Security 401: SANS Security Essentials courses consist of instruction and hands-on sessions. The lab sessions are designed to allow students to utilize the knowledge gained throughout the course in an instructor-led environment. Students will have the opportunity to install, configure, and use the tools and techniques that they have learned.
NOTE: Do not bring a regular production laptop for this class! When installing software, there is always a chance of breaking something else on the system. Students should assume that all data could be lost.
NOTE: It is critical that students have administrator access to the operating system and all security software installed. Changes need to be made to personal firewalls and other host-based software in order for the labs to work.
NOTE: Anti-virus software will need to be disabled in order to install some of the tools.
NOTE: A DVD player is required to install the tools that will be provided in class.
Students attending this course are required to bring their own laptops that are properly configured. There is not enough time in class to help you install your laptop. Please note that your laptop must be properly installed and configured before you come to class. Students are also required to test their systems (as described below) prior to coming to class.
The students must bring a laptop with Windows 7 installed (the specific version does not matter). The recommended configuration is Windows 7 as the host operating system running BackTrack 5 (or Kali Linux) as a virtual machine with VMWare Player. The student can use a Mac or Linux system with a different virtual machine product running both Windows and BackTrack 5 (or Kali Linux) in virtual machines, but the specific details for setting it up are left to the student.
The student MUST also download/install VMWare Player and BackTrack 5 (or Kali Linux) prior to coming to class. In addition, the DVD's provided to students contain BackTrack 5 and can be installed by the student on the first day of class.
In summary, before you arrive at the conference you should:
- Confirm that Windows 7 is installed and working
- Download and install VMWare Player and BackTrack 5 (or Kali Linux)
- Confirm that you can start up Back Track (or Kali Linux) and run a program
By properly preparing, we know that you will have a knowledge rich and enjoyable lab experience.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
Dr. Eric Cole
Track Lead/Course Author
If you have additional questions about the laptop specifications, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.