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Defender 302: Security Operations and Network Monitoring

  • Duration: 16 hours
  • Delivery Options: Online, In-person, Hybrid

Learn security operations and defensive security, including the basics of Windows, Linux, and network forensics. Key concepts and tools include commercial SIEM, firewalls, and systems monitoring. 

Who should take this course

DEF-302 is designed for cyber and information security professionals looking to improve their defensive skills. It is recommended that participants have at least three to five years of cybersecurity experience or completed the Essential Defender series.

How can you take this course


Available online live with an instructor


Available in-person either at Purdue or at your location.


Available as a combination of online and in-person

What tools you will use

Participants will use industry tools such as Active Directory, QRadar, Palo Alto Firewalls, Zennos, SysInternals, McAfee EPO, and more.

What you can expect from Defender 302: Security Operations and Network Monitoring

DEF 302 focuses on introducing learning to security operations and defensive cybersecurity practices and making them a first line of defense for organizations. Participants are tasked with responding to three cyberattacks with the use of commercial investigation tools. Each participant will practice spotting indicators of compromise, identifying cyberattacks, mitigation, and recovery from an attack. The range instructor will provide a debrief with full details and more techniques on how to respond to network attacks. 

Key Takeaways

For Organizations:

  • Upskill current workforce  
  • Get hands-on with industry tools in virtual labs.
  • Perfect for I.T. team expanding responsibilities 

For Individuals:

  • Gain an understanding of network traffic.
  • Learn industry tools in virtual labs.
  • Taught remotely or in-person


While DEF-302 is recommended for teams, it can be taken as an individual. The course is taught through three instructor-led Purdue Cyber Range scenarios over the course of two days.  

Purdue Cyber Range is a virtual testing ground that allows individuals and teams to experience both defensive and offensive cyberattack scenarios. Each scenario is overseen by a Range Master, ensuring your team's experience is as educational as possible. 

Course Topics

Network Monitoring: Learn the basics and advanced techniques for monitoring and protecting complex networks.  

Incident Response: Understand the foundations of identifying, containing, and recovering from a cyber attack within a network.

Cyber Knowledge: Understand and articulate cyber and information security concepts in technical and non-technical settings. 

Tech Requirements

It is recommended that all of cyberTAP courses be taken on a laptop or PC that runs either Windows or Linux as an operating system. We also recommended to have a fast and reliable internet access.

Are you interested in learning more?

cyberTAP's comprehensive approach to teaching cyber fundamentals and building practical skills through applied technical training is perfect for those interested in starting a new career, learning a new skill, experiencing a cyberattack firsthand, or making a team around cybersecurity. Our programs are fully customizable to offer a tailored solution for individual and corporate needs. Let's get in touch and see just how cyberTAP can partner with you and develop a training program just for you and your team. 

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