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How To Make The Most Out Of Security Conferences

The RSA Conference is just around the corner, and this year once again, we’re glad to be sponsoring and attending this world-renowned security event. Attending security conferences can be a smart career move in many ways. Here’s why and how to make the most of them.

Network With Other Professionals 

Whether you are looking or not, security conferences are a great way to discover new job paths, openings, and career opportunities.

If you already have your sight on a specific employer, it’s your chance to shine and network with other employees. If everything goes well, you can even ask for a referral and to pass along your resume.

Who knows, you might even end up going your own way and meet a new potential business partner?

Aside from the obvious career-related advantages, security conferences also offer the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals with the same passion for cybersecurity who might become lifelong friends.

Work On Your Skills

In InfoSec, one can never know everything. That’s why security conferences are such a great way to discover new topics (penetration testing, IoT security, mobile security, supply chain security, cloud security, reverse engineering, social engineering, etc.), learn new skills, and of course, get hands-on around various technical challenges.

Discover New Vendors

If you’re looking (or not) for something specific, chances are you’ll find a vendor that offers just what you’re looking for. Whether it’s a security service, new hardware, or training provider for yourself or your IT Security team, security conferences are the perfect way to look around, discover, and compare vendors to find just what fits you best.

Give Back To The Community

Security conferences are also a way to give back to the community. You can volunteer and help organizers directly to ensure a smooth development of the event or give back to the community individually as a mentor for beginners.

If you owe your success to a past mentor, it might just be the right time to find someone you can help grow within the security industry and work on your industry recognition as an expert at the same time.

HAVE FUN!

Because Cybersecurity is stressful enough as it is, don’t forget to have fun!

Security conferences usually have plenty of activities planned. That be keynote speeches, training sessions, networking hall, CTF challenges, etc. but don’t forget to visit local attractions as well, and clear your mind a little. It might just end up being the trip of a lifetime! 😉

Speaking of fun…

Come say Hi! and meet the eLearnSecurity team at the RSA Conference from March 4 to 8.

We’ll be located at the North Expo Booth #4226, and ready to welcome you with one of our renowned Forged shirts!

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The RSA Conference will once again take place at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. You can register to attend this event here.

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Introduction to Pentesting: From n00b to Professional

So, you want to become a pentester? Penetration testing not only is a financially rewarding career, but professionals in this field also believe this career path to be personally fulfilling. Although, it requires some serious skills to get there! Here’s an introduction to penetration testing and how to take your first step in this field.

Why Penetration Testing Is Important

Penetration testing (pentesting) consists of testing a computer system, network, web application, etc. to find security vulnerabilities before malicious actors do. In other words, Penetration Testers perform ‘deep investigations’ of the remote system security flaws.

This activity requires methodology and skills. Penetration testers, unlike malicious hackers, must test for any and all vulnerabilities, not just the ones that might grant them root access to a system.

Penetration testing is NOT about getting root!!!

The ultimate goal of penetration testers is not to get access as fast as possible, but to thoroughly identify the security posture of an organization, and recommend the right solution/s to fix the vulnerabilities found.

The most important part of the penetration testing methodology — the reporting phase — is often the most looked-upon. That’s a BIG mistake! Indeed, clients will usually judge a pentester’s work based on the quality of his report. This is why writing skills can really come in handy, but more on the skills necessary to succeed in this field later in this article.

Penetration testers, moreover, cannot destroy their clients’ infrastructures. Pentesting requires a thorough understanding of attack vectors and their potential.

In a world ever-more connected, everything can be tested. Here are some of the most common types of pentests:

  • Network Pentesting,
  • Wireless Network Pentesting,
  • Web Application Pentesting,
  • Mobile Application Pentesting,
  • Wifi Pentesting,
  • System Pentesting,
  • Servers Pentesting,
  • IoT Pentesting,
  • Cloud-based Application Pentesting,

But also…

  • Human/Employees can be an organization’s weakest link. To ensure that all employees aware of their risks, and to keep a company secure, Penetration Testers might be asked to perform Social Engineering tests.

Learn the basics of social engineering and how to use popular credential grabbing tools like Modlishka and SET in this webinar by The Ethical Hacker Network and Erich Kron of KnowBe4.

Needless to say, pentesting is a highly practical job! To become a Penetration Tester, you’ll need to learn the theories, methodologies, and most importantly, the hands-on techniques to carry on your tasks.

Below are some of the most important skills to get you started.

