Blue Team Training Platform for
SOC Analysts and DFIR

CyberDefenders is a blue team training platform focused on the defensive side of cybersecurity to learn, validate, and advance CyberDefense skills.

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Newest Course

Certified CyberDefender (CCD) Certification - CCD is a vendor-neutral, hands-on cyber defense training and certification. This course will jumpstart and empower those on their way to becoming the next generation of defenders and SOC analysts.

Newest Lab

Reveal - Instructions: Uncompress the lab (pass: Scenario: As a cybersecurity analyst for a leading financial institution, an alert from your SIEM solution has flagged unusual activity on an internal workstation. Given the sensitive financial data at risk, immediate action is required to prevent potential breaches. Your task is to delve into the provided memory dump from the compromised system. You need to identify basic Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) and determine the extent of the intrusion. Investigate the malicious commands or files executed in the environment, and report your findings in detail to aid in remediation and enhance future defenses. Tools: Volatility 3

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Enhance your cyberdefense skills with our blue team labs and real-world scenarios.

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We do not use jargons like 'cutting-edge', 'game-changing', and 'revolutionary'. We respect our users and trust their judgment.

More value

If we were to describe what we are trying to do in simple words, it would be 'solving defenders problems' one problem at a time, providing straightforward yet reliable solutions.

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Frequently asked questions

What is CyberDefenders?

CyberDefenders is a blue team training platform focused on the defensive side of cybersecurity, aiming to provide a place for SOC analysts, threat hunters, and DFIR professionals to practice and validate their skills and acquire the ones they need.

  • CCD Certification: A one-time payment program offering a rigorous certification program with predefined labs and lessons. Designed for SOC analysts and blue teams to master key DFIR and CyberDefense techniques, it culminates in a 48-hour hands-on exam. Successful candidates earn the title of Certified Cyber Defender.
  • BlueYard Pro: A cyber range subscription service granting users continuous access to an evolving landscape of exclusive labs. New labs are added weekly to simulate emerging security threats and are separate from those in the CCD program.

Choose CCD for structured training and certification; pick BlueYard Pro for ongoing, dynamic lab experiences.

Certified CyberDefender CCD certification is a vendor-neutral, hands-on blue team cybersecurity training and certification program. It prepares the next generation of SOC analysts, security blue teams, threat hunters, and DFIR (Digital Forensics and Incident Response) professionals.

BlueYard is a self-guided, high-quality blue team labs and challenges.

They are blue team exercises meant to provide a way to practice CyberDefense skills. They come in different formats, such as attack investigation (SIEM style), PCAP analysis, memory analysis....etc. Each lab has its scenario and a list of questions. Answering questions correctly requires going through an investigation scenario, analyzing data, and extracting the right piece of information. They can be played on the cloud locally.

Red Team vs. Blue Team in Cybersecurity

What is a red team?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines a red team as “a group of people authorized and organized to emulate a potential adversary's attack or exploitation capabilities against an enterprise's security posture.” The red team plays the part of the attacker or competitor with the intention of identifying vulnerabilities in a system.

Red team activities

When you're part of a red team, you're tasked with thinking like a hacker in order to breach an organization's security (with their permission). Some common red team activities include:

  • Social engineering.
  • Penetration testing
  • Intercepting communication
  • Card cloning
  • Making recommendations to blue team for security improvements

What is a blue team?

NIST defines a blue team as “the group responsible for defending an enterprise's use of information systems by maintaining its security posture against a group of mock attackers.” If the red team is playing offense, the blue team is playing defense to protect an organization's critical assets.

Blue team activities

As a blue team member, it's your job to analyze the current security posture of your organization and take measures to address flaws and vulnerabilities. Playing for the blue team also means monitoring for breaches and responding to them when they do occur. Some of these tasks include:

  • Digital footprint analysis
  • DNS audits
  • Installing and configuring firewalls and endpoint security software
  • Monitoring network activity
  • Using least-privilege access

How to become certified in cyber security?

Definition and Importance of Cybersecurity Certification

Cybersecurity certification is a way for individuals to showcase their expertise in particular areas within the field. This formal credential, usually obtained by passing an exam, may also have experience requirements. Although not mandatory to get a job, certifications can promote career advancement and lead to higher salaries.

Certification Process and Requirements

  • To gain certification, candidates typically must pass a test, either theoretical or practical.
  • Some certifications require professional experience.
  • You may be required to compile a report on your findings.

Certifications for Various Levels

  • Advanced Cybersecurity Certifications
    • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
    • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
    • Certified CyberDefender (CCD)
  • Cybersecurity Certifications for Beginners
    • Security+
    • GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF)
    • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)

Each of these caters to a different aspect of cybersecurity and can aid in pursuing specialized roles.

Expected Timelines and Typical Costs

  • The time to earn certifications varies; some only require taking an exam (a few hours), while preparation and experience requirements extend this period significantly.
  • Costs range from $250 to ~$980, with hands-on lab exams possibly exceeding $1,500.

The Benefits of Earning a Cybersecurity Certification

Obtaining a cybersecurity certification helps both established and aspiring professionals by:

  • Increasing job opportunities and standing out in the job market.
  • Potentially leading to specific entry-level jobs even for beginners.
  • Assisting established professionals in advancing to roles like CISO.

Cybersecurity Certification VS. Degree

The choice between certification and a degree depends on the desired role, financial and time investments, and career goals. Degrees are typically favored for roles that require more extensive education, while certifications can supplement those qualifications or serve as an entry point into the industry.

Best cyber security blue team online training

Benefits of Online Blue Team Training

Online training offers unparalleled flexibility, allowing aspiring blue team professionals to learn at their own pace. Blue team training platforms provide access to virtual labs where learners engage with real-world scenarios, simulating cyber attacks and defense mechanisms.

Participants acquire knowledge of the latest tools and techniques essential for effective blue team operations. Moreover, such training is cost-effective compared to traditional in-person sessions and often includes opportunities to earn certifications that bolster career advancement.

Selecting the Best Provider of Online Training

If you want to become an expert in blue teaming skills like incident response, threat hunting, and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM), choosing the right provider is essential.

Practical exercises and hands-on labs are essential components of courses that help learners apply their skills in real-world scenarios. Options for certification are also essential for validating expertise and boosting professional reputation.

In order to be sure that a training program aligns with their learning objectives, look for respectable training providers who are well-known in the field.

Tips for Success in Online Blue Team Training

In order to get the most out of online training, participants must actively participate and make use of the resources that are offered. The offered labs and practical exercises should be thoroughly utilized by participants as they are essential for developing practical cyber defense skills.

Participating in competitive challenges such as capture the flag competitions enhances the learning process by putting skills to the test and encouraging problem-solving in continually evolving settings.

Getting certified adds a great deal of value to your professional profile and shows employers that you're dedicated and knowledgeable.