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That’s why we created the Cybersecurity Nexus™ (CSX) Training Platform, the first on-demand, real-world training solution that builds real technical skills to help your staff combat real threats.

Integrated Learning in an On-Demand, Self-Paced Environment

Always on and continually updated, the Cybersecurity Nexus™ (CSX) Training Platform helps your employees build critical technical cybersecurity skills through hands-on, skills-based training. In addition, our skills assessment component enables you to verify the technical competency of both existing employees and prospective new hires.

Hands-On, Practical Training in a Live and Dynamic Network Environment

Employees go through complex cybersecurity scenarios based on recent, real-world scenarios and are given live incidents to detect and mitigate.

Every Experience is Skills-Based

Our training platform is the first to offer skills-based evaluation and scoring of every effort. Users are assessed in real time and receive their success metrics and continuing professional education credits at the end of each lab and course.

Keep Track of Individual Employee and Team Level Performance and Progress with an Administrator Dashboard

Keep track of each employee’s progress and results for each course and lab with an administrator dashboard. You can see each employee’s strengths and areas for improvement and direct training based on these insightful trackers.


Training for a Full Year for Less Than the Cost of a Typical Week-Long Training Course

Employees can have continuous training and practice building critical cybersecurity skills for an entire year – with access to our full catalog of courses and/or labs, depending on the package you choose for your organization. Plus, you’ll eliminate expensive travel or long periods of time away from work.


“Anytime, Anywhere” Training with Minimal Technical Requirements

Your employees can access the CSX platform and train 24/7, anywhere a computer and high-speed internet connection are available. They can then learn at their own pace, focusing on areas where they need to build or improve individual skills.

Training Content that Stays Current

Courses, labs, tools and scenarios are continuously updated, ensuring your staff are always on top of the latest known threats and approaches. And new labs are issued every quarter.


Labs Built with Your Needs in Mind

Our labs are developed based on your input, allowing you to help build a better global cybersecurity workforce.

CSX Training Platform Modules

Enterprise packages include labs, or labs + courses + assessment tool. CSX Practitioner Courses are available as a standalone offer, and the CSX Practitioner Exam can be added on to your package to help certify your team and validate technical skill and ability. Capture the flag scenarios will be available free.

Focused Training Courses—The training platform features a library of self-paced, virtual courses combining instructional lecture with hands-on lab work. Each course offers a focused, deep dive into a specialized area of cybersecurity and ranges in length from 2 to 16 hours. Courses are available at varying levels of complexity: Beginner, Practitioner, Advanced and Bridge to Security Management.

CSX Practitioner Exam Prep Course—The enterprise training platform also includes a virtual version of our in-person CSX Practitioner Exam Prep Course. Offering 1-week of comprehensive training, this course combines instruction with hands-on learning and practice in applying basic concepts and industry-leading methods, and in utilizing a large array of open source tools within real-world scenarios in the live network environment. This training will help employees build the critical skills necessary to be successful in a variety of cybersecurity roles and to earn the CSX Practitioner certification.


Enterprise Assessment Tool—Exclusive to the CSX platform, the Enterprise Assessment Tool allows you to assess the technical abilities and current skill levels of both your current employees and potential hires. Each assessment provides an on-the-spot evaluation of an individual’s cyber strengths and weaknesses, allowing you to make informed hiring, promotional, and development decisions.

Capture the Flag Scenarios—Frequent capture the flag scenarios will be added on an ongoing basis to help users sharpen their skills in friendly competition.

The CSX Practitioner Exam is also available as an add-on to the training platform packages. The CSX Practitioner certification is the first vendor-neutral, performance certification that measures and validates technical cybersecurity skills and abilities.

2 CPE Hours Per Lab

CSX Cybersecurity Practitioner Certification Training Course

Our new CSX Practitioner Exam Prep Course is an intensive training course focused on more complex technical cybersecurity skills and scenarios, and recommended for staff who have intermediate or higher technical skills or as the next step in the CSX learning path after successful completion of CSX Cybersecurity Fundamentals and Foundations Series training courses. The course will help your staff build technical skills critical to perform successfully in key cybersecurity positions ̶ and to prepare for the CSX Practitioner certification exam.

The CSX Practitioner Exam Prep Course:

  • Offers 40 hours of immersive, practical training that combines in-depth instruction on key cybersecurity concepts with hands-on lab work to help staff build and hone critical technical cybersecurity skills.
  • Teaches staff will to use the same tools, within the context of current threats and scenarios, they would encounter working in the real world.
  • Provides relevant and comprehensive training – with each lesson and corresponding lab focused on skills and concepts in one of five areas aligned to existing global cybersecurity frameworks: Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover.
  • Prompts students to effectively detect and mitigate live cyber incidents throughout the training, in line with NIST, ISO and ISA guidelines.
  • Allows your team members to learn at their own pace and schedules, with “anytime, anywhere” access
  • Provides trainees, upon completion of each lab, with a detailed analytic report – giving them immediate insight into strengths and weaknesses, and helping to direct continued training efforts.
  • Enables staff to earn up to 48 continuing professional education credit hours that can be applied to the maintenance of their professional certifications.

The CSX Practitioner certification is the first vendor-neutral, performance certification that measures and validates technical cybersecurity skills and abilities.


ISACA delivers elite cybersecurity training and hands-on labs through the CSX® Cybersecurity Nexus platform. Arranging access to this training for your Information Security and Cybersecurity team provides ongoing career development skill-building that will improve competency, boost retention of talent, and prepare team members for internal career advancement.

CSX Packet Analysis

This course provides students an understanding of packet and protocol analysis. Students will work with real network traffic captures in real environments and will analyze different communication types and their components. Upon completion, students will be able to passively analyze packet captures and create network topologies and device characterizations – valuable traits in the cybersecurity field.

This comprehensive training course on Packet Analysis leverages hands-on lab training and in-depth instruction in this critical area. Learn More >>


CSX Network Application and Configuration

This course provides students with an understanding of network connections, protocols, and routing. Through interacting with live traffic in a network environment, students will learn how to direct, create, and deny traffic as it flows through a network of their creation and moderation. Learn More >>


CSX Linux Application and Configuration

This course provides students with an understanding of the Linux operating system. Through interacting with live systems in a real environment, students will learn key commands, create user accounts and items, establish network connections, and learn the secrets of the Linux terminal. Learn More >>


CSX Penetration Testing Overview Course

The CSX Penetration Testing Overview course provides students an introductory understanding of penetration testing and ethical hacking. Students will work with real systems in real environments and will leverage real vulnerability analysis and exploitation tools in a live environment. Upon completion, students will understand the overall concepts guiding penetration testing from a practical, hands-on vantage point. Learn More >>


CSX Vulnerability and Exploitation Course

The CSX Vulnerability and Exploitation Course provides students, who possess a basic understanding of penetration testing, a deeper understanding of vulnerability identification and exploitation capabilities. Students will work with real systems in real environments and will leverage real vulnerability analysis and exploitation tools in a live environment. Upon completion, students will understand the how to successfully exploit and maintain a presence within information systems. Learn More >>


CSX Advanced Exploitation Course

The CSX Advanced Exploitation Course provides students, who possess an in-depth understanding of penetration testing, a deeper understanding of traversing complex networks. Students will work with real systems in real environments and will leverage real exploitation and pivoting tools in a live environment. Upon completion, students will understand the how to successfully exploit and move through a number of hosts on a network. Learn More >>



The entry point into our cybersecurity program, Cybersecurity Fundamentals offers a certificate in the introductory concepts that frame and define the standards, guidelines and practices of the industry. The certificate and related training are an ideal way to get started on a career in cybersecurity. These skills are in high demand, as threats continue to plague enterprises around the world. Learn More >>



For those who have a few years of experience in cybersecurity and have started to build industry certification, a CSX-P Certification helps maintain CPE requirements and is the next step in professional credentialing. Offered in an Accelerated format or a more in-depth Comprehensive format. Learn More >>



The Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) Threat Hunting Course (CTHC) course provides students with an understanding of cybersecurity threat hunting and a set of skills, techniques, and tactics which they can implement to identify and combat known threats and protect against potential unidentified threats on a system of responsibility.


Open Source Tools Utilized in CSX Training Platform Instructional Courses and Labs

Use the Same Tools and Scenarios You’ll Encounter Working in the Real World.
Courses and labs on the CSX Training Platform feature practical, up-to-date instruction and practice using the latest open-source tools, within real-world scenarios.

Employees will learn how to use the latest tools that they will need to use day-to-day in the real world, including:

  • Wireshark
  • Nmap
  • Netdiscover
  • Zenmap
  • Md5sum
  • Vimdiff
  • Armitage
  • PfSense
  • ClamAV
  • BeEF
  • BURP Suite
  • Strace
  • Netcat
  • Strings
  • Native Linux Commands / Utilities
    • SSH
    • Nano
    • Ifconfig
    • Cat
    • Scp
    • Tar
    • Ping
    • Script
    • Netstat
    • Ps
    • Kill
    • Find
    • Mkdir
    • Ls
    • Userdel

Assessing Cybersecurity Talent Just Got Easier

Gain Critical insight into how current an prospective team members perform

It’s never been possible to know how a security professional will handle a cyberattack on your organization—or whether a job candidate actually has the deep technical skills employers are looking for—until now.

The Cybersecurity Nexus™ (CSX) Skills Assessment Tool allows cybersecurity and HR managers to:

  • More accurately Gauge an individual’s skills and abilities
  • Measure technical competency across all five functions of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework* in just two hours
  • Test users’ ability to identify and respond to real cybersecurity scenarios in a live environment

Assess and address: Learn your security team’s strengths and weaknesses. See how the CSX Skills Assessment Tool can help you identify and fill critical cybersecurity skill gaps in your organization. Read Article >>

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*The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cyber Security Framework consists of identify, protect, detect, respond, recover.