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Cyber Security 101: A Beginner's Course

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Cyber Security 101: A Beginner's Course

Become a Red Teaming Pro: Beginner's Guide to Offensive Cyber Operations, Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing

updated on icon Updated on May, 2024

language icon Language - English

person icon Nikhil Srivastava

English [CC]

category icon Cyber Security,IT & Software,Network & Security

Lectures -92

Duration -7.5 hours



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Course Description

In this course, we will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the latest trends, theories, and practical skills needed to succeed in the world of cyber security in 2024. Eventually, you will begin to learn about organizations and resources to further research cyber security issues in the Modern era. We will start by introducing you to the basic concepts and terminologies used in ethical hacking, cyber security and warfare, providing you with a foundation for understanding the more advanced topics that we will cover later in the course.

Next, we will delve into the world of cyber operations and show you how these operations are organized and executed. We will  discuss how powerful nations are developing cyber capabilities and how this is changing the landscape of warfare.

As we move deeper, we will cover a range of advanced topics, including myths of anonymity, recent ransomware attacks, advanced persistent threats which includes advanced malwares. You will also learn about the operational mistakes that nation state hackers have made while conducting sophisticated attacks, and how organizations can defend against these attacks.

Throughout this Ethical Hacking course, we will use simulation-based approaches to help you understand the complex concepts that we are covering. We will show you a practical attack that demonstrates how threat actors conduct cyber espionage operations in the real world.

This course covers concepts of Ethical Hacking, Information Security, Red Team, Blue Team,  Anonymity, Penetration Testing, Network Security, CompTIA Security+, CEH, Information Security, SOC (Security Operations Center).

Some of the key topics that we will cover include:

  1. Basic concepts and terminologies in Ethical Hacking, Red Teaming, Cyber Security and warfare: In this, we will introduce you to the key terms and concepts that are used in the field of cyber security and cyber warfare. This will provide you with a foundation for understanding the more advanced topics that we will cover later in the course.

  2. How cyber crimes are organised and executed: In this, we will discuss how cyber criminals organize and execute their attacks.

  3. The role of powerful nations in developing their cyber capabilities: We will discuss how powerful nations are investing in their cyber capabilities and how this is changing the landscape of warfare. We will cover topics such as the development of cyber weapons, intelligence gathering, and the use of cyber attacks in military operations.

  4. Myths of anonymity: In this , we will discuss the common myths and misconceptions surrounding anonymity in the digital world, topic such as tracking users through browser fingerprinting. 

  5. Recent ransomware attacks: In this, we will also cover recent ransomware attacks and would uncover the in-depth working of these gangs and motivations behind their attacks .

  6. Advanced persistent threats, including nation state hackers and their operational mistakes: In this , we will discuss the concept of advanced persistent threat (APT) and how they differ from other forms of cyber attacks. We will also cover the operational mistakes that hackers have made while conducting sophisticated attacks.

  7. How organizations defend themselves against sophisticated attacks: In this section, we will discuss the strategies and technologies that organizations can use to defend themselves against sophisticated cyber attacks. This will include topics such as intrusion detection and prevention systems, firewalls, and other forms of network security products that you could use to boost your Knowledge in Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security .

Advanced Red Team Topics:

  1. Malware analysis: we will discuss the methods and tools used to analyze malware, including how to identify its characteristics, behaviour, and potential impact.

  2. Phishing attacks: we will create custom templates that are designed to bypass 2FA using reverse proxy solutions. This will involve crafting the pretext as well as templates in such a way that they appear legitimate and convince the victim to enter their 2FA credentials.

  3. Active directory attacks:  we will cover various techniques that attackers can use to compromise active directory systems using command and control for conducting post exploitations, including kerberoasting, silver ticket, golden ticket, data exfiltration, and bypassing network defense.

  4. Network exploitation: we will discuss how attackers can exploit vulnerabilities in network systems to gain unauthorized access and control. This will include topics such as lateral movement and pivoting into internal networks.

  5. We will also discuss techniques for bypassing User Account Control (UAC) restrictions.

  6. Persistence on secured networks: we will cover how attackers can establish persistent access to a secured network, even after initial entry has been detected and blocked. 

