Today’s blog post will be on how to get started with pentesting… on a budget.
If you’re following or reading my twitter timeline (@devsecopsgrl007), you will know that I am currently taking SANS SEC542 – Web App Penetration Testing. I am doing this class OnDemand (online), and I have access to the training for 4 months, along with two practice tests, and the certification (once I pass, putting it into existence!) While this course is GREAT, it is EXPENSIVE!
I know if you’re a student, this is WAY out of your price range. So, I would like to list alternatives where you will learn the same content, but it might take you a bit longer.
So without further ado here’s my list:
- Skillshare has a Ethical Hacking package that is $19 for 8 courses. These courses original value was $1,273 – which is a 99% savings. You can buy the class HERE.
- There’s a book that is the holy grail for Web Pentesting called, “The Web Application Hacker’s Handbook: Finding and Exploiting Security Flaws” This book has a lab accompanied with the book that is $7/hour. You can buy the book HERE.
- Another book, Penetration Testing Essentials, is another GREAT book. It gives an overview of the different concepts of pentesting. You can buy the book HERE.
- Joe McCray has a Pentester Candidate Program that is also a GREAT program. Follow Joe on twitter (j0emccray) or his program – @infosecaddicts
- PentesterLab has a program – PentesterLabPro where you can pay $19.99/month, or pay for a year and get two months free. More information can be found HERE. PentesterLab also has a bootcamp which is free. More information can be found HERE.
- PentesterAcademy has a monthly subscription for $39.99/month. The good thing about PentesterAcademy is they have A LOT of information. Web App Pentesting, Python, etc. More information can be found HERE.
- PracticalPentestLab has a promotion where you can pay a one time fee of $42.99 to get the VIP content which has subjects in pentesting, windows exploit, etc. You can contact them on twitter @ppentestlabs. More information can be found HERE.
- Hacking-Lab is a free online platform where you can learn hacking skills. More information can be found HERE.
- Cybrary is another free website that has an assortment of courses. More information can be found HERE.
- PicoCTF is an online CTF platform that is geared towards high school students, but it’s open to anyone. All you need to do is sign-up. More information can be found HERE.
Another big piece is to practice the skills that you have learned.
To do this you will need vulnerable machines to hack 🙂
One of my favorites is HackTheBox which has an assortment of machines. More information can be found HERE. Note: That you will need to hack the site to get the invite code.
Another website that I love is VulnHub. VulnHub has an assortment of machines. The good thing about VulnHub is that some of the machines have been used in CTFs and other security conferences. More information can be found HERE.
The next website is my favorite, called OverTheWire. OverTheWire is a website that has multiple challenges in different areas, web app pentesting, linux, etc. More information can be found HERE.
There’s another website RootMe which is a free online platform to practice pentesting. More information can be found HERE.
I can’t stress enough that you will need to practice. The old adage holds true in this case, practice makes perfect.
Finally, please follow @blackroomsec on twitter who’s a sweetheart! She has a website that lists even more free or inexpensive opportunities to learn pentesting.