Thursday, 23 February 2012

Firebrand launches CAST

The EC-Council Centre of Advanced Security Training (CAST) has arrived at Firebrand Training. The six intensive three-day courses are aimed at very experienced students, who have probably already gained EC-Council certifications.

CAST courses are developed by EC-Council in collaboration with subject-matter experts and industry practitioners. All of the courses will be delivered by EC-Council Master Trainers, who are also the course authors. The courses are up-to 80% lab – meaning that they are very hands-on. The courses don't include an exam, but the student will become CAST certified.

Here's a brief overview of the new CAST courses:

Students will learn how to attack and defend highly-secure environments. They’ll be taught how to attack operating systems such as Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, and the latest Linux servers.

Students will be equipped with the knowledge and practical skills for performing mobile forensic investigations. The course is based on vendor-neutral digital forensic principals; with a focus on Apple, Google Android, and Blackberry devices.

Students will learn how to fend-off attackers by learning the skills to write their code defensively. They’ll learn the new techniques for case-hardening their applications from within.

Once the student learns how to attack, they must also learn the best practices and methodologies to secure the environment. They will learn how to reduce the effectiveness of the advanced persistent threat.

The student will learn the history of cryptography, modern cryptographic methods, and how to use techniques like cryptanalysis. The course also covers topics such as hashing and digital certificates.

Students will learn how to write their own application exploits from scratch.