Hacking by Numbers: Cadet Edition


USA 2011 Virtual Training Session //June 13-16

Those who register for the Hacking by Numbers: Cadet Edition (Online Edition) will receive a $500 discount from the cost of another Sensepost course held at Black Hat US 2011. The discount is non-transferable and will be applied to new registrations only.

Pricing: $1800, Registration closes on June 7


Cadet Edition is an introductory course for technical people with no previous experience in the world of hacking. The course will present you with background information, technical skills and basic concepts required to get you going. This includes some coding and scripting, networking and Internet technologies, basic methodologies, essential thinking skills, tools and current hacking techniques. The course has been updated to accommodate the latest technologies and trends.

Cadet Edition is the ideal training ground to prepare you for the HBN Bootcamp, further self-study or other hacking courses.

Topics include:

  • An introduction to hacker thinking
  • Method-based hacking
  • Essential technologies from a hacker perspective
  • Basic coding for hackers
  • An introduction to hacker tools and techniques
  • Real-world exercises and capture-the-flag


This course is the first in the Hacking By Numbers series. It's aimed at beginners and serves to prepare students for the Bootcamp Edition. Cadet and Bootcamp Edition can be taken back-to-back. There is a small amount overlap between the courses but they have been carefully designed to provide a congruent learning experience.

Who Should Attend:

Information security officers, system and network administrators, security consultants, government agencies and other nice people will all benefit from the valuable insights provided by this class.


Cadet Edition is designed for technical people who have no skill or experience in hacking. The course remains technical however, and students are expected to have a solid practical grasp of computer operating systems, networks and databases. In order to complete the labs students connect to a Microsoft Terminal Server over the Internet. Each student has their own desktop that’s pre-installed and configured with everything they’ll need.

What to bring:

Everything you need for the training will be provided to you within the online environment, including a pre-configured Windows’s desktop and all the required tools and utilities. You will need a decent PC with broadband internet connection with which to connect to the environment. The software you’ll need to do this should be part of any modern desktop installation: – A Windows 'Remote Desktop Protocol' (RDP) client; – A modern browser that supports Flash; – A current installation of Skype.

Course Developer:

Charl van der Walt (course developer) is a founding member and managing director of SensePost, a leading international information security services provider. Pretoria-based Charl regularly presents courses and lectures for companies, conferences and universities around the world. He is frequently published and has co-authored four books on information security and computer hacking.

Course Trainers:

SensePost proposes to use experienced world-class technicians with extensive training experience. The course will be presented by one of the following course leaders:

Dominic White (primary trainer) is currently a Senior Security Consultant working for SensePost. He was previously a manager in the Deloitte Security & Privacy group in South Africa. Previously, Dominic graduated from Rhodes University with a Master's degree in Computer Science, specialising in information security. Dominic has given SensePost training at BlackHat 2010, and was one of the creators of the unplugged course.

Jurgens van der Merwe (secondary trainer) is a Lead Security Analyst with SensePost. His focus is that of penetration testing large network infrastructures, thick applications, web applications and platforms. His enthusiasm for all aspects of information security ensures he is also involved in various research projects in these areas. Jurgens is a regular member on teams delivering the Hacking by Numbers training courses at Black Hat and elsewhere.

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