CREST Certified Network Intrusion Analyst

The Certified Network Intrusion Analyst (CC NIA) examination tests candidates’ knowledge of analysing network traffic and log files for evidence of potential compromise and analysing the potential underlying causes and infection vectors.

The examination is a rigorous assessment of the candidate’s ability to assess a given network for indications of malicious activity including remote control and data ex-filtration.

The exam includes:

  • Data Sources
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Beaconing Systems
  • Encrypted Communications
  • Network Traffic Analysis
  • Networking Protocols
  • Covert Channel Identification
  • Log Analysis

 Examination format
The format is the same as for all other CREST certifications. The candidate will be expected to possess not only the technical ability to find security weaknesses and vulnerabilities, but also the skills to ensure findings are presented in a clear, concise and understandable manner. The examination consists of three tasks:

  • A multiple choice technical examination
  • A long form essay style written paper, testing both technical ability and presentation ability
  • A hands-on practical examination

To pass the exam, the candidate must pass all three sections.

You can download the following documents from the links below:

Syllabus for the Certified Network Intrusion Analyst examination
Notes for Candidates to aid examination preparation

Cost
The Certified Network Intrusion Analyst examination costs £1,600 + VAT

Recommended Preparation Material
The following material and media has been cited as helpful preparation for this examination by previous candidates:

Reading Material:
Practical Malware Analysis
Network Fundamentals:  CCNA Exploration Companion Guide

Websites:
http://www.unixwiz.net/techtips/sql-injection.html
http://opensecuritytraining.info/CISSP-5-C.html
http://overapi.com/

Courses:
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Useful Information for Candidates

Details of the Logistics and Timings of CREST examinations can be found in the Examination Preparation pages for your country of choice
CREST’s Policy for Candidates requiring special arrangements including additional time to accommodate a medical condition (including examinations delivered at Pearson Vue)
Terms and Conditions for CREST Examinations (includes hard disk drive wiping policy)