SANS Intense Hands-On Pen Testing Skill Development

  • Tuesday, 19 July, 2016 | 09.00 – 17.00 hrs | Melati Room 4011

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Note: There’s an additional fee of S$959 + 7% GST to attend the SANS Workshop. Attendance is only open to those registered for RSA Conference 2016 Asia Pacific & Japan.

To be a top penetration testing professional, you need fantastic hands-on skills for finding, exploiting and resolving vulnerabilities. Top instructors at SANS have engineered a new and exciting pentesting course, SEC561: Intense Hands-on Pen Testing Skill Development (with SANS NetWars), to help you get good fast. The course teaches in-depth security capabilities through 80%+ hands-on exercises, maximizing keyboard time on in-class labs and making this SANS' most hands-on course ever.

This unique 1-day workshop, using content created specially for the SEC561 course, shows penetration testers, vulnerability assessment personnel, auditors, and operations personnel how to leverage in-depth techniques to get powerful results in every one of their projects.

The workshop is overflowing with practical lessons and innovative tips, all with direct hands-on application. Throughout the workshop, students interact with brand new and custom-developed scenarios built on the innovative SANS NetWars challenge infrastructure, which guides them through the numerous hands-on labs providing questions, hints, and lessons learned as they build their skills.

Lab Requirements

Throughout the course, students will participate in hands-on lab exercises. Students must bring their own laptops to class that meet the requirements described below.


Students must bring a Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 7 laptop to class, preferably running natively on the system hardware. It is possible to complete the lab exercises using a virtualized Windows installation, but this will result in reduced performance when running some lab exercises.

Administrative Windows Access

For several tools used in the course, students will be required to perform actions with administrative privileges. Students must have administrative access on their Windows host, including the ability to unload or disable security software such as anti-virus or firewall agents as necessary for the completion of lab exercises.


Students will use a virtualized Linux VMware guest for several lab exercises. VMware Workstation or VMware Player is recommended. Note that there is no cost associated with the use of VMware Player, which can be downloaded from the VMware website. (

While some students successfully use VMware Fusion for the exercises, the relative instability of VMware Fusion may cause delays in carrying out lab exercises, preventing their timely completion. VirtualBox and other virtualization tools are not supported at this time.

Hardware Requirements

Several of the software components used in the course are hardware-intensive and require more system resources than what might be required otherwise for day-to-day use of a system. Please ensure that your laptop meets the following minimum hardware requirements:

  • Minimum 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • Ethernet (RJ45) network interface; students will not be able to complete lab exercises with systems that only have a wireless card
  • 30 GB free hard disk space
  • DVD drive
  • Minimum screen resolution of 1024x768; a larger screen resolution will reduce scrolling in for several applications and enable an easier end-user experience

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