CompTIA CYSA+ (CS0-003)


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Hands-On Labs

Master the CompTIA CySA+ (CS0-003) exam with our comprehensive study guide. Whether you're preparing for the exam or seeking to enhance your cybersecurity skills, our course provides valuable insights into the exam objectives. You'll explore a range of cybersecurity domains, from threat intelligence to vulnerability management and forensic analysis. Designed to empower you with real-world knowledge, our course features interactive lessons, quizzes, pre-assessments, post-assessments, and hands-on labs to hone your skills. Unlock your potential and become a certified Cybersecurity Analyst ready to tackle the challenges of the cybersecurity world.

Here's what you will get

Prepare to excel on the CompTIA CySA+ (CS0-003) exam, a vendor-neutral certification tailored for cybersecurity professionals. Gain practical expertise in Security Operations, Vulnerability Management, Incident Response and Management, and Reporting and Communications domains. This mid-career certification is the key to advancing your cybersecurity career.


14+ Lessons | 420+ Exercises | 260+ Quizzes | 130+ Flashcards | 130+ Glossary of terms


85+ Pre Assessment Questions | 2+ Full Length Tests | 85+ Post Assessment Questions | 170+ Practice Test Questions

Hands-On Labs

53+ LiveLab | 52+ Video tutorials | 02:06+ Hours

Here's what you will learn

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Lessons 1: Introduction

  • CompTIA
  • The Cybersecurity Analyst+ Exam
  • What Does This Course Cover?
  • Objectives Map for CompTIA CySA+ Exam CS0-003
  • Setting Up a Kali and Metasploitable Learning Environment

Lessons 2: Today's Cybersecurity Analyst

  • Cybersecurity Objectives
  • Privacy vs. Security
  • Evaluating Security Risks
  • Building a Secure Network
  • Secure Endpoint Management
  • Penetration Testing
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Efficiency and Process Improvement
  • The Future of Cybersecurity Analytics
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Lab Exercises

Lessons 3: System and Network Architecture

  • Infrastructure Concepts and Design
  • Operating System Concepts
  • Logging, Logs, and Log Ingestion
  • Network Architecture
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Encryption and Sensitive Data Protection
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Lab Exercises

Lessons 4: Malicious Activity

  • Analyzing Network Events
  • Investigating Host-Related Issues
  • Investigating Service- and Application-Related Issues
  • Determining Malicious Activity Using Tools and Techniques
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Lab Exercises

Lessons 5: Threat Intelligence

  • Threat Data and Intelligence
  • Threat Classification
  • Applying Threat Intelligence Organizationwide
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Lab Exercises

Lessons 6: Reconnaissance and Intelligence Gathering

  • Mapping, Enumeration, and Asset Discovery
  • Passive Discovery
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Lab Exercises

Lessons 7: Designing a Vulnerability Management Program

  • Identifying Vulnerability Management Requirements
  • Configuring and Executing Vulnerability Scans
  • Developing a Remediation Workflow
  • Overcoming Risks of Vulnerability Scanning
  • Vulnerability Assessment Tools
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Lab Exercises

Lessons 8: Analyzing Vulnerability Scans

  • Reviewing and Interpreting Scan Reports
  • Validating Scan Results
  • Common Vulnerabilities
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Lab Exercises

Lessons 9: Responding to Vulnerabilities

  • Analyzing Risk
  • Managing Risk
  • Implementing Security Controls
  • Threat Classification
  • Managing the Computing Environment
  • Software Assurance Best Practices
  • Designing and Coding for Security
  • Software Security Testing
  • Policies, Governance, and Service Level Objectives
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Lab Exercises

Lessons 10: Building an Incident Response Program

  • Security Incidents
  • Phases of Incident Response
  • Building the Foundation for Incident Response
  • Creating an Incident Response Team
  • Classifying Incidents
  • Attack Frameworks
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Lab Exercises

Lessons 11: Incident Detection and Analysis

  • Indicators of Compromise
  • Investigating IoCs
  • Evidence Acquisition and Preservation
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Lab Exercises

Lessons 12: Containment, Eradication, and Recovery

  • Containing the Damage
  • Incident Eradication and Recovery
  • Validating Data Integrity
  • Wrapping Up the Response
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Lab Exercises

Lessons 13: Reporting and Communication

  • Vulnerability Management Reporting and Communication
  • Incident Response Reporting and Communication
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Lab Exercises

Lessons 14: Performing Forensic Analysis and  Techniques for Incident Response

  • Building a Forensics Capability
  • Understanding Forensic Software
  • Conducting Endpoint Forensics
  • Network Forensics
  • Cloud, Virtual, and Container Forensics
  • Post-Incident Activity and Evidence Acquisition
  • Forensic Investigation: An Example
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Lab Exercises

Hands-on LAB Activities

Today's Cybersecurity Analyst

  • Creating a Firewall Rule
  • Setting Up a Honeypot on Kali Linux

System and Network Architecture

  • Installing Docker
  • Viewing the Windows File Registry
  • Installing the AD FS Role
  • Examining PKI Certificates

Malicious Activity

  • Confirming the Spoofing Attack in Wireshark
  • Performing a DoS Attack with the SYN Flood
  • Using Social Engineering Techniques to Plan an Attack
  • Using Performance Monitor
  • Performing a Memory-Based Attack
  • Using Command-line Tools
  • Analyzing Malware Using VirusTotal
  • Using TCPdump to Capture Packets
  • Enabling Logging for Audited Objects
  • Examining Audited Events
  • Capturing a Packet Using Wireshark

Threat Intelligence

  • Examining MITRE ATT&CK

Reconnaissance and Intelligence Gathering

  • Using Maltego to Gather Information
  • Performing an Intense Scan in Zenmap
  • Using Shodan to Find Webcams
  • Using Recon-ng to Gather Information
  • Identifying Search Options in Metasploit
  • Performing Reconnaissance on a Network
  • Scanning the Local Network
  • Using the hping Program
  • Making Syslog Entries Readable
  • Performing Zone Transfer Using dig
  • Using the netstat Command
  • Using the whois Program
  • Using nslookup for Passive Reconnaissance

Designing a Vulnerability Management Program

  • Using OWASP ZAP
  • Consulting a Vulnerability Database
  • Conducting Vulnerability Scanning Using Nessus
  • Performing Vulnerability Scanning Using OpenVAS
  • Performing Session Hijacking Using Burp Suite
  • Using Nikto

Analyzing Vulnerability Scans

  • Exploiting LFI and RFI Vulnerabilities
  • Exploiting a Website Using SQL Injection
  • Conducting CSRF Attacks
  • Defending Against a Buffer Overflow Attack
  • Understanding Local Privilege Escalation
  • Performing a MITM Attack
  • Detecting Rootkits
  • Attacking a Website Using XSS Injection

Incident Detection and Analysis

  • Creating a Forensic Image with FTK Imager

Performing Forensic Analysis and  Techniques for Incident Response

  • Using EnCase Imager
  • Observing an MD5-Generated Hash Value
  • Analyzing Forensics with Autopsy
  • Observing a SHA256-Generated Hash Value
  • Cracking Passwords Using Cain and Abel
  • Completing the Chain of Custody
  • Finding Hard Drives on the System

Exam FAQs

Network+, Security+, or equivalent knowledge. Minimum of 4 years of hands-on experience as an incident response analyst or security operations center (SOC) analyst or equivalent experience.


Pearson VUE


The exam contains 85 questions.

165 minutes


(on a scale of 100-900)

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