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Building a Cybersecurity Home Lab Environment

by Dale Meredith

This course will teach you how to set up a hacking lab environment for all your security research, hacking tools, and training you've always wanted to do.

What you'll learn

As a cybersecurity professional, it is imperative that you establish a “laboratory” for you to practice your skills and test new vulnerabilities. Just as with any discipline, before you take your skills to the real world you need to practice, practice, and then practice some more. The time to learn a new tool or “try something out” isn’t during an engagement.

In this course, Building a CyberSecurity Lab Environment, you’ll learn how to create an environment that you can use to enhance your learning that is separate from your production network. If you’re be

First, you’ll explore reasons and motivation for creating this lab and the benefits you’ll gain by maintaining it.

Next, you’ll discover how to add several different target systems from the latest Windows platform to systems that are intentionally vulnerable. Having these targets will allow you to launch attacks, verify vulnerabilities, and conduct research projects without jeopardizing your production environment.

Finally, you’ll learn how to create your own “Attack Workstation” utilizing operating systems like Kali Linux.

When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills, knowledge, and a platform needed to build a CyberSecurity Home Lab Environment.

Course FAQ

What is cyber security?

Cyber security is the practice of protecting information, software, hardware, or other data on your computer system/network from theft, disruption, misdirection, or damage.

What is a cyber security home lab?

A cyberscurity home lab is an environment or "laboratory" where you can practice your skills and test vulnerabilities without the consequences of doing so in a real scenario. It's a place where you can enhance your learning, that is separate from your production network.

What will I learn in this course?

This cybersecurity course will teach you how to set up an environment to practice your cybersecurity skills. Some topics include:

  • Reasons for creating a home lab environment
  • Benefits of using a cybersecurity home lab
  • Launching a cyber attack
  • Verifying vulnerabilities
  • Conducting research projects
  • Creating an "attack workstation" and utilizing Kali Linux
  • Much more
Who should take this course?

Anyone who wants to learn cyber security and apply its principles in a risk-free enviornment should take this course. If you want to master cyber security research and learn hacking tools, then this is a perfect place to start.

Are there prerequisites to this course?

This course is an "intermediate" level, so it does assume some prior exposure to cyber security concepts, but no specific course is required prior to taking this one. If you start this course and feel overwhelmed, you can take a more fundamental course like this one.

About the author

Dale Meredith has been a Certified Ethical Hacker/Instructor EC-Council for the past 15 years, and Microsoft Certified Trainer for over 20 years. Dale also has an additional 7 years of senior IT management experience and worked as a CTO for a popular ISP provider. Dale's expertise is in explaining difficult concepts and ensuring his students have an actionable knowledge of the course material. Straddling the line of fun and function, Dale's instruction is memorable and entertaining. Dale's knowl... more

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