Computer Based Training (CBTs) for Security, Hacking and the Like

Mile2:

Mile 2 offers training on 3 security related programs, and they also work with Career Academy so some of their elearning is the same. They offer CISSP, CPTS, and Wireless Security Courses online. They are very good for intro to hacking and penetration testing material.

CPTS hxxp://www.mile2.com/Certified_Penetration_Testing_Specialist_CPTS.html
CISSP hxxp://www.mile2.com/CISSP_Certification_Training_Course.html
CWSP hxxp://www.mile2.com/CWNA_CWSP_Boot_Camp_Certified_Wireless_Network_Administrator_Certified_Wireless_
Security_Professional_Certification_Training.htm

Career Academy:

CA works with Mile2 instructors to make some cbt’s but also make their own. Their cpts one is the same, as well as their CISSP (i believe the same one by Shon Harris) but they do offer additional ones that are not on the mile2 website. They offer CEH, CPTS, Hacking, CISSP, Security+, SCNS, SCNP.

CEH bootcamp hxxp://www.careeracademy.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=74
CPTS same as Mile2 hxxp://www.careeracademy.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=219
Hacking and Countermeasures hxxp://www.careeracademy.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=95
CISSP Shon Harris hxxp://www.careeracademy.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=268
Security+ N hxxp://www.careeracademy.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=16
SCNS hxxp://www.careeracademy.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=263
SCNP hxxp://www.careeracademy.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=265

SANS Institute:

SANS is the ultimate training in security. They employ some of the best infosec professionals in the industry and really give you the best breakdown of everything. Ed Skoudis happens to be my personal infosec hero. Unfortunately most of their training is only LIVE, and EXPENSIVE. What they offer is training for the GIAC Penetration Tester Cert, CISSP, and other GREAT infosec classes. There is really too much to list (hxxp://www.sans.org/training/courses.php?&pcs=2#security)

Security 401 Security Essentials hxxp://www.sans.org/training/description.php?mid=61
Security 504 Hacker Techniques, Exploits & Incident Handling hxxp://www.sans.org/training/description.php?mid=40
Security 505 Securing Windows hxxp://www.sans.org/selfstudy/description.php?tid=1572
Management 414 CISSP hxxp://www.sans.org/selfstudy/description.php?tid=1527
Webcast for Penetration Testing Ninjitsu, Similar to: hxxp://www.sans.org/selfstudy/description.php?tid=787

Offensive Security:

Offensive Security is run by the guys that make (arguably) the best live linux distro out there, Backtrack 3. They offer two online courses which are EXCELLENT, one called Offensive Security 2.0, the other called Offensive Security Wireless Attacks – Backtrack WiFu.

Backtrack To The Max 1.0 hxxp://www.offensivesecurity.com/training.php#tab1
Offensive Security Wireless Attacks – Backtrack WiFu hxxp://www.offensivesecurity.com/training.php#tab2

CBTPlanet/K-Alliance:

CBT Planet (now knows a K-Alliance) Has Numerous trainings, unfortunately it is hard to verify whether the content is from them or resold from others. They do however have some interesting titles not seen other places that lead me to believe they might make their own stuff, like their ESCA/LPT training and GSEC trainings. They offer CEH, ECSA/LPT, CISSP, Hacking, GSEC, SCNA, SCNP, Security+, as well as numerous topic based CBTs (hxxp://www.cbtplanet.com/security-training-certification-courses-cbt-cdrom.htm) .

EC-Council CEH CBT hxxp://www.cbtplanet.com/ceh.htm
EC-Council ECSA / LPT CBT hxxp://www.cbtplanet.com/ecsa-lpt.htm
CISSP CBT hxxp://www.cbtplanet.com/cissp.htm
GSEC CBT hxxp://www.cbtplanet.com/gsec.htm
Hacking and Countermeasures Available*** Might be the same as CA’s hxxp://www.cbtplanet.com/hacking-penetration-testing-countermeasures.htm
SCNA CBT hxxp://www.cbtplanet.com/scna.htm
SCNP CBT hxxp://www.cbtplanet.com/scnp.htm
SSCP CBT hxxp://www.cbtplanet.com/sscp.htm
Security+ CBT hxxp://www.cbtplanet.com/serverplus.htm

Specialized Solutions:

I haven’t actually heard much about SS’s CBTs. They look professionally done. I cant vouch for if they are just repackaged from another creator though. They are one of a hand full that i see have Securtiy5, and ECSA/LPT training which might mean they make their own training. They have CEH, Security5, ECSA/LPT, Security+, CISSP. Update SS and Quickcerts Trainings are the same.

CEH hxxp://www.specializedsolutions.com/ceh.htm
Security5 hxxp://www.specializedsolutions.com/Security5.htm
ECSA/LPT hxxp://www.specializedsolutions.com/ECSA_LPT.htm
Security+ hxxp://www.specializedsolutions.com/securityplus.htm
CISSP hxxp://www.specializedsolutions.com/cissp.htm

Infosec Institute:

Infosec Institute offers some good titles. They’re online Training is VERY good, id say right up there below SANS. Their CEH and Advanced Ethical Hacking are solid, I haven’t gotten the Pen Testing Bootcamp but I’ll expect the best out of that too. They offer CEH, Advanced CEH (which serves as thier ECSA/LPT calss), Penetration Testing, Intrusion Prevention, and CISSP.

