You may remember a while back we reviewed the Penetration Testing – Pro course by eLearnSecurity here – eLearnSecurity – Online Penetration Testing Training and we posted about the course update here – Penetration Testing Course Pro 1.1 – New Version & New Module.
The latest news is they’ve come out with a truly entry level course for ABSOLUTE beginners called Penetration Testing – Student.
It’s basically the definitive online penetration testing training course for beginners. It’s for all those people who e-mail me with no idea where to start, it’s priced competitively and it’s really meant for something starting out fresh.
I think it’s a great initiative as the hardest part of getting into any industry is the very first part, when you don’t even know what you are supposed to be looking for and you can’t start searching because you don’t know the right terms or have the right keywords.
At a glance, this is what you’ll get from the course:
- Learn preliminary skills
- Learn modern hacking techniques
- Understand how penetration testers work
- Test your skills with engaging quizzes
- Practice your skills with exercises
- Learn how to use the best tools
- 14 Video lessons
- Dedicated forums
- 500+ interactive slides
- Easy to follow: Audio narrations, videos and animations
The course itself is rather different to the normal, formal module based training materials we are used to seeing. It just has two basic paths, one which teaches you about stuff like networking and web app basics – this path is titled preliminary skills. The other branch covers penetration testing, but it’s more of a narrative than straight forward module based approach.
So rather than having a module for information gathering, then one for footprinting/scanning and so on – you follow along the process of a penetration test by step. One of the interesting parts is once you have accomplished the reconnaissance/info gathering part you will be presented with the remote network as it was uncovered in the previous stages as seen here:
At this point you can actually click on whichever workstation or server you want to attack and you will then learn the associated techniques, for example I clicked on the Web Server and was presented with this:
It makes the whole learning process a lot more interactive and keeps it interesting rather than the traditional method with modules and slides – which can get a little dry. Especially for a subject like Penetration Testing where you need to cover so many different topics, tools and techniques.
The courseware itself is very in-depth and I feel it does move slow enough for a beginner to take everything. Of course to get the most out of it (as with any form of studying) anyone taking this course will have to do some learning/searching/research/reading on their own.
Other stuff included is 14 small self assessment quizzes at the end of every chapter and a simple lab to get familiar with some tools – it’s using BackTrack and Metasploitable.
Features wise you can work at your own pace and the software remembers what section/slide you were on so you can resume where you left off. Students can also get access to the eLearnSecurity Coliseum web app hacking lab where they can practice web app hacking topics, when it is released (which should be very soon!).
So overall, what’s the conclusion? I think if you are just starting out, perhaps still studying at University or College this is a great place to start. It’ll get your basics up to scratch and start you out without bombarding you with jargon and technical terms.
If you are already pen-testing, or interning or doing any kind of technical stuff – this isn’t really the course for you. I’d suggest you look at the Penetration Testing – Pro course.
This course will get you up to speed on the basics of networking, the tools available, web applications, web application security and the whole process of pen-testing.
If you are really interested I suggest you sign up now, as a reader of Darknet we are offering you 10% off the course.
<strong>COUPON CODE:</strong> DARK-ELS-10
Please note – this coupon will only work until the end of June (June 30th) – so don’t hang around!
For a demo/free module you can sign-up here:
There’s more info here:
And you can find the full syllabus for the course here: