In this series, you'll gain an understanding of the core concepts, techniques, tools and "lingo" used in the security field. NOTE: Crypto information for this Path is provided through two courses, one of which is shared with our SSCP path.
This course will start you down the path of becoming an Ethical Hacker, or in other words; become a "Security Profiler." You will learn to start thinking and looking at your network through the eyes of malicious attackers. You will learn to understand the motivation of an attacker. It is the duty of all System Admins and Security Professionals to protect their infrastructure from not only outside attackers but also attackers within your company. We will cover the terminology used by attackers, the difference between "hacking" and "ethical hacking", the phases of hacking, the types of attacks on a system, what skills an Ethical Hacker needs to obtain, types of security policies, why Ethical Hacking is essential, how to be in the "know" of what's happening in the hacking world, who a "hacker" is, what are the biggest security attack vectors, and more. This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series. http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking
As an Ethical Hacker, you've been asked to do a "Blackbox" attack on a customer's infrastructure. Your first step is finding out as much as you can about the "target." You accomplish this via reconnaissance/footprinting. This is the initial stage in gaining a blueprint of the security profile of a target, and it is accomplished in an organized manner. Reconnaissance is one of the three "pre-attack phases," and results in a unique profile of an organization's networks and systems. "Reconning" an organization is necessary in order to systematically gather all the related data in regards to the technologies deployed within the network. Reconnaissance can take up to 90% of the time during penetration testing or an actual attack. We'll show you how attackers are currently reconning your company, as well as discuss in detail the steps of reconnaissance. Finally we'll look at some possible countermeasures to help discourage attackers. This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series. http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking
So, after reconnaissance, we need to scan for basics, kind of like knocking on all the doors to see who is home and what they look like. Then, when you find a machine that's "live", we need to get to know it really well, asking some rather personal questions like, "what OS are you running?" or "what applications are you running?" and "which ports are listening on the network?". We'll go over all you'll need to know for the exam regarding scanning, and play with some pretty fun tools along the way. This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series. http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking
Enumeration is the first official attack at your target. Enumeration is the process of gathering information that might include user names, computer names, network shares, services running, and other possible points of entry. This course we'll show different techniques that can be used against your network. This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series. http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking
This is what it all comes down to. After we've done our research, we've found our target, and identified its services, shares, users and resources, it’s time to take total and complete control of this box. In turn, we then use this box to repeat our efforts to pwn more boxes within the network as well as grab any intellectual property that could be of great worth. This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series. http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking
The easiest way to get into a system or network is to get someone to let us in. Do you pirate software, movies, music, or heaven forbid - an operating system? I'm about 99.999% sure you've already been pwned. Malware is specifically designed to gain access or damage systems without the knowledge of the victim. Malware is on the rise due to the sheer volume of new types that are easily created daily, and the money that can be made through organized Internet crime. We'll talk about the various malware types, including viruses, Trojans, and worms. Now, we won't leave you in despair, we'll also talk about countermeasures and ways to detect these bad boys. This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series. http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking
There's so much an attacker can learn from simply "listening" or sniffing your network. Passwords? Check. Emails? check, and the list goes on and on. This course, Ethical Hacking: Sniffing (part of the Ethical Hacking series) will clarify the central ideas of sniffing and their utilization in hacking exercises. You'll also learn how imperative it is for security professionals to be "up" on sniffers and their methods. Furthermore, you'll be shown a plethora of instruments and procedures utilized as part of securing your network from these types of attacks. By the end of this course, you'll understand much more about sniffing and how to keep your data protected.
Buffer overflow is a topic that only software developers using low-level programming languages really get an opportunity to fully understand. However, IT security professionals are increasingly called upon to better understand how vulnerabilities created by poor software design and implementation practices can be exploited to create security issues in systems and networks. The problem is that most IT professionals do not have the extensive software development background needed to tackle the subject of buffer overflow. This course breaks down the technical subjects of computer memory management, controlling code, and data inside of a running program, and exploiting poor quality software into terms that IT people with no software development experience can understand. Also examined are ways to prevent buffer overflow conditions and minimize the impact of buffer overflows that do happen. This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series. http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking
Security defenses within information systems focus primarily on technology controls, that is, security is implemented within physical appliances and software. These controls are frequently bypassed when the humans themselves are compromised by a social engineering attack. Social engineering involves compromising the individuals that use these systems. Attackers look to exploit weaknesses in human nature and coerce people into performing actions which give the attacker an advantage. In this course, we'll look at various different social engineering techniques that can be used to compromise systems. We'll also look at both computer-based and behavior-based tools to help defend against this risk. This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series. http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking
Denial of service attacks typically seek to render a service unavailable by flooding it with malicious traffic so that it becomes unresponsive to legitimate requests. In this course, Ethical Hacking: Denial of Service (part of the Ethical Hacking series), you'll look at the purposes of these attacks, ranging from disrupting gaming adversaries, to hacktivism, and to law enforcement by government agencies. You'll also explore various ways attacks are constructed and the weaknesses they exploit in order to be successful. Finally, you'll delve into defensive patterns to help protect services from malicious attacks. By the end of this course, you'll have a much better understanding of denial of service attacks and how to protect yourself from them.