These core topics provide a comprehensive overview of the world of cyber warfare and will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to defend against sophisticated cyber attacks. By the end of this course, you will have a deep understanding of  core concepts in Ethical Hacking, Cyber Security, Red team, Blue team, SOC Operations, Malware Analysis, Adversary Simulation, Bypassing Antivirus products, Penetration Testing, Web Application hacking to be better prepared to navigate the complex and rapidly-evolving world of cyber security.


What will you learn in this course:

  • Understand attackers and their methods to defend against cyber attacks
  • Concepts and terminologies of Cyber Security, Penetration Testing, Cyber Warfare, Espionage, and Crime
  • Fundamental concepts of Windows Active Directory
  • Key principles and techniques of cyber security for protecting against attacks
  • Comprehensive coverage of the latest trends in cyber warfare, including the increasing cyber capabilities of powerful nations
  • Advanced Persistent Threats ( APT ) and nation-state hackers
  • Simulation-based approaches to Anonymity and recent ransomware attacks
  • How organizations defend themselves from sophisticated attacks
  • Hands-on experience in a practical attack in a lab environment


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • There are no specific requirements for taking this course. It starts with providing comprehensive introduction to the topic of cyber security and warfare, so no prior knowledge or experience is necessary.
  • However, a basic understanding of computers and networks may be helpful for this cyber security course.
Cyber Security 101: A Beginner's Course


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Cyber Warfare Fundamentals
29 Lectures
  • play icon Ethical Hacking and Cyber Warfare Introduction 02:25 02:25
  • play icon Target audience 01:23 01:23
  • play icon Course Roadmap 05:49 05:49
  • play icon CIA Triad In Cyber Security 03:18 03:18
  • play icon Different Types Of Hackers And Their Motivations 02:44 02:44
  • play icon Cyber Security - Headless Wars 02:00 02:00
  • play icon Building Blocks Of A Cyber Operation 01:46 01:46
  • play icon Overview Of Offensive Cyber Operations 01:36 01:36
  • play icon Understanding Iran's Offensive Cyber Capabilities 02:32 02:32
  • play icon Log4J Vulnerability Demonstration Theory 10:51 10:51
  • play icon Log4J Vulnerability Practical Demonstration 09:35 09:35
  • play icon Suspected APT Behind Log4Shell Exploit 04:08 04:08
  • play icon Understanding Israel's Offensive Cyber Capabilities 04:45 04:45
  • play icon Understanding Russia's Offensive Cyber Capabilities 01:03 01:03
  • play icon Russia's APT-28/Fancy Bear Cyber Operations 06:00 06:00
  • play icon Russia's APT-29/Cozy Bear Cyber Operations 04:47 04:47
  • play icon Russia's Sandworm Group Cyber Operations 03:40 03:40
  • play icon Understanding China's Offensive Cyber Capabilities 03:58 03:58
  • play icon China's APT-41/WINNTI/ Double Dragon Cyber Operations 03:50 03:50
  • play icon China's Mustang Panda Cyber Operations 02:32 02:32
  • play icon North Korea Offensive Cyber Capabilities 02:18 02:18
  • play icon North korea's Lazarus Cyber Operations 05:40 05:40
  • play icon Understanding U.S Offensive Cyber Capabilities 02:40 02:40
  • play icon United States TAO Unit 04:38 04:38
  • play icon Evolution of Offensive Cyber Warfare 08:22 08:22
  • play icon Evolution Of Malwares 09:43 09:43
  • play icon Advanced Malwares and Impact On Cyber Security - Part 1 04:28 04:28
  • play icon Drive-By-Download Practical Demonstration 05:48 05:48
  • play icon Advanced Malwares and Impact On Cyber Security - Part 2 03:35 03:35
Cyber Operations And Their Misadventures
15 Lectures
New Age Defense And Next-Gen Technologies
17 Lectures
Red Team : Practical Simulation Of Sophisticated Attacks [Close to Real World]
31 Lectures

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I thought it was good and very informational, some hands on labs would have been a good addition.

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