Certified CyberDefender

Blue team & SOC analyst certification

CCD 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.

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Become a Cybersecurity Analyst

Elevate your cyber defense capabilities with the Certified CyberDefender (CCD) certification. CCD training provides mastery of essential skills to become a SOC Analyst, with over 25 hands-on labs, readying you to address modern cyber defense challenges. This certification not only validates your skills but also distinguishes you as a competent blue team security professional capable of investigating and preventing intrusions.

Practical Skills, Lasting Access

What makes this SOC analyst certification different

Investigate real-life security incidents.

100% Practical Exam

The exam spans 48 hours, focusing on practical skills; simulating real-world investigations.

Earn Up to 40 CPE Credits

Qualify for up to 40 CPE credits for your GIAC/SANS, EC-Council, and (ISC)² certifications.

Student Discount

Use your .edu email to claim your student discount. Start learning, and begin building a successful career!

Two Exam Attempts Included

Approach the exam with confidence, as we offer two free attempts. If needed, you can purchase additional attempts.


Advance your career in security operations

Unlock your potential as a security analyst with personalized guidance and comprehensive learning materials.

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Completion certificate awarded on course completion

400+ Lessons, Videos, and Quizzes

Dive into a wealth of learning materials. Find the learning style that suits you best.

Career Mentorship

Ideal for all aspiring SOC analysts aiming to reach their full potential.

Self-Paced Learning

Study at your own pace. You have four months before your first exam attempt.

Buy Now, Start Later

Secure your spot now; start within three months of purchase.

Fast-track Your Career with CCD Certification

Is the CCD Blue Team Certification Right for You?

Whether you're starting out or are well-established in security operations, our training serves as your stepping stone to mastering blue team skills.

Who Will Get the Most from CCD

Cyber security analysts, SOC analysts, incident responders, threat hunters, and DFIR professionals.

Enrollment Prerequisites

A solid background in Windows and Linux, system administration, networks, and security concepts.

Personalized Manual Grading

Instructors grade submissions, focusing on your analytical abilities, not just your answers.

Supercharge Your Research Skills

Cultivate a robust analytical problem-solving and persistent mindset, equipping you to effectively tackle any challenge in a real SOC.

Over 25 Cyber Security Labs

Hands-On Blue Team Labs

Gain the required hands-on experience to land your first cybersecurity job.

Practical Skills

Learn security operations fundamentals, SIEMs, DFIR, threat hunting, and malware analysis.

Learn Security Tools

Master Velociraptor, WireShark, CyberChef, Nessus, Yara, Suricata, Zeek, FTK Imager, Sysmon, Kape, and much more.

Realistic On-the-Job Experience

Designed to mirror real-life experiences within a security operations center, enhancing your hands-on expertise.

Real World Lab
Learn the skills necessary to become a professional SOC Analyst

Blue Team Certification Syllabus

Explore CCD certification training scope

SecOps Fundamentals

Incident Response

Email Security

Evidence Collection

Disk DFIR

Memory DFIR

Threat Hunting

Malware Analysis

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Frequently asked questions, answered.

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What does the CCD exam look like?

The exam is 100% practical. It will evaluate your technical skills across the following domains; threat hunting, perimeter defense, disk forensics, memory forensics, and network forensics. You will use Elastic SIEM to hunt threats and investigate a real-world intrusion, create an incident timeline, and analyze attack artifacts using digital forensics tools.

Is there a prerequisite certification or work experience?

No, we do not require specific certifications or work experience. We have certified individuals ranging from college students with no prior work experience to seasoned L3 SOC analysts. The only requirement is having the right mindset—a dedicated commitment to enhance your problem-solving and analytical skills.

How much time should I dedicate to studying CCD?

We suggest allocating 2-3 hours daily for CCD. With this focused study time, you can complete the course in under two months. However, it's important to note that the actual duration may vary from person to person based on individual experience and learning style.

Does the CCD Certification expire?

No, the CCD Certification does not expire. CCD focuses on developing a mindset that equips individuals with the skills to handle similar experiences in the future. We believe the core skills and perspectives gained through our certification are enduring, making the need for renewal unnecessary.

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