Session persistence is a fundamental concept in information systems. On the web, for example, which is dependent on the stateless HTTP protocol, session persistence is a key component of features ranging from shopping carts to the ability to logon. At a lower level on the network tier, the TCP protocol relies on sessions for communication between machines such as a client and a server. The confidentiality and integrity of this communication can be seriously impacted by a session hijacking attack. Learning how to identify these risks is an essential capability for the ethical hacker. Systems are frequently built insecurely and readily expose these flaws. Conversely, the risks are often easy to defend against by implementing simple patterns within the application. This course walks through both the risks and the defenses. This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series. http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking
Vulnerabilities in web server implementations are frequently the vector by which online attackers compromise systems. The impact can range from short periods of outage, to the total disclosure of sensitive internal information. There are many different levels an attacker may focus their efforts on, including the application, the host operating system, and of course the web server itself. Each has their own weaknesses and each must have the appropriate defenses in place to ensure resiliency from online attacks. In this course, we'll look at various attack vectors in web servers. These include exploiting misconfigured servers, leveraging weaknesses in unpatched environments, compromising weak SSL implementations and much, much more. This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series. http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking
The security profile of web applications is enormously important when it comes to protecting sensitive customer data, financial records, and reputation. Yet, web applications are frequently the target of malicious actors who seek to destroy these things by exploiting vulnerabilities in the software. Most attacks against web applications exploit well known vulnerabilities for which tried and tested defenses are already well-established. Learning these patterns – both those of the attacker and the defender – is essential for building the capabilities required to properly secure applications on the web today. In this course, we'll look a range of different security paradigms within web applications both conceptually and in practice. They'll be broken down into detail, exploited, and then discussed in the context of how the attacks could have been prevented. This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series. http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking
Ever since we started connecting websites to databases, SQL injection has been a serious security risk with dire ramifications. The ability for attackers to run arbitrary queries against vulnerable systems can result in data exposure, modification, and in some cases, entire system compromise. SQL injection is classified as the number one risk on the web today due to the "perfect storm" of risk factors. It's very easily discoverable, very easily exploited, and the impact of a successful attack is severe. Add to that the fact that injection risks remain rampant, it's clear how it deserves that number one spot. This course takes you through everything from understanding the SQL syntax used by attackers, basic injection attacks, database discovery and data exfiltration, advanced concepts, and even using injection for network reconnaissance and running system commands. It's everything an ethical hacker needs to know to be effective in identifying the SQL injection risk in target systems. This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series. http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking
Great! You have just finished setting up your wireless network. You did everything you were suppose to, like giving your SSID a unique name and securing your network with a strong password, so that someone can't piggyback off your network. Now that you are "safe and secure," you don't have to worry about hackers right? SLOW DOWN there skippy. While you have taken the "basic" steps required, you still need to be aware of some hacking methods that can be used to gain access to your network, despite your precautions. You also need to be very wary whenever you are accessing the network that is not your own, and let's not forget about other wireless technology; Bluetooth. This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series. http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking.
Okay, who here DOESN'T have a mobile device? Hands anyone? Didn't think so. Mobile devices have, at an alarming rate, become extremely popular with users and businesses. So next question, what are you doing about it's security? Anyone? Most folks have approached mobile devices with the attitude of "if it works, syncs, and plays games, I'm good". Overlooking this side of technology will lead you into one day appearing on an online video with the words "FAIL" plastered across your company's logo (or your face!). This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series. http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking
Most modern networks are protected by a combination of intrusion detection systems and firewalls. Increasingly, they may also include honeypots as a means of early detection of malicious activity. Attackers are constantly looking for ways of evading these defenses in order to render them ineffective. They're seeking to both gain access to resources which are intended to be beyond their reach, and do so in a stealthy manner so as to go undetected. In this course, we'll look at the advantages each of these security defenses provides and the roles they play in securing networks. We'll then look at how attackers seek to undermine their effectiveness by employing a range of techniques that help them evade detection. This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series. http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking.
"The Cloud" is revolutionizing how we run software and services by providing low cost, flexible, and innovative alternatives to traditional hosting models. However, with the shift to cloud comes new security considerations. The cloud isn't more secure or less secure, rather it's differently secure; it strengthens security profiles in many areas whilst presenting new risks in others. Then again, many of the traditional risks in software don't change at all. In this course, we'll look at the ways the cloud can enable us to build more secure software than ever, whilst also identifying where it can leave us more vulnerable. We'll also look at "hardening" the cloud â€“ how can we take this new computing paradigm and use it to strengthen our security profiles? This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series. http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking
In this course, you will learn to understand and apply fundamental concepts of cryptography, the learner will understand requirements for cryptography, understand and support secure protocols, and will gain an understanding of how to operate and implement cryptographic systems. This course is part of the Ethical Hacking Series. http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-ethical-hacking. Please make sure to watch SSCPÂ®: Cryptography.
In this course, you will learn to understand and apply fundamental concepts of cryptography, the learner will understand requirements for cryptography, and will understand and support secure protocols, the learner will operate and implement cryptographic systems.
What's penetration testing? Well it's simple, as security professionals our job is to make it extremely difficult to get inside our systems. Remember, you can't stop attackers, your job is to slow them down. How? Let's start by doing exactly what the attacker will do. Penetration testing (pen testing) is the practice of attacking your own network or that of a client's, using the same tools, techniques, and steps that an attacker would. The purpose of pen testing is to expose gaps, weaknesses, and possible entry points without doing any real damage. In this course, you will learn how to prepare, execute a pen test, and how you should report your results in a way that will add value to your time and efforts.
This material is meant to be entry-level, but you should have a strong understanding in TCP/IP and operating systems, with at least one year of experience with networking technologies.