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Essential Defender 202: Security Operations Fundamentals

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

Start learning key defensive security concepts with a focus on following an attacker through the Cyber Kill Chain. Learn how to recognize indicators of compromise. Key concepts and tools include commercial SIEMs and firewalls, and other investigation tools. 

Who should take this course

ED-202 is designed for professionals starting cyber and information security. It is recommended for those who either have completed A.C.E.-Core or ED-201.

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 get hands-on experience with industry tools such as Active Directory, QRadar, Palo Alto Firewalls, Zennos, SysInternals, McAfee EPO, and more.

What you can expect from Essential Defender 202: Security Operations Fundamentals

As a continuation of the Essential Defender series, ED-202 reinforces the identification of indicators of compromise in networked traffic. Participants are tasked with identifying three cyberattacks by only seeing the attack traffic with the use of commercial investigation tools. While the course is only scoped to identifying a cyberattack, the range instructor will provide suggestions for recovery and remediation in a limited capacity. 

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 ED-202 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 a day.  

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 Traffic Analysis: Learn the basics of vulnerability assessments, including testing, methodologies, scanning, documentation reviews, and threat hunting.  

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

Forensics: Identify and assess indicators of compromise on systems such as SQL, IIS, and Domain Controller.

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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