The Skills Penetration Testers Need To Succeed

To become a junior penetration tester, you’ll need to have a strong understanding of the networking basics:

  • Routing, Forwarding, TCP/IP
  • Traffic analysis with Wireshark

But also know the pentesting methodology:

  • Information gathering
  • Footprinting and scanning
  • Vulnerability assessments
  • Exploitation 
  • Reporting

And most importantly, know the most common hacking techniques and tools by heart:

  • How web attacks works
  • Basic usage of Nmap, Nessus, BurpSuite, and Metasploit
  • Understanding Buffer Overflows
  • How XSS and SQL Injection work
  • How to hack the human brain (social engineering)

Want to learn the skills and techniques mentioned above? Skip to the next part to see how you can get started.

How To Get Started?

So, you want to become a penetration tester? You might just be in luck!

In the occasion of our Beginners’ Month, we are offering the Penetration Testing Student (PTS) training course in Elite Edition for free with every enrollment in the Penetration Testing Professional (PTP) training course.

Combined together, these two of our best-selling training courses will take you from script kiddie to a more advanced and professional penetration tester level.

We pride ourselves in offering highly practical and self-paced training courses, so you’ll be able to learn new penetration testing skills and techniques from the comfort of your home, at your own pace.

By enrolling in these two courses, you’ll get lifetime access to

  • Thousands of slide course materials,
  • Hundreds of video course materials,
  • Hours of virtual labs based on real-life scenarios,
  • A shiny certificate to prove your practical skills!

Yes, that’s right! You’ll get the chance to prove your skills and become certified eLearnSecurity Junior Penetration Tester (eJPT) after completing the PTS training course and eLearnSecurity Certified Professional Penetration Tester (eCPPT) after the PTP training course.

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Anatomy Of A Great Penetration Tester [Infographic]

Penetration testers are skilled professionals responsible for finding, exploiting & reporting vulnerabilities before malicious hackers do. It is without a doubt a security’s best practice —when done right.  Here’s what makes a professional PenTester.

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February Is Our Beginner Month (Exclusive Offer Inside)

This month, we are celebrating beginners in the IT Security field! For this reason, we are offering all aspiring penetration testers a free PTS training course in Elite Edition with every enrollment in the PTP training course in Elite Edition.

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#MyInfoSecStory Contest: Win The Course Of Your Choice

Has eLearnSecurity or one of our training courses helped you or your career? We’d love to know that story! Get a chance to win your favorite course this month with our #MyInfoSecStory LinkedIn contest. Discover how to enter and the guidelines for your chance win below.

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Top 8 Tools Every Ethical Hacker Should Know [Infographic]

Ethical Hackers rely on a variety of tools to test their clients’ systems, networks, and applications. Find out what are the most commonly used tools that every ethical hacker should know.

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Pros & Cons of a Career in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly popular career choice. Why, you wonder? Read below to find out what InfoSec professionals say are the pros and cons of a career in this field.

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Focus on the Penetration Testing eXtreme Training Course — PTX

Malicious hackers are becoming increasingly smart. But so are IT Security professionals! See how the Penetration Testing eXtreme (PTX) training course can help you learn advanced techniques to keep your organization out of harm’s way.

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See what some of our students say about this course, read their reviews below:

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Focus on the Web Application Penetration Testing eXtreme Training Course — WAPTX

Cyber attacks against web applications are very common. According to Positive Technologies, the most popular attacks involve Cross-Site Scripting, SQL Injection, Local File Inclusion, Path Traversal, Remote Code Execution, and OS Commanding.

To defend against such attacks, security professionals must learn to “think like an attacker”. Here’s how the Web Application Penetration Testing eXtreme (WAPTX) training course can help you learn the red-teaming and advanced web app security techniques to do just that.

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20+ Free Resources To Legally Practice Your Ethical Hacking Skills

There’s no better way to gaining confidence in your ethical hacking skills than by actually practicing them in real-life. So, where can one do that? We searched the web for solutions, and here are the top free resources we found.

  1. Hack.me hosts a number of vulnerable apps and allows its community to build, host and share their vulnerable application code for educational and research purposes. 

