Affordable DFIR Related Certifications With Training

DFIR Related Certifications

This is a curated list of DFIR Related Certifications that you can get for under $1,000 with training included.

I personally think many of the certifications listed, especially the hands-on certifications, should get more recognition by HR and hiring managers. My goal is to take as many of these as I can and do a blog series on DFIR Diva and Get Your Start Careers about lesser known DFIR Related certifications that should be on hiring managers radar. Stay tuned!

Name & Direct LinkPlatform/InstructorTraining & Exam PricingTopicsExam Type
Blue Team Level 1 (BTL1)

(This is a good one for beginners)
Security Blue TeamTraining + Exam: £399 ($554.29)

Includes 4 months of training access, exam voucher, and free retake. The exam is a 24-hour practical exam.
Security Fundamentals, Phishing Analysis, Threat Intelligence, Digital Forensics, Windows and Linux Investigations, Volatility, Autopsy, Digital Evidence Collection, SIEM, Logging, Splunk, Incident Response, MITRE ATT&CKPractical Hands-On
MDFIR - Certified DFIR SpecialistMossé Cyber Security Institute$450 includes practical exercises and the certification.

This isn't a typical approach to a certification. You complete 100% practical exercises that you research how to do on your own as you go, so part of it is research methods and critical-thinking skills. As you go through the exercises, you go from Novice DFIR Practitioner up to Certified Expert DFIR Practitioner. There is no time limit to complete it.
File Analysis, Windows Forensics, Memory Forensics, Applications Forensics, Network Forensics, Malware Analysis, Enterprise Investigations, Threat Intelligence, Writing Digital Forensics and Incident Reports, Documentation and Procedures.Practical Hands-On
MBT - Certified Blue TeamerMossé Cyber Security Institute$450 includes the practical exercises and certification.

This isn't a typical approach to a certification. You complete 100% practical exercises that you research how to do on your own as you go, so part of it is research methods and critical-thinking skills. As you go through the exercises, you go from MCSI Blue Team Learner up to MCSI Certified Expert Blue Team Practitioner. There is no time limit to complete it.
Malware Analysis, Threat Hunting, Cyber Defence, Incident Response, OSINT, Memory Forensics, Threat Intelligence, Binary Classification, Static Code Analysis, Enterprise InvestigationsPractical Hands-On
Cybersec First Responder (CFR)

(This certification is listed under most of the CSSP categories of the DoD Approved 8570 Baseline Certifications)
CertNexusThere are several different exam bundles that can include the print book, eBook, eLearning, certification voucher and labs for under $1,000Log Analysis, SIEM Tools, Regular Expressions, Using Windows and Linux Tools to Analyze Incidents, Methods and Tools for Malware Analysis, IOCs, Incident Response Process, Forensic Analysis, Mitigation, Windows Event LogsMultiple Choice

eLearnSecurity Certified Digital Forensics Professional (eCDFP)

INE/eLearnSecurity - Instructor: Ali HadiINE offers training for $749/year with a coupon for 50% off an eLearnSecurity Voucher = $949 Total

Alternatively, INE offers training at $49/month with a full-price voucher at $400.

Both options include access to training for ALL eLearnSecurity certifications.
Aquisition, File & Disk Analysis, System & Network Forensics, Logs, Timelines & Reporting, File Carving, Creating Custom Carving Signatures, Windows Registry, LNK Files, Prefetch Files, USB Devices, Shellbags, Recycle BinPractical Hands-On

eLearnSecurity Certified Incident Responder (eCIR)

INE/eLearnSecurity - Instructor: Dimitrios BougioukasINE offers training for $749/year with a coupon for 50% off an eLearnSecurity Voucher = $949 Total

Alternatively, INE offers training at $49/month with a full-price voucher at $400.

Both options include access to training for ALL eLearnSecurity certifications.
Detecting Cyber Attacks, SIEM, Analyzing Traffic, Flows, and Endpoints, Utilizing Threat Intelligence, IDS, Log ManagementPractical Hands-On

eLearnSecurity Certified Malware Analysis Professional (eCMAP)

INE/eLearnSecurity - Instructor: Ali HadiINE offers training for $749/year with a coupon for 50% off an eLearnSecurity Voucher = $949 Total

Alternatively, INE offers training at $49/month with a full-price voucher at $400.

Both options include access to training for ALL eLearnSecurity certifications.
x64 Bit Assembly, Analyzing PE File Structure, Packed Malware Identification and Analysis, IOCs, YARA Rules, Processes, DLLs, Handles, Droppers, Reverse Engineering, Unpacking Malware, DebuggingPractical Hands-On

eLearnSecurity Certified Reverse Engineer (eCRE)

INE/eLearnSecurity - Instructor: Kyriakos EconomouINE offers training for $749/year with a coupon for 50% off an eLearnSecurity Voucher = $949 Total

Alternatively, INE offers training at $49/month with a full-price voucher at $400.

Both options include access to training for ALL eLearnSecurity certifications.
Reverse Engineering Foundations, Practical Reverse Engineering, The Stack, Algorithm Reversing, String References and Basic Patching, Windows Registry Manipulation, File Manipulation, Anti-Reversing Tricks, Code Obfuscation, Analyzing Packers, Debugging Multi-Thread ApplicationsPractical Hands-On
eLearnSecurity Certified Threat Hunting Professional (eCTHPv2)INE/eLearnSecurity - Instructor: Slavi ParpulevINE offers training for $749/year with a coupon for 50% off an eLearnSecurity Voucher = $949 Total

Alternatively, INE offers training at $49/month with a full-price voucher at $400.

