The Certified Security Operations Manager (CSOM) from Security Blue Team, built by experienced security leaders across military, finance, telecommunications, healthcare, and managed security industries, CSOM has been designed to provide established or aspiring security managers with the knowledge they need to develop a high-performing security operations team.

Covers the following 4 domains:

Understanding Modern Security Operations

Building a Security Operations Centre

Capability and Function Development

Metrics, Maturity, and Measuring Success




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Because of the nature of this certification, we only permit certain students to become fully certified, however anyone can take the training course. Only candidates with 2 years of security operations or related experience will be permitted to take the exams.
CSOM is aimed at security professionals with 2+ years experience in security operations or a similar discipline. Roles that we believe would benefit from this course include:
  • Senior Security Analysts
  • Security Managers
  • SOC Managers
  • Heads of Security Operations
  • Directors of Security Operations
  • Consultants
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CSOM is designed to forge technical managers that already have experience and exposure to security operations. CSOM will develop you in both management principles and technical skills. Below are some examples of the skills and experience you will gain.

  • Understand modern security operations across on-premise and cloud environments.
  • Conduct static digital forensics and incident response to collect key artifacts for investigations.
  • Understand and perform threat modelling and detection engineering to deploy a SIEM with relevant rules and alerting functionality.
  • Understand the different sub-teams a security operations team could contain, and how each of them operates, and what value they bring to the organization.
  • Demonstrate how to continuously assess the team to demonstrate increasing maturity and business offerings.

And much more!

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1. Welcome to CSOM

Modern Security Operations

2. Domain Introduction

3. Business Objectives, Legal Enablers, and Considerations

4. Security Operations Teams

5. Operational Environments

6. Cyber Threat Hunting

Building a Security Operations Centre

7. Domain Introduction

8. Threat Modelling

9. Building Your Team

10. SIEM & Detection Engineering

11. Case Management

12. Other Tooling & Administration

13. Processes and Policies

Capability Development

14. Domain Introduction

15. Incident Response

16. Threat Intelligence

17. Vulnerability Management

18. Digital Forensics

19. Malware Analysis

20. Threat Hunting

Metrics, Maturity, and Measuring Success

21. Domain Introduction

22. SOC Maturity Models

23. Operationalizing MITRE ATT&CK

24. Purple Team Engagements

25. Deception and Active Defense

26. Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response

27. Reporting and Metrics

28. Security Research and Presentation

29. Retaining Talent

30. Additional Activities

CSOM Exam Preparation

31. Theory Exam Format

32. Practical Exam Format

33. Preparation Tips

Content subject to change prior to release.

Approx 250 lessons, 15 labs

*To be eligible to take the CSOM exam, students must provide sufficient evidence of at least two years full-time experience working in a defensive cybersecurity role. Students are able to take and go through the course with any level of experience, however to become CSOM certified, this requirement must be met.

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What's included

  • Exam included
  • Online exam voucher
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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.

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