  2. Hack The Box is an online platform allowing you to test your penetration testing skills and exchange ideas and methodologies with other members of similar interests.
  3. Hack This Site is more than just another hacker wargames site, it’s a living, breathing community with many active projects in development.
  4. Try2Hack provides several security oriented challenges for your entertainment.
  5. HackThis  is a legal and safe network security resource where users test their hacking skills on various challenges and learn more about hacking.
  6. CTF365 allows you to defend your servers and launch attacks on others, all using the exact same techniques that work in the real world.
  7. OverTheWire helps you learn and practice security concepts in the form of fun-filled games.
  8. Hacking-Lab  is providing CTF and mission style challenges for international competitions, like the European Cyber Security Challenge.
  9. Pwnable.kr is a non-commercial wargame site which provides various pwn challenges regarding system exploitation.
  10. SmashTheStack is a wargaming Network hosting several wargames.
  11. IO is a wargaming community with several free wargames available.
  12. Microcorruption is an embedded security CTF where you have to reverse engineer fictional Lockitall electronic lock devices.
  13. W3Challs  is a penetration testing platform, which offers various computer challenges, in categories related to security: Hacking, Cracking, Wargame, Forensic, Cryptography, Steganography and Programming.
  14. PWN0 is the VPN where (almost) anything goes, that allows you to go up against pwn0bots or other users and score points by gaining root on other systems.
  15. Hellbound Hackers is a completely legal, web-based security training ground, offering challenges that teach you how computer based exploits work.
  16. Damn Vulnerable iOS App (DVIA) provides a platform to mobile security enthusiasts/professionals or students to test their iOS penetration testing skills in a legal environment.

  17. Root Me allows you to practice your ethical hacking skills across a variety of scenarios.
  18. CTFtime  is great resource to stay up-to-date on CTF events happening around the globe.
  19. WebGoat is an insecure app available for Windows, OS X Tiger and Linux and also runs in Java and .NET environments.
  20. Juice Shop  is an insecure web application based on JavaScript for anyone that’s into coding or testing JavaScript but don’t understand the security issues that can arise. 

  21. Hackademic is an OWASP open-source project and offers 10 realistic scenarios which are full of vulnerabilities

  22. Hackxor  is a web app hacking game focusing on cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery and SQL injection vulnerabilities. 

  23. BodgeIt Store  is a vulnerable web application which is currently aimed at people who are new to pen testing.
  24. EnigmaGroup is designed for anyone that wishes to improve their security knowledge and hosts a wide variety of vulnerabilities

  25. Google Gruyere is designed for the absolute beginner to learn how hackers find security vulnerabilities, how they exploit web applications and how to protect applications from being exploited.

Tools to legally practice your ethical hacking skills are not what’s missing on the web, and some really good ones are even free to use. Let us know if you’ve tried some other good ones and think they’d be a great addition to this list. 😉 

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6 Ways Our Training Will Benefit Your Career

Each month, thousands of students advance their IT Security skills with our proven training paths, either individually or via our customized corporate plans. We think we can add serious value to YOUR career as well, so here’s why you should consider our training courses.

1. Online learning

You can obtain both the theoretical and practical skills from the comfort of your own home or office. A major benefit is that you can decide when to learn, and you can do so at your own speed. This also saves time and additional cost for travel and accommodation.

2. Thousands of slide course materials

Interactive learning at your own speed, skipping back and forth to fully understand each topic before practicing labs and/or taking your exam. Slides will always be available to you in your member’s area. Depending on the Edition you enroll in, you’ll be able to download your course materials or access them from your mobile to study on-the-go.

3. Hours of video course materials

Videos help illustrate and understand complicated topics from the course slides more easily. Depending on the Edition you enroll in, you’ll be able to download videos or access them from your mobile to study on-the-go.

4. Numerous hands-on and real-life lab scenarios

There is no substitute for learning IT Security hands-on, just like learning how to drive a car. You have to sit in it to fully learn the skills. All the labs of this training course simulate real-life scenarios. Having access to your very own lab environment will also allow you to pause, stop, and reset your labs as needed.

5. Lifetime access to all course materials & labs

Nobody can remember everything, you can always come back to double check on something you learned. Slides, videos, and labs no longer expire!

6. Exam voucher to get certified included

There is no additional cost or headache to get certified. Your course content in the Full and Elite Editions covers everything that is needed to pass the exam. Ready to prove your practical IT Security skills?

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6 Ways To Learn New Infosec Skills

Staying up-to-date with the latest threats and techniques as well as how to counter them is a challenge for all security professionals. To help boost your efforts with what is a steep learning curve, here are 6 ways to advance your skills — and stimulate your career at the same time.

