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Tactical Exploitation: Attacking Windows

Attack Research, LLC | August 6-7


Tactical Exploitation: Attacking Windows is Attack Research's unique approach to compromising Windows environments without relying on traditional exploits. In this two-day course, students will become proficient in the skills necessary to compromise Windows environments using the same methods as real-world attackers rather than compliance-based penetration testing techniques. Skills to be covered include: host recon, network recon, and credential hijacking as well as tricks for taking advantage of configuration and design flaws.

This course focuses primarily on Windows and Windows internals and how to leverage them. Host and network recon, privilege escalation, credential stealing and passing, persistence, and lateral movement techniques will be covered in depth. Once finished with the course, students will have a foundation on how Windows attacks actually happen and how to secure against them from the post-exploitation stage.

Like all classes offered by Attack Research, Tactical Exploitation: Attacking Windows is very hands on, with a virtual enterprise network environment for students to practice the techniques they learn from the course lecture. Exercises are then demonstrated so each student gets a deep understanding. For more advanced students, there are additional challenges within the environment for them to discover.

Course Outline:
  • Introductory Concepts and Thinking Like an Attacker
  • Host Recon
  • Privilege Escalation
  • Credential Stealing and Passing
  • Persistence
  • Network Recon
  • Lateral Movement
We believe that attacking networks requires proficiency in all platforms, so please also consider attending our Tactical Exploitation: Attacking Unix class.

Who Should Take this Course

• Penetration Testers
• Detection and Response Staff
• System Administrators
• Developers

Student Requirements

Attack Research, LLC will provide a Windows-based virtual machine for each student to connect to via the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).
Students must bring their own machines with the following minimum specifications:
  • Windows 7 or higher
  • Mac OS X Lion 10.7 or higher
  • Linux with a windowing system for RDP support
  • An RDP client
  • Gigabit Ethernet preferred. Limited wireless access is available.
  • Recommend a USB/Thunderbolt Ethernet adapter for laptops that do not have Ethernet
  • Student must have appropriate access and knowledge to change their network configuration to support DHCP or static IP Addresses

What Students Should Bring

See Student Requirements.

What Students Will Be Provided With

Students leave the class with full documentation and the entire custom and non-custom toolsets. Students will also take away the custom tools that they design and build in the class. Students walk away from AR training sessions not only with the "usual" training materials, but with a wealth of knowledge for both attacking and defending networks.

AR employs a very hands-on approach to teaching by having the students spend approximately 50% of class time performing practical exercises in a lab environment designed to simulate real world enterprise networks. This type of class structure has been a proven success in retention of skills learned and student engagement. Our unique lab environments are replicas of the types of production networks that students will encounter in the real world.


Alex has been a Security Researcher, Pen Tester, and Developer for Attack Research, LLC for over 5 years. He has over 20 years of experience in private sector development and security research. Attack Research is a boutique computer security consulting firm which is devoted to a deep understanding of the mechanics of computer attacks. Industry specialties range from embedded systems, avionics, and automotive to government, financial, and Fortune 500 enterprise environments.