So You Want To Train An Army Of Ninjas... presented at SOURCE Boston 2009

by Dan Guido,

Tags: Security Testing

Summary : In this talk, I will discuss the challenges, successes, surprises, and lessons learned creating and delivering a penetration testing course for undergraduate and graduate students at NYU:Poly. The course, which ran on-campus during the Fall 2008 semester, was taught to 30 students and with the help of 5 instructors from outside the university: After 6 weeks, students were given a takehome midterm that tested their ability to apply theoretical techniques discussed in class and that tracked the evolution of their "hacker's mindset." This talk presents lessons learned as ""design patterns"" that conference attendees can apply to their own courses to increase their effectiveness and train their own army of ninjas in a university setting. Additionally, all course material, videotaped lectures, and student work from the Fall 2008 NYU:Poly Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Analysis course have been made freely available online at: http://[check back on January 1st, 2009]/