OffSec’s CyberCore – Security Essentials (SEC-100) equips learners with the essential knowledge and hands-on skills needed to launch a successful career in cybersecurity. This comprehensive course covers basic offensive and defensive techniques, networking, scripting, application and operating system security, and business-related skills.

Upon successful completion of the training and demanding hands-on, proctored exam (included with the course), learners earn the OffSec CyberCore Certified (OSCC SEC-100) certification. This certification validates expertise in essential cybersecurity domains, making certified professionals’ attractive candidates for entry-level cybersecurity positions.

Kickstart your cybersecurity career with in-demand skills

  • Launch your cybersecurity career with OffSec SEC-100: CyberCore Security Essentials

  • Gain the skills employer’s demand. Master the fundamentals of cybersecurity through hands-on labs and expert-led instruction. This course equips you with the practical knowledge to excel in entry-level cybersecurity roles.

Validate your expertise with an industry-recognised certification created by experts in the field

  • The OSCC SEC-100 certification proves your mastery of essential cybersecurity domains, making you a standout candidate in a competitive job market.

Open doors to a rewarding career

  • Cybersecurity professionals are in high demand. With SEC-100: CyberCore – Security Essentials, you’ll unlock opportunities in penetration testing, security analysis, incident response, and more.

Invest in your future

  • Whether you’re new to IT or looking to specialize in cybersecurity, the OSCC SEC-100 certification is your stepping stone to a fulfilling and lucrative career securing the future.
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There are no prerequisites for this course.

However, basic computer literacy, familiarity with operating systems, and a willingness to learn are recommended. The course is designed for individuals new to cybersecurity, including recent graduates and IT professionals seeking to transition into cybersecurity roles. It provides a comprehensive foundation in essential cybersecurity concepts and hands-on skills.

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Upon completing SEC-100: CyberCore – Security Essentials and successfully passing the OSCC SEC-100 exam, you’ll gain a strong foundation in:

  • Cybersecurity fundamentals and frameworks
  • Offensive and defensive security techniques
  • Basic scripting and network security
  • System administration and hardening
  • Practical skills for entry-level cybersecurity roles

This course will open doors to exciting cybersecurity roles.

  • Cybersecurity Analyst
    • Monitor systems for security threats, analyse security incidents, and recommend solutions to enhance security posture.
  • Junior Penetration Tester
    • Perform basic penetration tests on web applications and networks, identifying vulnerabilities and recommending remediation steps.
  • Security Operations Center (SOC) Analyst
    • Work in a SOC environment, monitoring security alerts, investigating potential threats, and escalating incidents as needed.
  • IT Security Specialist
    • Support IT teams in implementing security measures, managing security tools, and ensuring compliance with security policies.
  • Security Consultant (Junior Level)
    • Assist senior consultants in conducting security assessments, providing recommendations for improvement, and implementing security solutions.

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Introduction to CyberCore - Security Essentials

Basic Cybersecurity Information

  • Anatomy of Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Frameworks and Standards
  • Cybersecurity Roles

General Skills

  • Introduction to General Cybersecurity Skills
  • Linux Basics
  • Windows Basics
  • Data Transformation Fundamentals
  • Python Scripting Fundamentals
  • PowerShell Scripting Fundamentals
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Enterprise Network Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Network Firewalls
  • Cloud Computing Fundamentals
  • Background to Contemporary AI
  • Cryptography Fundamentals


  • Introduction to Offensive Cybersecurity Skills
  • Penetration Testing Process
  • Information Gathering and Enumeration
  • Understanding Web Attacks
  • Attacking Endpoints
  • Defense Evasion
  • Offensive Cloud Fundamentals


  • Introduction to Defensive Cybersecurity Skills
  • SOC Management Processes
  • Defensive Security Processes
  • Vulnerability Management
  • Malware Analysis
  • Social Engineering and Phishing
  • Ransomware, DDoS, and Availability
  • Wi-Fi Security
  • Security of Embedded Systems
  • Industrial Control Systems and OT
  • Risk Management in Cybersecurity


  • Introduction to Build Skills for Cybersecurity
  • Software Engineering Security
  • Foundational Input Validation Concepts
  • Cloud Architecture Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Assurance Testing
  • Starting and Developing a Career in Cybersecurity

Certification Exam

SEC-100: CyberCore – Security Essentials includes two exam attempts to be used within 12 months of purchase.

The exam is a proctored, 6-hour hands-on assessment of your foundational cybersecurity knowledge and practical skills. You’ll demonstrate your ability to identify, analyse, and address security issues in a simulated environment, covering offensive, defensive, and system administration tasks.

The exam is divided into three parts: Attack, Defend, and Build. You’ll be tasked with attacking a target system, investigating and defending against an attack, and hardening systems to prevent future vulnerabilities.

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Cyber Security learning paths

Want to boost your career in cyber security? Click on the roles below to see QA's learning pathways, specially designed to give you the skills to succeed.

= Required
= Certification
AI Security
Application Security
Cloud Security
Cyber Blue Team
DFIR Digital Forensics & Incident Response
Industrial Controls & OT Security
Information Security Management
NIST Pathway
Offensive Security
Privacy Professional
Reverse Engineer
Secure Coding
Security Auditor
Security Architect
Security Risk
Cyber Tech Generalist
Vulnerability Assessment & Penetration Testing

Cyber Defensive Operations learning paths

Want to boost your career in Cyber Defensive Operations? View QA's learning pathways below, specially designed to give you the skills to succeed.

= Required
= Certification
Cyber Blue Team
DFIR Digital Forensics & Incident Response
Cyber Tech Generalist

Offensive Cyber Operations learning paths

Want to boost your career in the world of Offensive Cyber Operations? View QA's learning pathway below, specially designed to give you the skills to succeed.

= Required
= Certification
Offensive Security
Vulnerability Assessment & Penetration Testing
Reverse Engineer