About the Certification
This certification reflects the fundamental knowledge required of security analysts performing incident response and analysis with the NetWitness Platform. The prerequisite for this certification is the NetWitness Certified Associate certification.
Who Should Take the Exam
Anyone with at least two years of experience as administrator using NetWitness Platform versions 11.3, 11.4, or 11.5.
Anyone who has successfully completed and mastered the content in these courses:
- NetWitness Platform Foundations
- NetWitness Endpoint Foundations
- NetWitness Platform Analysis
- NetWitness Platform Intro to Hunting
Additional Recommended Background and Experience
Certification candidates are most likely to pass with a minimum of two years of experience in at least one of the following technical areas:
- Network operations
- Information security analysis
- Operating systems
- IT administration
The exam is comprised of several Domains or topical subject areas. Each Domain is represented by a series of questions designed to evaluate competence and knowledge relating to that area. Exam questions for this certification include the following Domains:
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Topics include the various techniques and tools used to investigate data in your organization.
- Investigative tools
- Navigate view
- Events view
- Optimizing investigation
- Recommended methodology phases
- Enrichments for ESA alerts
Domain: Endpoint Investigation
Topics include the analysis tools provided by NetWitness Endpoint.
- Endpoint interface
- Risk score interpretation
- Risk score resets
- Reputations and signatures
- Endpoint investigation tools
- Application rules
- Blacklisting and whitelisting
- Image and kernel hook detection
- MFT analysis
- Endpoint memory dump
Topics include the hunting tools provided by NetWitness Platform as well as recommended hunting methodologies and basic hunting terminology.
- Hunting tools
- Content Packs
- Hunting Guide
- Hunt Cards
- Context Hub
- Methodology and concepts for hunters
- Recommended methodology phases
- Traffic flow filtering
- Investigation feed
Domain: Incident Response
Topics include general Incident Response roles and processes.
- Incident Response model
- Typical roles
- Model types
- Recommended Incident Response processes
- Prioritization of alerts (triage)
- Incident creation and assignment
- Add events to incident
- Review incident metadata
Domain: NetWitness Metadata
Topics include characteristics of metadata in NetWitness, as well as hands-on metadata analysis techniques.
- Characteristics of metadata in NetWitness
- Definition of NetWitness metadata
- Unified Data Model
- NetWitness Investigation Model
- Analysis techniques
- Indicators of suspicious activity
- Context-level meta keys
- Network layer queries
Although NetWitness Platform product training is not a strict requirement in preparation for the exam, it is highly recommended you complete the courses listed on the first page of this guide.
For more about NetWitness Platform course offerings, visit: https://community.rsa.com/community/training/netwitness
Testing Centers, Locations, and Registration
The examination is administered by Pearson VUE. Their examination centers are located worldwide. Visit the Pearson VUE web site, www.pearsonvue.com/rsa/ and use the Test Center Locator to find a testing facility convenient to you.
You may also use this site to create a personal login account and register for an exam. The exam code is 08-20-NW-SPEC-AN-01.
The exam consists of 70 multiple choice questions to be completed in 85 minutes. One valid answer should be selected for each question. The exam is computer-based and closed book – you may not utilize any printed material, personal computers, calculators, cell phones, etc. during the test.
The minimum passing score is 70%. Test results are calculated automatically at the conclusion of the test and testing center personnel can often provide you with an authorized copy of your results before you leave the testing center.
The fee for taking the exam is US$ 150.00.
The NetWitness Certified Specialist – Analyst exam is available in North American English.
What to expect at the Testing Center
You must present two forms of identification; one of which is a photo identification.
You will be required to electronically accept the terms of a Certification Program Non-Disclosure Agreement before beginning the examination. You are given an additional 5 minutes above and beyond the examination time to read this agreement before accepting.
Re-taking the Exam
There is no limit on the number of times that you can re-take the certification exam. However, to maintain integrity and confidentiality of the test items, 14 days is the required elapsed time before retaking the test a third time. Please note that you must pay the full exam fee each time that you retake the exam.