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CERT Incident Response Process Professional Certificate

Detect and Respond to Computer Security Threats and Attacks

Earning this certificate prepares you to be a member of a computer security incident response team (CSIRT). You study incident handling and common and emerging attacks that target a variety of operating systems and architectures. You also study other topics related to incident handling, including detecting various types of malicious activity, performing artifact analysis, and coordinating responses to reported vulnerabilities.

Benefits of the CERT Incident Response Process Professional Certificate

The first course in the certificate provides an introduction to the main incident handling tasks and critical thinking skills that help incident handlers perform their jobs. The second course addresses commonly used and emerging attacks that target a variety of operating systems and architectures. Both courses incorporate interactive construction, facilitated discussions, practical group exercises, and role playing.

This certificate is designed to provide insight into the type and nature of work that an incident handler may perform. It also helps organizations train their CSIRT staff so they can benchmark their CSIRT processes and skill sets against best practices, encourage teamwork, and improve communication.

After completing the certificate, participants may choose to be listed on the SEI website as an SEI Certificate Holder.

Who Should Get This Credential?

  • CSIRT technical personnel who are familiar with Internet services and protocols as well as basic programming concepts
  • system and network administrators responsible for identifying and responding to security incidents

Term and Renewal

The CERT Incident Response Process Professional Certificate does not expire.

Summary of Fees

Participants pay fees for courses; there is no additional fee for the certificate.

Organizations considering this training for a group of students can take advantage of eLearning group discounts or schedule a private, instructor-led, onsite training delivery. Email or telephone +1 412-268-1817 for details.

How to Earn the Certificate

To earn this certificate, complete the following courses within two years:

To request your SEI Professional Certificate, contact and identify the certificate program you have completed. After we verify your credentials, we email your certificate within four business days.

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Training courses provided by the SEI are not academic courses for academic credit toward a degree. Any certificates provided are evidence of the completion of the courses and are not official academic credentials. For more information about SEI training courses, see Registration Terms and Conditions and Confidentiality of Course Records.