The CRTP Review

I think the Pentester Academy site has covered the syllabus of the Certified Red Team Professional (CRTP) which is somewhat of a misnomer because today’s definition of red-teaming goes far beyond what this course covers: Active Directory penetration testing and defence techniques. Note that the attack methodology and tips given by the instructor, Nikhil Mittal,…

The AWAE/OSWE Journey: A Review

Students who are familiar with the PWK/OSCP understand that the field of penetration testing is broad, and at times, overwhelming because there is a lot to learn. Does the AWAE/OSWE come across as significantly less broad? Well, not exactly, because web applications are extremely diverse. Let us take the white box/black box approach to examine…

Pre-OSWE Jitters

Dear Offsec, I’ve never quite felt such a magnitude of ph33r in any examination so far, but the thought of facing a L100 behemoth for 48 hours in a week’s time is frightening indeed. I was a L10 servant in infosec before the AWAE course, and now I’m barely a L30 archer. Spending countless days…

Building Vulnerable Machines: Part 1 — An Easy OSCP-like Machine

Apologies for the delay; I have been away on a “pseudo-holiday”, or “service break” — I’ve been wanting to write something security-related this month, but found myself a little out of time. This series will be broken into three parts. Part 1: General Design Principles Part 2: Building a Machine (with an example) Part 3:…

A Digression: The Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) — Part 2 of 3

#offsec #pentest #training #tryharder I want to try harder and earn my OSCP! What should I do? Well, this part of the review is meant for you! How Much Did the Author Know Before Taking the OSCP? Unlike most people who took the OSCP, I took it knowingly that my fundamentals were not good. After all, my background…

A Digression: The Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) — Part 1 of 3

#offsec #pentest #training #tryharder (Note to all who have read Part I on my other page — yes, I’m in the midst of shifting my blog; this is a replication of Part I on my previous site, with very minor edits.) (WARNING: This review is very cheesy. If you can’t take it, try harder.) Many a…

Introduction to the Digital World — Part 2 of 5

Data is a collection of facts. By itself, data tells no stories. Humans interpret data and craft stories to “explain the data”, hereby providing meaning. This is the heart of data analytics. The digital world has provided the platform where data analytics has driven almost every business, for better or worse. “He who controls data controls…