CEH hxxp://www.infosecinstitute.com/courses/hacker_training_online.html
ACEH hxxp://www.infosecinstitute.com/courses/advanced_hacking_online.html
Penetration Testing hxxp://www.infosecinstitute.com/courses/penetration_testing_online.html
Intrusion Prevention hxxp://www.infosecinstitute.com/courses/intrusion_prevention_online.html
CISSP boot camp hxxp://www.infosecinstitute.com/courses/cissp_bootcamp_online.html

QuickCert:

Quickcert has an tremendous amount of training, and they offer previews. They are a very good place to start cbt training and pace their courses slowly so you can really keep up. Unfortunately that leaves a semi-advanced student falling asleep sometimes =P. They DO offer ESCA/LPT, but it is the same as Specialized Solutions. They offer CEH, ECSA/LPT, CNDA, Security+, Security5, and CISSP. They are also one of the FEW to offer the new v6 training for CEH and CNDA training=) Update Specialized solutions and Quickcerts Trainings are the same.

CEH hxxp://www.quickcert.com/ecc_ceh.cfm
ECSA/LPT hxxp://www.quickcert.com/ecc_ecsa_lpt.cfm
Security+ hxxp://www.quickcert.com/comptia_sec.cfm
Security5 hxxp://www.quickcert.com/ecc_security5.cfm
CISSP hxxp://www.quickcert.com/other_cissp.cfm
CNDA hxxp://www.quickcert.com/ecc_cnda.cfm

VTC

I dont have much experience with VTC except knowing that they are a huge retailer for CBTs. For Security they offer Security+, Ethical Hacking, CISSP, and Linux Security CBTs.

Security+ hxxp://www.vtc.com/products/CompTIA-Security-plus-Certification-tutorials.htm
Ethical Hacking hxxp://www.vtc.com/products/Ethical-Hacking-and-Penetration-Testing-tutorials.htm
Linux Security hxxp://www.vtc.com/products/linux-security-tutorials.htm
CISSP hxxp://www.vtc.com/products/cissp-tutorials.htm

Learnkey

I have not reviewed Learn*key yet, but from browsing over them i am not impressed as of yet. They do offer some courses: Hacking Revealed, Security+, and CISSP.

Hacking Revealed hxxp://www.learnkey.com/Hacking_Revealed
Security+ hxxp://www.learnkey.com/Securityplus
CISSP hxxp://www.learnkey.com/CISSP_Certification_Series

CBTDirect

CBTDirect might be a distributor of others CBTs, i am not sure yet. They do offer GSEC and CIW Security professional training which leads me to believe they might do their own stuff, but i am not sure. Hopefully after i get some i can review it. They offer Security+, CISSP, SSCP, CIW, and GIAC GSEC.

Security+ hxxp://cbtdirect.com/DemoCatalog/itcatalog.asp?CurPage=comptia-training.asp&CurDir=\comptia&Script=securityplus/security-plus.asp
CISSP hxxp://cbtdirect.com/DemoCatalog/itcatalog.asp?CurPage=iscmenu.asp&CurDir=\issep&Script=CISSP/CISSP.asp
SSCP hxxp://cbtdirect.com/DemoCatalog/itcatalog.asp?CurPage=iscmenu.asp&CurDir=\issep&Script=SSCP/SSCP.asp
CIW Security Professional hxxp://cbtdirect.com/DemoCatalog/itcatalog.asp?CurPage=\ciw-security.asp&CurDir=\ciw\1D0470&Script=470.asp
GIAC GSEC hxxp://cbtdirect.com/DemoCatalog/itcatalog.asp?CurPage=catalog.asp&CurDir=&Script=/Itcatalog/gsec/gsec.asp

Testout

Testout has a few neat looking courses for InfoSec but i haven’t checked them out yet. I think they make all their own material. They offer CISSP, SSCP, and Security+.

CISSP hxxp://www.testout.com/cissp/index.htm
SSCP hxxp://www.testout.com/SSCP/index.htm
Security+ hxxp://www.testout.com/securityplus/index.htm

Professor Messer

Professor Messer has some fame teaching Nmap, his stuff is pretty good. He offers a CBT (Nmap Secrets) and a book (Secrets of Network Cartography: A Comprehensive Guide to Nmap Second Edition).

Nmap Secrets hxxp://www.professormesser.com/component/option,com_wrapper/Itemid,8/
Secrets of Network Cartography hxxp://www.professormesser.com/content/view/12/9/

Wireshark University

Wireshark University offers GREAT training on Wireshark, as well as network forensics using WS. Taught by Laura Chappell.

Wireshark Functionality and Fundamentals hxxp://www.wiresharktraining.com/Files/wsu01spc_info.pdf
Wireshark TCP/IP Network Analysis hxxp://www.wiresharktraining.com/Files/wsu02spc_info.pdf
Wireshark Troubleshooting Network Performance hxxp://www.wiresharktraining.com/Files/wsu03spc_info.pdf
Wireshark Network Forensics and Security hxxp://www.wiresharktraining.com/Files/wsu04spc_info.pdf

One thought on “Computer Based Training (CBTs) for Security, Hacking and the Like

  1. OffSec101 gets a 6 out of 10 (and improving). Wireshark University I give a 3 out of 10 (but also improving despite the low mark).

    SANS is hit or miss. Most of these others that I have seen are 2 out of 10 at best, but I haven’t seen a lot of the ones that you’ve listed.

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