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Building and Breaking: Networks

Course Overview

Our "Building and Breaking" series is ideal for those looking to break into cyber security as a career or develop their security testing skills. So whether you're a system admin looking to build more secure networks, or wanting to become a penetration tester in the future - this course will help you build the key skills needed for your role.

This course covers the methodology for performing effective security testing, an overview of common vulnerabilities and defensive mechanisms, and hands-on labs to let you test your understanding and experiment with common real-world vulnerabilities.

The Methodology

There's more to effective security testing and secure system development than just knowing about vulnerabilities and their exploitation - we also cover the stages of a penetration test to ensure that your approach to security testing achieves good coverage

Hands-on Labs

Our bespoke hands-on labs are based on a realistic virtualised network, allowing you to safely test the skills you've gained during the day to ensure you've understood the fundamentals and can apply them to an example system:

  • Network Mapping
  • Vulnerability Discovery
  • User Account Compromise
  • Local Privilege Escalation
  • Domain Privilege Escalation
  • Network Propagation
  • Gaining Persistence


Whilst it's often the least talked about part of security testing - remediation is of course the most important. It doesn't matter how many vulnerabilities you find if you can't quickly and effectively explain to the team how they can fix them. For each vulnerability discussed we will discuss a specific remediation, as well as giving examples of hardening options throughout to make devices more resilient to attacks in general.

Report Writing

Whatever the reason you're hutting security bugs is, you'll very likely need to share the findings of your hunting with other people. Therefore we'll also cover effective report writing techniques. Covering how to write reports efficiently so you can spend more time hacking, as well as how to ensure that your report includes the right amount of technical detail within the description, steps to recreate, and remediation sections.

For those looking specifically to break into a penetration testing role, we can also include content based around common recruitment techniques and technical assessments used by penetration testing companies to ensure that you're in the best position to secure your first role.

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