1. Read a good ol’ book

Because you can read them while you’re commuting to work or before you fall asleep, reading books is a great way to make the most of your valuable time. Or better yet, put down the video game controller, stop binge-watching the latest shows and get to work! Reading will allow you to learn the basics, methodologies, and techniques of whatever topics that you feel you need to push your career forward. Here are some books of varying levels that you can start to read this new year:

Helpful hint! Although there’s nothing like the feel of an actual, physical book, reading electronic copies of books has many advantages for the life-long learner. Highlighting text of a word, phrase or idea that is unfamiliar, allows you to make notes or search for more information before continuing. This is especially helpful when learning an entirely new skill and getting the foundational concepts solidified in your head. And, of course, it’s great on your back not having to lug huge volumes everywhere you go. It’s especially handy for reference materials that you won’t need every day.

2. Find a mentor

Seeking a mentor can be an extremely effective strategic career move.

There’s nothing better than learning by doing, but you will get stuck. And there’s only so much time to try harder when facing a real-world crisis, especially when no amount of trial-and-error or searching is getting you the solutions you need. That’s why having an expert to lean on is one of the best ways to quickly learn new skills. No one can be an expert in everything, so having multiple mentors is incredibly helpful.

But don’t be greedy with their time and always remember to help in return either directly or by paying it forward.

Not only can mentors help you acquire new technical skills, but they can also assist with soft skills such as identifying your strengths and weaknesses, how to better communicate and what pitfalls you might face when advancing your career. According to John White, here’s how to seek out a good mentor.

3. Attend security conferences

Security conferences are another great way to learn new skills, because you can not only attend keynote speeches to discover new topics but also participate in CTF challenges and training of all sorts. One great thing to do at conferences is networking with other professionals. That way, you’ll get an idea about what other career paths and jobs are like, and get a clearer view of what can work for you, too.

To know more about the wide range of security conferences 2019 has in store around the world, check out The Ethical Hacker Network’s Global Calendar of Security Events.

4. Network with other professionals

By networking with other professionals, you will discover new areas of security, techniques, skills or career paths available to take your own career to the next level. This is not just at conferences or online via LinkedIn but also at local meetups or online communities.

Another untapped resource could be the very company for which you already work. If it’s a large organization, there might just be email lists or slack channels of like-minded professionals that you would never meet otherwise.

Who knows? You might even meet your future employer or business partner. 😉

5. Make good use of free resources

In an industry as tactical as cybersecurity, practical skills are a MUST. Many online tools are available for you to test and practice your skills at no cost to you! Here are a few examples:

Another proven way to build your skillset and get more confidence for free is by hunting for vulnerabilities and bugs on dedicated platforms, such as Bugcrowd. You’ve got nothing to lose, everything to win. Interested? Here’s how to get started with bug bounties.

6. Enroll in practical training courses

Finally, the most complete way to learn new skills and acquire real-life security know-how is by enrolling in an online training course. Online training courses are such good options because they allow you to learn at your own pace, from the comfort of your own home. Here’s what to look for in an online training course:

  • Non-expiry or lifetime access to course materials
  • Mobile-Accessible materials for studying on the go
  • Up-to-date study materials (in terms of what is taught and techniques used)
  • Highly practical training, with numerous virtual labs, preferably based on real-life scenarios
  • Different formats of training materials (slides, videos, labs, etc.)
  • Availability of practical certification, to prove your skills

To help security professionals stay up-to-date with the latest cyber threats and techniques to defend against them, numerous books, security conferences, free online resources, and practical training courses are at your disposal. Whatever options best fit you, be sure to remember that consistent practice and determination will always be the best path to success. For this reason, it shouldn’t just be your resolution for 2019, but rather make it your personal mission this year and beyond to take advantage of these opportunities. Good luck!

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What Makes a Professional Penetration Tester?

Penetration testers, often called “ethical hackers,” are highly skilled professionals that test computer networks, systems, applications, etc. for vulnerabilities before malicious (or unethical) hackers do. Find out what it takes to be an invaluable pentester below.

The Role At A Glance

On a daily basis, penetration testers are in charge of protecting their organization’s networks, systems, and/or applications. To do that, they’ll perform “ethical hacks” or “penetration tests” of networks to identify potential vulnerabilities or report them to higher authorities with professional recommendations. Their responsibilities are continously expanding with the number of new threats each year.

