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S3SS10N Wednesday – Build Your Own Pen Testing Lab

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S3SS10N Wednesday – Build Your Own Pen Testing Lab

Published: March 2, 2016 | By: Tatianna | Views: 5525

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Instructor Bio –

Dean Pompilio

Instructor Dean Pompilio has been in the IT field since 1989 and has both US and international experience working in the banking and credit card industries. After spending most of this life in Chicago, he came to the Washington, DC area in 2005 and has worked with the Department of Justice as well as the State Department in senior analyst roles as well as The World Bank. He took on a teaching role to share his experience both from an IT perspective as well as an educator. You can view his (1.5 minute) bio here.

Whiteboard Notes

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Dean Session

Purpose of this Session:
A Pen testing lab is a great way for programmers to begin learning about the kind of technology that is available in this field and there are many advantages to having your own lab in that not only is it portable; always having access allows you to practice and learn as much as you desire. This video offers participants step by step instructions in how to build an all in one, complete testing system and everything is virtualized so it’s on one device such as a laptop.

Building your Virtual Machine –
Virtual machines are strong for this purpose because they are secure as long as you are careful with the network settings. Building a virtual machine isn’t hard as long as you possess the right tools, starting with a powerful laptop with a minimum of 8 GB of RAM and then begin downloading VM building tools to start building your lab.

Configuring virtual machine settings –
There are several options for the way virtual machines can communicate and the instructor discusses three:
1. Bridge mode
2. NAT Mode
3. Host Only Mode
Finally, the instructor talks about KALI and Web Goat, which are free and powerful tools that can be used to build a virtual machine. Participants can also found vulnerable virtual machines on, these tools give participants a chance to practice their techniques.

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  1. In the beginning of the video there was mention of a more extensive lab setup with an attacking machine and several host machines. I’m trying to create something like this. What would you suggest I install on several host machines? And how would I set up the network? Is there any videos or tutorials on a physical home lab setups for vulnerability testing / ethical hacking?

    Thank you!

  2. Thanks for this video. It’s really understandable.

    I’m waiting for the next.

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