Penetration Testing with Backtrack v3

Well it has been quite some time since my last post. I did not die though, I have just been very busy with my new job but I decided it was about time I started to make some time to blog.

Anyway, I am currently working on the PWB v3 course from Offensive Security and it is the best training course I have ever done. I am two weeks in and have learned so much already, even if I don’t pass the final exam and get the OSCP certification it will have been well worth while (I will pass the exam though, even if it takes me more than one try).

The training materials consist of a PDF file and over 7 hours of video where Mati Aharoni (muts) demonstrates the material covered in the PDF, you can find the course syllabus here and also a demo video here.

At the end of each module you are given exercises to carry out in offsecs fantastic lab network. Each student is provided with a VPN connection to the lab network, a Windows XP lab machine and a large variety of servers to practice your skills on. The course also has ‘extra mile’ exercises which will encourage you to expand on what you have learned in the course by giving you problems to solve that will require further research and learning. You are then invited to gain access to as many machines on the lab network as you can and detail all of your findings in a penetration test report.

I have not sat the final exam and don’t think I will be ready for some time yet, but I will report back when I do and let you know how I got on.

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