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:
Information security analysis
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:
% of Examination
Domain: Investigation Topics include the various techniques and tools used to investigate data in your organization.
Recommended methodology phases
Enrichments for ESA alerts
Domain: Endpoint Investigation Topics include the analysis tools provided by NetWitness Endpoint.
Risk score interpretation
Risk score resets
Reputations and signatures
Endpoint investigation tools
Blacklisting and whitelisting
Image and kernel hook detection
Endpoint memory dump
Domain: Hunting Topics include the hunting tools provided by NetWitness Platform as well as recommended hunting methodologies and basic hunting terminology.
Methodology and concepts for hunters
Recommended methodology phases
Traffic flow filtering
Domain: Incident Response Topics include general Incident Response roles and processes.
Incident Response model
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
Indicators of suspicious activity
Context-level meta keys
Network layer queries
Product Training 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.
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.
Exam Costs The fee for taking the exam is US$ 150.00.
Language Availability 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.