  • Cyber Threat Hunter
  • Security Operations Centre (SOC) Analyst
  • Threat Detection Analyst
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.

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Receive help from instructors online

MCSI's MTH certification covers all six levels of the Australian Signals Directorate's Cyber Skills Framework. You will achieve a certificate upon reaching each level. You will earn an industry certification at Level 5. Click here to learn more.

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

As an MCSI Certified Threat Hunter you will be fully capable of performing the following:

  • Capture digital forensics logs in large-scale computer networks
    • Using open-source tools to capture snapshots of workstations and servers
    • Capturing the physical memory (RAM)
    • Capturing Windows Event Logs
    • Configuring Windows systems to log key security event courses for digital forensics purposes
    • Extracting malicious payloads from Microsoft Office and PDF documents
    • Knowledge of the key Windows components: processes, registry keys, services, scheduled tasks, event logs, etc.
  • Use Python to hunt for indicators of compromise at scale
    • 15 practical threat hunting exercises of various difficulties: novice, advanced beginner, competent and proficient
    • Hundreds of IOCs to detect across the entire MITRE ATT&CK Matrix:
    • Initial Entry
    • Execution
    • Persistence
    • Privilege Escalation
    • Defence Evasion
    • Credential Access
    • Discovery
    • Lateral Movement
    • Collection
    • Command and Control
    • Exfiltration
  • Use YARA to hunt for malicious binaries at scale
    • Build a “goodware” dataset and a malware dataset
    • Learn how to use YARA’s professionally and many of its pattern matching techniques
    • Detect obfuscated binaries
    • Detect exploits, vulnerabilities, shellcode and zero-days
    • Identify new malware samples based on features
    • Increase the speed of incident response
    • Build your own private anti-virus software using retro-hunting
  • Perform deep-dive digital forensics investigations and write rapid incident response reports
    • Investigating suspicious SSH tunnels
    • Investigating privilege escalation attacks
    • Detecting persistence techniques and entries
    • Investigating multiple password dumping attack techniques

Testimonials

Why MCSI’s Threat Hunter Certification is World Class

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Comprehensive, Effective, Exceeds Standards

Holders of the MTH Certification have completed 100 practical online exercises thus demonstrating that they have the skills and knowledge required to perform professional threat hunting engagements in any network environment – no matter the scale. Students take an average of 6 months to complete these exercises.

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Data Science Focused

Students who have obtained this Certification have demonstrated that they have a full understanding of the threat hunting process and methodology using data science techniques. These techniques are 100% transferable to any enterprise security solution.

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Programming Oriented

Many of the challenges that students must pass to obtain this certification require students to write software in Python, YARA and PowerShell. This guarantees that threat hunter certified by MCSI understand how exactly how threat hunting works and do not solely require on automated tools.

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