Top 3 Ethical Hacking & Cyber Security Courses in 2021

What makes a cybersecurity course worth your time and money?

In this article we discuss top 3 courses on internet which:
a) you can start at any level
b) you can start applying for a job after finishing it
c) cover many topics of cyber security and ethical hacking
d) dive deep in those topics
e) are more than at least 40 hours (indicator for details)
f) instructors have experiences in serious projects
g) and can transfer those experiences in clear text

Here are our top 3 picks:

1- Applied Ethical Hacking and Rules of Engagement

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Applied Ethical Hacking and Rules of Engagement
Applied Ethical Hacking and Rules of Engagement
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This course is life changing. It is built up in 2021 and one can see care and knowledge all over the course. It comes with the following characteristics:

1- Ethical Hacking
Learn how to think and act like a hacker and work with various techniques and tools to achieve this goal. As an ethical hacker at the end of this course, you will be able to help your customers mitigate various attack vectors and their corresponding details practically based on various security standards and best practices. Also, you will learn how to execute various ethical hacking phases as Reconnaissance, Scanning, Gaining Access, Maintaining Access, Clearing Tracks, and others.

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2- Penetration Testing
Learn how to hack easy to hard real-world simulated virtual machines on HackTheBox Live Hacking! using unique exploits, tactics, and techniques. Learn the art of intrusion with these CTFs (Capture the Flags) which will help you in the future on every real work project.
Also work on pentest methods in web, network, vulnerability assessment workflows, and “Defense in Depth” best practices which will help you hack like black-hat hackers, defend or secure them like security experts and harden your corporate environment against malicious actors.

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3- Red-Teaming techniques and tactics

Learn beginner to advanced pentesting techniques. Learn how to think and act like threat actors to stop them at various phases of the attack life cycle.
MITRE ATT&CK Framework: reconnaissance, initial foothold, lateral movement, privilege escalation, command and control, active directory attacks, Linux, and mac os x malware and attack techniques.
Learn scripting languages for the Cobalt Strike Framework and other red-team engagement frameworks to perform development and operations on them.
Learn how to develop your C2 infrastructure to avoid detection by blue teams and SOCs during red team operations.

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4- Elastic Stack Wazuh Manager (SIEM)
Learn how to set up a complete SIEM (Security Information and Event Management) using Elastic Stack (formerly ELK Stack) using Wazuh Manager. Also, learn how to ingest various log formats from different log sources such as Linux and Windows servers, Fortigate firewall appliances, and so on. You will learn how to activate different functionalities (capabilities) of the Wazuh manager such as vulnerability monitoring, File Integrity Monitoring, CIS Hardening Benchmark Monitoring, and much more. Also, you will learn how the underlying decoders and rules are programmed to detect an unlimited amount of security events across an enterprise network.

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5- Threat Hunting (Blue-Teaming)
There is a complete section for threat hunting where you put what you’ve learned into work and run attacks such as Spawn Session and Process Injection, ShellShock, MSHTA, Brute-Force, Mimikatz, and so on from your Parrot OS and detect them with your SIEM tool that you’ve set up and completely configured during the course. During this section, you get familiar with how different IoC (Indication of Compromise) will appear in your SIEM tool.

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6- Python Scripting for Security
Learn how to create scripts and programs to do what you want whenever you are required to, from small scripts that are needed during pentest to more sophisticated ones during Red Team Ops. there is a crash course about Python basics included in this course to promote you in this must-know language field.

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7- Linux (Kali Linux and Parrot OS)
Linux runs the world, especially when it comes to the cybersecurity world. There is a crash course about Linux basics in this course. However, during this course and after many hours of exciting hands-on practices on the different offensive and defensive security methods you will become a Linux expert at the level of a cybersecurity expert. You will learn Kali Linux and Parrot OS as the main Linux distros used in this course.

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2- The Complete Cyber Security Course 1, 2, 3 and 4

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These cyber security series are different than the above course as the above course is geared more towards ethical hacking and penetration testing as well as setting up SIEM tool and run and detect threats, where these 4 volumes are mostly about cyber security aspects and online threats, introducing a broad range of security tools in this field.

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3- Internet Security: A Hands-on Approach

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Despite this course is less known, I highly recommend checking this course out. It can be a perfect complement to the above courses.

What you’ll learn

  • Study classic network attacks and gain in-depth understandings of their technical details
  • Study how the Internet and the TCP/IP protocols work
  • Understand the security problems in the design and implementation of the TCP/IP protocols
  • Master the fundamental attack (ethical hacking) and defense skills in network security
  • Gain hands-on experiences through 11 labs (SEED Labs) developed by the instructor
  • Implement Firewall, VPN, sniffer, spoofing, and various network security tools using C or Python

This course has a twin brother called Computer Security, which is also very interesting. I highly recommend that one too.

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