Both options include access to training for ALL eLearnSecurity certifications.
Memory Forensics Using Redline, Volatility, and Other Tools, Network Traffic Analysis, Using Threat Intelligence to Hunt for Threats, Detecting Advanced Hacking Techniques, Using Tools Such as Powershell, ELK and Splunk to Analyze Windows Events and Detect AttacksPractical Hands-On
MOIS - Certified OSINT ExpertMossé Cyber Security Institute$450 includes the practical exercises and certification.

This isn't a typical approach to a certification. You complete 100% practical exercises that you research how to do on your own as you go, so part of it is research methods and critical-thinking skills. As you go through the exercises, you go from MCSI OSINT Learner up to MCSI Certified Expert OSINT Practitioner. There is no time limit to complete it.
Creating an Anonymous Presence to be Used to Conduct Online Investigative Research, Collect Data From IP Addresses, Domain Names, Email Addresses, Documents, Search Engines, Code Repositories, Data Breaches, Social Media Platforms and more, Write Tools in Python to Interact With APIs and Automate the OSINT Data Collection Process, Develop Professionial Procedures and Methodologies.Practical Hands-On
MRE - Certified Reverse EngineerMossé Cyber Security Institute$450 includes the practical exercises and certification.

This isn't a typical approach to a certification. You complete 100% practical exercises that you research how to do on your own as you go, so part of it is research methods and critical-thinking skills. As you go through the exercises, you go from MCSI Reverse Engineering Learner up to MCSI Certified Expert Reverse Engineering Practitioner. There is no time limit to complete it.
Programming for Reverse Engineering, Windows Internals for Reverse Engineering, Binary Classification, Memory Forensics for Malware Analysis, Ghidra, Malware in Documents, Static and Dynamic Code Analysis, Code DeobfuscationPractical Hands-On
MCD - Certified Code Deobfuscation SpecialistMossé Cyber Security Institute$450 includes the practical exercises and certification.

This isn't a typical approach to a certification. You complete 100% practical exercises that you research how to do on your own as you go, so part of it is research methods and critical-thinking skills. As you go through the exercises, you go from MCSI Code Deobfuscation Learner up to MCSI Certified Expert Code Deobfuscation Specialist Practitioner. There is no time limit to complete it.
Ghidra Fundamentals, Writing a Ghidra Plugin, Code Obfuscation Techniques, VM Protection Techniques, Automated Binary Analysis, Automated Code Deobfuscation Techniques.Practical Hands-On
Certified Computer Examiner

(Paraben also has training with certifications that are specific to their products under $1,000)
Paraben Training Academy$995 - The course includes certification as Certified Computer Examiner once the course and tests are completed.

The training consists of both lecture and hands-on labs.
Digital Forensics Fundamentals, Chain of Custody, Best Practices for Collecting and Investigating a Variety of Different Digital ItemsPractical Hands- On, Multiple Choice
C)DFE - Certified Digital Forensics ExaminerMile2$995 Includes Training Videos, Labs, E-Book and Exam VoucherComputer Forensic Incidents, Investigative Theory, Investigative Process, Digital Aquisition and Analysis Tools, Disks and Storage, Live Acquisition, Windows Forensics, Linux Forensics, Mac Forensics, Examination Protocols, Digital Evidence Protocols and Preservation, Laboratory Protocols, Specialized Artifact Recovery, eDiscovery and ESI, Mobile Forensics, Incident Handling, ReportingMultiple Choice
C)NFE - Certified Network Forensics ExaminerMile2$995 Includes Training Videos, Labs, E-Book and Exam VoucherDigital Evidence, Network Evidence, Network Forensics, Internet Protocol Suite, Traffic Acquisition Software, Live Acquisition, Phyiscal Interception, Analysis, Layer 2 Protocol, Wireless Access Points, Wireless Attacks, NIDS, Centralized Logging, Syslog, Network Tunneling, Malware Forensics, Network Tunnelling.Multiple Choice
C)IHE - Certified Incident Handling EngineerMile2$995 Includes Training Videos, Labs, E-Book and Exam VoucherIncident Handling, Threats, Vulnerabilities, Exploits, Preparation, First Response, Containment, Eradication, Recovery, Follow-Up, Computer Securirity Incident Response Team, Log File Analysis, Malware, Rootkits, Botnets, Artifact AnalysisMultiple Choice
CompTIA CySA+Jason Dion TrainingTotal (Jason Dion CySA+ Training + CompTIA voucher) = $619

A CompTIA certification voucher is $370

Jason Dion Training offers CySA+ training that includes a study guide, videos, hands-on labs, quizzes, and practice exams for $249. They will also pay for a retake if you don't pass within 60 days of completing the training.
Threat and Vulnerability Management, Software and Systems Security, Security Operations and Monitoring, Incident Response, Compliance and AssesmentBoth Multiple Choice and Practical Hands-On
MITRE ATT&CK DefenderMITRE Engenuity$299 Per Year Includes Training and Certification (There is Free Training on Cybrary Without Certification)Threat Intelligence, Security Operations, Threat EmulationMultiple Choice