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Manual Testing is a Must, but Automation is Divine

  • Friday, October 2nd, 2015 at 1:00 PM EDT (17:00:00 UTC)
  • Ed Skoudis and John Strand
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Overview

Ok, pop quiz hot shot... You are on an assessment and have 1000+ hosts and 45 web apps to review.

What do you do?

What. Do. You. Do?

You will never, ever hear Ed and John say there is no need for manual testing. They even go so far as to fight against the Pentest Puppy Mill Industrial Complex (PPMIC) which does nothing but automation. But that does not mean they do not love automation. Scanning tools and automation are the eyes and ears of a tester; without them our targets have no surface, no texture, nothing to define. But, they are tools, and they need to be treated as such. How can you use them effectively? In this presentation Ed and John will share some tips and tricks on testing at scale. They will also release some of their own tools to greatly aid this process. There will also be numerous references to bad 90s movies.

Speaker Bios

Ed Skoudis

Ed Skoudis is the founder of Counter Hack, an innovative organization that designs, builds, and operates popular infosec challenges and simulations including CyberCity, NetWars, Cyber Quests, and Cyber Foundations. As director of the CyberCity project, Ed oversees the development of missions which help train cyber warriors in how to defend the kinetic assets of a physical, miniaturized city. Ed's expertise includes hacker attacks and defenses, incident response, and malware analysis, with over fifteen years of experience in information security. Ed authored and regularly teaches the SANS courses on network penetration testing (Security 560) and incident response (Security 504), helping over three thousand information security professionals each year improve their skills and abilities to defend their networks. He has performed numerous security assessments; conducted exhaustive anti-virus, anti-spyware, Virtual Machine, and IPS research; and responded to computer attacks for clients in government, military, financial, high technology, healthcare, and other industries. Previously, Ed served as a security consultant with InGuardians, International Network Services (INS), Global Integrity, Predictive Systems, SAIC, and Bell Communications Research (Bellcore). Ed also blogs about command line tips and penetration testing.


John Strand

John Strand is a senior instructor with the SANS Institute. He teaches SEC504: Hacker Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling; SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking; SEC580: Metasploit Kung Fu for Enterprise Pen Testing; and SEC464: Hacker Guard: Security Baseline Training for IT Administrators and Operations with Continuing Education. John is the course author for SEC464: Hacker Guard: Security Baseline Training for IT Administrators and Operations with Continuing Education and the co-author for SEC580: Metasploit Kung Fu for Enterprise Pen Testing. When not teaching for SANS, John co-hosts PaulDotCom Security Weekly, the world's largest computer security podcast. He also is also the owner of Black Hills Information Security, specializing in penetration testing and security architecture services. He has presented for the FBI, NASA, the NSA, and at DefCon. In his spare time he writes loud rock music and makes various futile attempts at fly-fishing.

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