[Article]-Review: SANS vLive 580 Metasploit Kung Fu for Enterprise Pen Testing

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    • #5817
      Don Donzal
      Keymaster

      Another course review for your reading pleasure… Thanks Brandon.

      Permanent link: [Article]-Review: SANS vLive 580 Metasploit Kung Fu for Enterprise Pen Testing

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      By Brandon Harms, CISSP, CCNP, FCNSP, et al

      SANS vLive! Online Security Training and Courses, promoted as the solution to employers’ lack of travel budget, offers a great alternative to a security conference. The training material and instructors are the same as you’d expect from a SANS conference, par excellence. The material is presented using the typical power point slides with live streaming of the instructor’s head, Max Headroom style, and of course an audiocast.  The instructor will answer any questions posted via a chat window as they are asked.

      I recently attended SANS 580 Metasploit Kung Fu for Enterprise Pen Testing via SANS vLive!. The course was taught by one of course authors, John Strand. Typically a two-day course, the vLive! training was broken down into four 3-hour sessions with each session delivered bi-weekly for two weeks, i.e. three hours Monday, three hours Tuesday and the same the following week. Not being a fan of webinars, I was surprised by how well this medium worked. The combination of excellent material and engaging instruction by Mr. Strand provided an outstanding learning experience. The time between sessions gave students a chance to read the course material and do the exercises when they had the time. The instructor was available via email and phone to answer any questions about the material and labs, though I found that the material was written well enough, that I had no trouble completing the labs without additional help.

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      SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking (starting 02/08/2011) taught by Ed Skoudis and John Strand


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      Hope you enjoy,
      Don

    • #36557
      UNIX
      Participant

      Sounds like a nice course, thanks for the review.

    • #36558
      SephStorm
      Participant

      My problem is that I am in a different time zone, where staying online for the class would require probably being awake around 3 in the morning… Does SANS have any options for watching recorded sessions, but still include the option to ask questions to an instructor, perhaps by email?

    • #36559
      eccodom
      Participant

      @SephStorm wrote:

      … Does SANS have any options for watching recorded sessions, but still include the option to ask questions to an instructor, perhaps by email?

      The vLive! courses are recorded and can be streamed right after class. Email would work, I’m sure the instructor would take a call or chat before or after a class. Strand came off as very accessible and accommodating.

    • #36560
      ziggy_567
      Participant

      Both vLive and onDemand provide virtual mentors.

    • #36561
      caissyd
      Participant

      I wonder how this course compares with the very good training videos found at http://www.securitytube.net. I guess the SANS course gives a lot more than Metasploit tricks (like mentiond in the review), but Vivek did a great job on his Metasploit Megaprimer videos! And since they are free…

    • #36562
      tturner
      Participant

      I’m using the videos to prep me for 580 in Orlando April 2011. Why not both? 🙂

    • #36563
      caissyd
      Participant

      Yes tturner, why not?

      Please write a little comparaison once you are done with the course in April!

    • #36564
      Anquilas
      Participant

      Idd tturner, I’m curious as well, please keep us informed 🙂

      Thanks for the review Brandon!

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