Security Analyst Training Programs Round-up


I decided to make a overview of existing Security Analyst training programs, since they are not easy to find on the internet it also allows for other peoples feedback on which training programs are better in the cost vs. benefit/quality comparison.


The scope focuses only on Security Analyst Training programs which are generic in nature (not vendor or product specific).

Note: i have not included EC-Council's Certified Security Analyst (ECSA), OSSTMM Professional Security Analyst Accredited Certification (OPSA), CREST Practitioner Security Analyst due to it being more oriented towards other subjects in the security realm or not having any formal training for them.

Note2: this overview has been setup from the Dutch perspective, this explains some dutch programs included

Training Programs

Vendor Name Follow-up Exam Name Price (excl. exam) Comment
Fox-IT Monitoring security analyst 1 None 3800 EUR / 4245 USD
Fox-IT Monitoring security analyst 2 None 3800 EUR / 4245 USD
TSTC Security Monitoring & Analysis None Unknown
SANS SEC503: Intrusion Detection In-Depth GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA) 4789 EUR / 5350 USD
SANS SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits and Incident Handling GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) 4789 EUR / 5350 USD
SANS SEC511: Continuous Monitoring and Security Operations GIAC Continuous Monitoring Certification (GMON) 4789 EUR / 5350 USD Exam available end of the year
Argent Consulting CSFI Defensive Cyberspace Operations Engineer (CSFI-DCOE) none Unknown
CMU CERT Fundamentals of Incident Handling CERT®-Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH) 5192 EUR / 5800 USD * international price
CMU CERT Advanced Incident Handling CERT®-Certified Computer Security Incident Handler (CSIH) 5371 EUR / 6000 USD * international price
ENISA CERT Diverse availability of training materials None 0 EUR / 0 USD Free Material
Global Knowledge EC-Council Certified Incident Handler EC-Council Certified Incident Handler (ECIH) 1595 EUR / 1781 USD (excl. NL tax)
SCOS Cyber Security Investigation and Network Forensic Analysis Wireshark Certified Network Analyst (WCNA) Unknown
SCOS Advanced Network/Security Analysis Wireshark Certified Network Analyst (WCNA) 3750 EUR / 4189 USD


When talking about training programs most people believe SANS training programs are the best. GCIA has been the no.1 requested training for security analysts in the past and GCIH no.2 although the new training program for GMON will have some added value too soon.