Offensive Countermeasures: Defensive Tactics that Actually Work


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USA 2011 Weekend Training Session //July 30-31


One of the big questions we get is why Offensive Countermeasures are so important. Well, to be honest, you will need it someday. The current threat landscape is shifting. We need to develop new strategies to defend ourselves. Even more importantly, we need to better understand who is attacking us and why. Some of the things we talk about you may implement immediately, others may take you a while to implement. Either way, consider what we discuss as a collection of tools at your disposal when you need them to annoy attackers, attribute who is attacking you and, finally, attack the attackers.

More to the point, the old strategies of security have failed us and will continue to fail us unless we start becoming more offensive in our defensive tactics.

What we will cover:

  • Why Offensive Countermeasures?
  • Legal Issues
  • Core Security Concepts most People are Missing
  • Why Current Security Strategies are Failing
  • Layers of Defense for the Bad Guy
  • Observe Orient Decide Act
  • The Three A’s of Offensive Countermeasures (Annoyance, Attribution and Attack)
  • Fuzzing Attack Tools
  • DOM-Hanoi
  • SpiderTrap
  • Web Labyrinth
  • DNS Servers from Hell
  • Honeypots
  • Dynamic Blacklists from the Command Line for Windows and for Linux
  • Dealing with Attackers using TOR
  • Proxychains and TORProxy
  • How Nmap Really Works with TOR
  • Metasploit Decloak
  • Word Web Bugs
  • Web Application Street Fighting
  • Browser Exploitation Framework
  • Evil Java Applications
  • Social Engineering Toolkit and OCM
  • Bypassing AV... To Attack the Attackers
  • Honey Claymores (or, Why did I open that file?)

There will be lecture followed by a hands-on lab for each of the major sections of the class. There are 7 labs per day for the class.

Who Should Attend:

Security Professionals and Systems Administrators who are tired of playing catch-up with attackers.

Student Requirements

Basic OS understanding of Windows and Linux and a basic understanding of TCP/IP

What to Bring

  • Host system with at least 2 Gig of memory.
  • VMware Player, Workstation or Fusion
  • Windows XP, Windows 7, or OS X

What Students Get

Class slides and a DVD with the necessary tools and the OCM VM, which is a fully functional Linux system with the tools of OCM installed and ready to go for the class and in their work environment.


John Strand 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 is a Senior Instructor with the SANS Institute. 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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