S-TA Certification

Deep dive in Active Defense, Rapid Response, APT’s, threat hunting, threat intelligence and incident response in a next generation SOC

The Threat Analyst 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.

About the certificate

Who is this certification for?
Enterprise SOC-Teams, Managed Service and MDR- providers that want to set a baseline for their threat analysts. SOC Analysts, MDR Analysts, Threat Analysts, Threat Content Developers, Security Consultants, Incident Responders, security engineers and architects, red teamers going purple.

What are the benefits of this certification?
 If you are considering a career as a Threat Analyst then this is the certification for you. With this certification, you can work as a Threat Analyst Tier 2 and 3.

How can I position the S-TA certification in the market?
This is an advanced level certification and not suitable for early-career SOC Analysts. If you’re looking for an entry-level course, we’d advise to have a look at the Associate SOC Analyst Training

What skills will I be able to validate with my S-TA certificate?
Please review the objectives section on the program outline page.

How can I get certified?

  1. Capture the Flag (hands-on exam)
    Duration: 4 hours
    Delivered: In class, with access to a cloudified environment
    Passing score: 100%
    Passing the CTF gives you permission to take the theoretical exam
  2. Theory Exam
    Language: English
    Delivered: Online via a certified proctor (on a date and time that suits you best)
    Questions: 10 multiple choice, 5 open questions
    Passing score: 60%
    Time: 120 minutes

Your exam voucher is included in your training. Please connect with your training provider for your exam voucher and information about the exam registration process. If they are not able to assist you, contact us directly and we will guide you through the process.

Connect with us via the program outline page and we will send you available dates in your country.

For this certification you will need to take the training. There is a capture the flag exercise in class that you must pass to obtain your certification. Connect with us via the program outline page and we will send you available dates in your country.

You can claim your certification badge at our Member site.

Your credentials will be valid for a year. To keep your certification title and digital badge active, you will need to pay a small annual maintenance fee (€75) and report at least 20 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits via our Student Portal. As a SECO-Institute certified member, you will also have opportunities to collect CPE credits by attending webinars and accessing other professional knowledge resources.


Once you are certified you will learn that SECO-Institute is more than just an examination factory. You will become a member of the (S)ECO-System. Supporting our members and lifelong learning, you will access ‘Member Only’ webinars and professional knowledge resources, obtain discounts on other trainings and events, and receive personal invitations for exclusive conferences, working groups and professional activities developed through our global partner network of other clusters and innovation projects.