About the Art of Hacking
What is the “Art of Hacking”?
The Art of Hacking (AoH) is essential training for those entering the world of IT Security and Penetration Testing or for those who wish to consolidate and formalize their knowledge and demonstrate, through hands-on work and certification.
Why was Art of Hacking written?
The Art of Hacking was written by professional Penetration Testers and Black Hat Trainers (NotSoSecure) because of the clear need in the market to help people develop not only knowledge, but also hands-on, demonstrable skill. Our coined phrase is; “don’t just tell me, show me.”
Tell me about the partnership between the IEEE CS and NotSoSecure?
As a result of Member and Industry feedback, the IEEE CS saw that high-end, structured, learning-oriented and skills-based hacking training was urgently needed to satisfy the growing need for this type of training. IEEE CS looked for a proven and recognizable training partner and chose NotSoSecure because of their reputation in the market and their overall recognition as a leading training provider at Black Hat. This partnership has become very strategic and of great value to both organizations.
How is this of value to my employer and career?
This course is underpinned by a very detailed training structure designed by professional educators and hackers and of course, the iconic IEEE Computer Society. By taking the course, you will be able to demonstrate that you have been through structured learning process and if you choose to take the Certification, it will prove your hands-on competency and skill in the subject material; you can prove to your employer that you have the formalized foundations of a professional Penetration Tester.
I have already taken other classes; will this e-Learning be of value to me?
We were overwhelmed with inquires at Black Hat about this very topic. The Art of Hacking is all about building core foundations and proving you can demonstrate the required level of skill. You may have taken other types of training in the market. So you have two options; you may take the e-Learning course as a cost-effective refresher or if you wish to validate your skills directly, you may sit for the Certification directly.
What is unique about your teaching methodology?
Both the IEEE CS and the NotSoSecure founders have been training for a very long time and know what it takes to build a great Pen Tester and Security Professional. Learning about hacking is not about showing hundreds of tools, it’s about creating a framework of knowledge upon which you can build hands-on skill. We teach you the essential tools, syntax, objectives for each stage of testing and how to build you confidence to go it alone.
How does this course compare to SANS and CEH? Why should I consider this?
The course is a unique entry level/intermediate class. It is written in 2016 and talks about a wealth of modern hacking techniques. It teaches how the latest operating systems can be compromised. It covers a vast variety of systems such as databases, application servers, operating systems, networking devices along with a comprehensive 2 days on Web application hacking. Attendees of the class walk away with a wide spectrum of hacking techniques and a good overall understanding on how systems can be compromised. Further, the online lab allows attendees to practice each and every concept hands-on. Unlike most training programs which use an off-the-shelf test bed to demonstrate security vulnerabilities, the Art of Hacking lab has custom built systems in which hacking challenges have been specifically designed to simulate out-of-box thinking and help attendees grasp the concepts inside-out.
Why create the Art of Hacking Certification?
Simple – there is a clear market demand for hands-on, skill-based hacking certification that has an independent certification body behind it.
How do I prepare for the Certification?
The best way to prepare is to purchase the Art of Hacking bundle which includes the complete course and Certification in one bundle.
What is the format for the Certification?
The format is a 24-hour, Capture-the-Flag (CTF) exam designed to be representative of real-world challenges. Your exam session is booked ahead of time giving you time to prepare – when ready, we issue you with the keys to our unique exam hack-lab and from there you take over. It is open book, proctored and real-world; you have to use your hands-on skills to hunt for the various treasure we have created and submit your findings into the examination scoring portal. If you get stuck, you may opt for hints, however - this will also deduct from your available points.
How are my Certification answers scored?
Those are graded for completion and accuracy and at the end of the exercises a certification will be awarded as follows:
How much is the Certification?
- Art of Hacking Ninja: score of 60 -79
- Art of Hacking Master: score of 80+
The costs are:
What do I get at the end of the Certification process?
- Certification cost: IEEE or CS Members: $595, non-member: $795
- Bundles of additional e-Learning, extra lab time, and certification vouchers are available together with group discounts.
You will know instantly whether you have passed and whether you are Ninja or Master in the Art of Hacking. Once your score and performance is verified, you will be sent an impressive IEEE CS Art of Hacking Certificate stating your new credentials. Also, you will be registered on the IEEE CS certification database portal where your employer can verify your Certification status.
How long does Certification last?
3 years from the date you were Certified. Re-Certification will involve completion of a new CTF exam.
Is the Certification easy?
That’s up to you! The Art of Hacking Certification is all about you showing that you have developed real world, hands-on skill. The challenges are based on the material you will have learned but it’s up to you to prepare and demonstrate you have understood each component. You can tackle many of the challenges in the order that you see fit.
I need to do more practice. How can you help me?
Extra lab time can be purchased at any time.
Is the Certification exam proctored?
Yes, this is proctored to ensure integrity. For our government-only clients or in exceptional cases, there are other alternatives in place.