CERT - Software Engineering Institute

CERT - Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH)


Credential: CERT - Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: CERT - Software Engineering Institute

Renewal Period: 3 years

The CERT-Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH) certification program is targeted to computer network incident handling professionals, computer security incident response team (CSIRT) members and technical staff, system and network administrators with incident handling experience, incident handling trainers and educators, and cyber security technical staff. One or more years of experience in incident handling and/or equivalent security-related experience.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

CERT - Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 1 year
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

CERT - Software Engineering Institute

4500 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15212-2612

Phone: (412) 268-7090

Fax: (412) 268-6989
Email: info@sei.cmu.edu

Candidates must have one or more years of experience in incident handling and/or equivalent security-related experience.

The CERT - Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH) credential has the following other requirements:

  • Candidates for CSIH must submit an application with a current resume and a Certification Recommendation Form. Applicants may take the exam only after notification of acceptance.

Written Exam

  • Protect Infrastructure (7%)
    • Assist constituents with correcting problems identified by vulnerability scanning activities
    • Implement changes to the computing infrastructure (to stop or mitigate an ongoing incident, to stop or mitigate the potential exploitation of a vulnerability, or as a result of postmortem reviews or other process improvement mechanisms)
    • Provide constituents with guidance in best practices for protecting their systems and networks
  • Event/Incident Detection (17%)
    • Monitor networks and information systems for security
    • Analyze the data or indicators from the networks and systems being monitored
    • Enter event/incident reports received from the constituency into the incident management knowledgebase
    • Collect incident data and intrusion artifacts (e.g., malware, logs) to enable mitigation of incidents
    • Perform initial, forensically sound collection of images for forensic analysis and investigation
    • Identify missing data or additional sources of information and artifacts
    • Analyze intrusion artifacts and malware (e.g., malware, source code, Trojan horse programs) to understand their purpose and/or to identify the specific vulnerability
  • Triage and Analysis (28%)
    • Categorize events using the organization's standard category definitions
    • Perform correlation analysis on event reports to determine if there is affinity between two or more events
    • Prioritize events (includes determining scope, urgency, and potential impact)
    • Assign events for further analysis, response, or disposition/closure
    • Determine cause and symptoms of the incident
    • Perform vulnerability analysis
    • Determine the risk, threat level, or business impact of a confirmed incident
  • Respond (40%)
    • Develop an incident response strategy and plan to limit incident effect and to repair incident damage
    • Perform real-time incident response tasks (e.g., direct system remediation) to support deployable incident response teams
    • Determine the risk of continuing operations
    • Change passwords
    • Improve defenses
    • Remove the cause of the incident
    • Validate the system
    • Identify relevant stakeholders that need to be contacted or that may have a vested interest or vital role in communications about an organizational incident
    • Identify the appropriate communications protocols and channels (media and message) for each type of stakeholder
    • Coordinate, integrate, and lead team responses with other internal groups (e.g., IT, management, compliance, legal, human resources), according to applicable policies and procedures
    • Provide notification service to other constituents (e.g., write and publish guidance or reports on incident findings) to enable constituents to protect their assets and/or detect similar incidents
    • Report and coordinate incidents with appropriate external organizations or groups in accordance with organizational guidelines, policies, and procedures
    • Serve as technical experts and liaisons to law enforcement personnel (e.g., to explain incident details, provide testimony)
    • Track and document incidents from initial detection through final resolution
    • Assign and label data/information according to the appropriate class or category of sensitivity
    • Collect and retain information on all events/incidents in support of future analytical efforts and situational awareness
    • Enter information (shift change transitions, current state of activity) into an operations log or record of daily operational activity
  • Sustain (8%)
    • Perform risk assessments on incident management systems and networks
    • Run vulnerability scanning tools on incident management systems and networks

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the CERT - Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the CERT - Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the CERT - Software Engineering Institute testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

CERT - Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The CERT - Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH) credential has the following recertification information:

  • CSIH certifications are valid for three years. Renewal requirements are listed on the CSIH renewal webpage.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current year, no arrears will be paid. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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