There are 3 main career options for professional penetration testers, either in-house, as part of a consulting firm (or their own consulting business), or also as freelancers.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), information security analysts, including penetration testers, make an annual median salary of $95,510. Additionally, their employment is expected to grow 28% by 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Day-2-Day Responsibilities

On a daily basis, penetration testers are responsible for testing a company’s network, infrastructure, application, etc. for vulnerabilities, ensuring that all assets are secure. In greater details, pentesters will:

  • Conduct Tests on Networks and Applications: In an attempt to find potential vulnerabilities that companies may have on their systems, web, or mobile applications, penetration testers will test them for vulnerabilities.
  • Physical Security Assessments: Because vulnerabilities can be present on physical servers and networks, pentesters will test there too.
  • Conduct Security Audits: By conducting audits, penetration testers can establish the overall security risks of a company and recommend best practices to follow.
  • Analyze Security Policies: Companies often think they have strong security policies… until breached. Testing them with real-life scenarios will only confirm (or deny) such statements and policies.
  • Write Security Assessment Reports: Because no job is really done without a final report, penetration testers will regroup their findings and recommendations on a penetration test report destined to either their employer or client.’

Of course, responsibilities might vary depending on the seniority of professional pentesters, and the size and/or needs of the company they work for.

Necessary Skills

Professional penetration testers know that practical skills are crucial, but so are personal skills… Here are some of the most important skills to have to be a successful penetration tester:

TECHNICAL SKILLS:
  • System Security— The processes involved with keeping information confidential and assuring its integrity.
  • Network Security— The security testing methodology, techniques, and tools for networked PC and devices.
  • Web Applications— The testing methodology, techniques, and tools for web applications.
  • Mobile Applications— The testing methodology, techniques, and tools for mobile applications.
  • WiFi Security— All the attack techniques and tools used against Wi-Fi networks, and how to detect them.
  • Social Engineering— Deep knowledge of the most modern social engineering attacking techniques.
  • Advanced Reconnaissance & Enumeration— How to retrieve the most important pieces of information out of Active Directory, while remaining undetected.
  • Reverse Engineering— The techniques and tools to deconstruct software, malware, and all ranges of attacks.
PERSONAL SKILLS:
  • Organizational Skills— An important part of any penetration test is the reporting phase. To do that, pentesters need to stay organized through the pentest, note down all kinds of important information that they will be required to include in their final report. Clients often judge the work of pentesters by the quality of their report — hence the importance of being organized.
  • Writing Skills— While being organized is a great skill to have, pentesters should also have good writing skills. Most of the people that will read the pentest report will be executives from the C-Suite level or non-security related fields. For them to understand your report and recommendations to fix the found vulnerabilities, you need to be able to write in a normal way, so stay clear of the infosec jargon.

Penetration testing can be a rewarding career. Indeed, professionals in this field not only like their job for obvious financial reasons, but also find this job to be highly satisfying in terms of accomplishments.

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Our Amazing 2018, Thanks To You

Before 2018 has officially come and gone, let’s take a quick trip down memory lane and see the events that made up this amazing year.

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That’s a wrap! The team would like to thank each and every one of you for trusting eLearnSecurity to advance your careers, always being an active part of our community, and for helping us reach new heights every year.

Happy New Year, everybody!

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Security Incidents: Incident Handling vs Incident Response

Security incidents continuously make our morning headlines and cause enormous damages and reputational harm to organizations worldwide. It’s inevitable that stronger and costlier incidents will happen. To be prepared, companies rely on their computer security incident handling and response teams. But — what do the terms Incident Handling and Incident Response mean? Find out.

What Is A Security Incident?

According to the Computer Security Incident Handling Guide by NIST, only events with a negative consequence are considered security incidents. Such events can be system crashes, packet floods, unauthorized use of system privileges, unauthorized access to sensitive data and execution of destructive malware. Malicious insiders, availability issues and loss of intellectual property all fall under the scope of incident handling and incident response as well.

Incident Handling VS Incident Response

  • Incident Response is defined as the summary of technical activities performed to analyze, detect, defend against and respond to an incident.
  • Incident Handling is defined as the summary of processes and predefined procedural actions to effectively and actionably handle/manage an incident.

Oftentimes, Incident Handling and Incident Response are synonymous. NIST’s Computer Security Incident Handling Guide also mentions the same, and probably for the best.

Choosing to differentiate the two functions can result in incident miscommunication and mishandling, due to lack of technical knowledge from the incident handlers’ side.

