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Cyber Certified Experts Program


Certified Expert Packet Analyst (CEPA)®

Certified Expert Packet Analyst (CEPA)®

Certified Expert Packet Analyst (CEPA)®


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Successful completion of this exam will demonstrate a candidate’s ability to detect and analyze various network packets and associated flags.  Following or tracing various protocol streams to determine various attacks will be demonstrated.  The student will demonstrate the ability to reconstruct files for analysis and recreation of different attack scenarios.

Candidates will have a 60 day period to complete the exam.  Candidates will have one attempt at each exam; each exam is timed.

Authoritative Sources
  • NIST SP 800-86 – Guide to Integrating Forensic Techniques into Incident Response
  • NIST SP 800-83 – Guide to Malware Incident Prevention and Handling for Desktops and Laptops

Candidates must possess at least 3 Years relevant experience in programming, configuring, and/or securing web servers and services in order to obtain the Certified Expert certificate. Those that pass the test, but do not possess the requisite experience, will be awarded the Certified Expert Associate certificate. Once the required experience  is achieved, they may resubmit for the Certified Expert certificate.

Renewal: Each certification must be renewed annually; requiring 20 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) and payment of a $75 certification renewal fee.

If the exam is successfully completed prior to 2017, the candidate is considered a CCE Program Early Adopter.  As a thank you, all early adopters will have their annual PDC requirement and annual fee waived on their first anniversary.

Additional details regarding PDC and renewal fee submission will be sent to all early adopters early 2017.

Certification Award

Once you have successfully passed the test with a 70% grade, you can obtain your certificate by submitting proof that you meet the requirements (resume or other documentation) by email to Once the requirements are verified, you will receive your certificate by email and a paper copy will be mailed to your physical address. (Please include your current physical address with your submission).

Experience Documentation Audits: All submissions are subject to an audit.

Each submission has a 30-day audit window from the date of submission.  If your submission is selected for an audit, you will be notified via email within this window. The audit notification provides detailed information on how to comply with the terms of the audit.

Additional Information

Pricing Options

Exam Pass ($350), Exam Retake Package ($385), Additional Attempt ($225)