Become a SECO certified Threat Analyst (S-TA)

The Cyber Defense program was created by a group of SOC Managers and the creator of the SOC Maturity Model, (SOC-CMM), that has been adopted by cyber defense teams worldwide. The curriculum is built on the requirements that the authors have set for their own teams, and offer a unique combination of crucial concepts, required mindset, collaboration skills and hands on practice that you will need to get the job done.

We offer the most complete certification track for your career, our learning path enables you to develop from entry level SOC Analyst all the way up to a certified Threat Analyst level (S-TA). A SECO- S-TA certification demonstrates that you have advanced knowledge and hands-on experience for a senior, pro-active defense role in a SOC or similar team at Tier level 2 or 3.

Together with our certifications, we offer corresponding cyber defense courses and exams.

Cyber Defense Certifications

Entry level

Associate SOC Analyst
S-SA title

For new and junior SOC Analysts who want to become Tier 1 and 2 SOC analyst.

Advanced level

Certified Threat Analyst
S-TA title

For enterprise SOC-Teams, Managed Service, MDR- providers, SOC Analysts, MDR Analysts, Threat Analysts, Threat Content Developers, Security Consultants, Incident Responders, security engineers and architects, red teamers going purple.

Your career path to becoming a certified Threat Analyst

You want to become a Threat Analyst but where to start? Depending on your level of expertise you may need to study a bit more before claiming the S-TA certification title.

Step 1: Join our (S)ECO-System

Register a free student account on our member website (Your training institute will provide more information).
As a registered SECO-student, you will have the opportunity to access valuable extras and ask questions of certified professionals.

Also join our LinkedIn company page. On a daily base we inform you with new courses, interesting articles and much more.

Step 2: Start your course

Step 3: Book your exam

You can book your certification exam with an accredited SECO-partner or directly with the SECO-Institute. Our online examination system allows you to take exams from the convenience of your home or office, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

The SECO-Institute delivers 3 types of certification exams:

  • Foundation exams:
    Foundation exams consist of 40 multiple-choice questions. Candidates have 1 hour to complete the exam. The pass mark is 60%.
  • Practitioner exams:
    Practitioner exams consist of multiple-choice questions, short open-ended questions and a case study. Candidates have 2 hours to complete the exam. The pass mark is 60%.
  • Expert exams:
    Expert exams consist of multiple-choice questions, short open-ended questions and a case study. Candidates have 3 hours to complete the exam. The pass mark is 60%.

Step 4: Claim your certification title and become a SECO member

Upon successful completion of your exam, you will receive a certificate. In the possession of a SECO-certificate, you can apply for a SECO certification title and digital badge (S-SA, S-TA).

If you apply for your certification title you will become a SECO-Institute member.  As a SECO Member, we provide you with networking opportunities and safeguards the value of our certifications by encouraging and stimulating continuing professional development. By becoming a member of our (S)ECO-system and using a SECO title, you demonstrate to employers and fellow professionals that your competence is up to date.

Step 5: Share your knowledge

The (S)ECO-System offers an extensive pool of knowledge and expertise. Our community is a network of worldwide members, certified trainers, course developers and top-level industry experts. We encourage our members to share their knowledge among other members and students by actively joining discussion groups, sharing knowledge through articles & white papers and become a buddy for professionals who seek to enter the career field.