Preferably, the two functions should be indistinguishable on an organization and manned with trained, or at least knowledgeable, IT professionals. Not only that, but the transition from handling to response and the incident communication, in general, should be an extremely fine-tuned and silky-smooth process. This means, that the incident handling and incident response functions should work in such a cooperative, communicative and actionable manner, so as to look like one function.

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The 4 Steps Of Incident Handling & Response

An estimated 3.6 billion records were breached in the first 9 months of 2018 alone. While these numbers show some improvement, cyber incidents will inevitably continue to happen. For that, security professionals need to know the Incident Handling and Response processes.

According to NIST’s Computer Security Incident Handling Guide, the Incident Response (IR) life cycle is made of 4 phases, as shown below.

1. Preparation

In this initial phase, organizations plan to handle incidents and attempt to limit the number of potential incidents by selecting and implementing a set of controls based on the results of risk assessments. This step involves outlining everyone’s responsibility, hardware, tools, documentation, etc. and taking steps to reduce the possibility of an incident happening.

2. Detection & Analysis

In this phase, the IR team analyzes all the symptoms reported and confirms whether or not the situation would be classified as an incident.

3. Containment, Eradication, and Recovery
In this phase, The IR team now gathers intel and create signatures that will help them identify each compromised system. With this information, the organization can mitigate the impact of incidents by containing them and countermeasures can be put in place to neutralize the attacker and restore systems/data back to normal.
4. Post-incident Activities

This is more of a ‘lesson learned’ phase. Its goal is to improve the overall security posture of the organization and to ensure that similar incidents won’t happen in the future.

When incidents happen, we tend to panic and wonder “what now?”. It’s important to remain calm and follow best practices and company procedures. For this reason, NIST has published its Computer Security Incident Handling Guide to lead you through the preparation, detection, handling, and recovery steps of Incident Handling & Response.

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Top 10 Skills Every Purple Teamer Must Have

Today, cyber threats are created faster and are in a more sophisticated manner than ever before. Bad actors are ready to go the extra mile to get their hands on all types of organizations, industries, and information. So, in a hyper-connected world where everyone is a target, what are the top skills purple teamers need to have? Find out.
Top 10 Skills Every Purple Teamer Must Have
  1. Web Application Penetration Testing — It is the process of using penetration testing techniques on a web application to detect its vulnerabilities before cybercriminals do.
  2. Mobile Penetration Testing — Mobile apps are becoming an increasing asset for businesses, but a threat at the same time. To make sure customers’ data is secure, mobile apps need to be tested for vulnerabilities as well.
  3. WiFi Penetration Testing —  A compromised wifi puts an entire’s organization network at risk. WiFi penetration testing is a crucial skill for IT Security professionals in 2018, and hiring managers know it.
  4. Advanced Social Engineering — Knowing the various means by which attackers can use social engineering techniques to gain access to an organization’s data is a great skill for all security professionals. You’ll need to be aware of the psychology and technical elements involved in phishing, vishing, baiting, etc.
  5. Advanced Adversary Simulation — By performing security assessments that simulate adversary attacks, an organization’s security is put to the test — from inside out, and focused on what attackers can get access to when successfully penetrating an organization’s environment.
  6. Defense Evasion — Defense Evasion is a tactic an adversary may use to bypass an information security device in order to ‘evade’ detection, or other defenses. Needless to say, it’s a red-teamer’s essential skill too.
  7. Threat Hunting — Threat Hunting skills come with knowing how to proactively search through networks to detect and isolate advanced threats that may have evaded existing security solutions.
  8. Threat Intelligence — By knowing how to analyze internal and external threats an organization may face, you are gathering threat intelligence. This knowledge will then help you make more informed decisions on potential remediation solutions, plans, etc.
  9. Incident Response — Incident response skills come with being able to address and manage the aftermath of a security breach or cyber attack. This comes in handy in a world where an attack happens every 39 seconds on average.
  10. Endpoint Monitoring — Endpoints are typically the initial target because they provide an entry point to the network, and therefore, access to the data attackers want. Knowing how to thoroughly monitor those endpoints and detect unknown threats is a valuable skill for any IT security professional to have.
How Can You Get There?

The purple teamer training path was designed as a guide for you to become equally skilled in both advanced offensive and defensive security techniques. This training path includes the latest versions of our Penetration Testing Professional (PTP), Penetration Testing Extreme (PTX), and Threat Hunting Professional (THP) training courses. Dive into the Purple Teamer path with a free demo of each course and see for yourself!

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