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Merit – Defense Essentials (Class)

November 18, 2020 @ 8:00 am - November 19, 2020 @ 5:00 pm


Click Here to Register:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/defense-essentials-tickets-115108564816
Deadline:                          November 13, 2020



Location:            WMCAT – 614 First St NW, Suite #300, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Duration:           2 days (16 hours)  | Wednesday, November 18 – Thursday, November 19 (8:30am – 4:30pm)
Delivery:             This course will be taught live + remote online by a certified Merit Network instructor.
This course is accessed through the Michigan Cyber Range using the free VMWare Horizon View client.
(Participants are invited to please co-locate at WMCAT for synchronous instruction if social distancing guidelines allow.)

Cost:                    $500 per person
Included:            Live + remote “hands-on” instruction; digital course materials (content & labs); Certificate of Completion
Not Included:    Internet access is not available inside the environment; Internet searches must be done on your host machine or elsewhere

Internet access will be provided; Participants should bring their own computer/device (BYOD).



Training Level: Novice to Beginner
Coursework:      16 hours of instruction material (content + hands-on labs)


Learning Objectives & Course Topics:

The objective for this exercise is to learn the fundamental skills required to defend your networks against most computer hacking attempts.

  • Essential terminology
  • Information assurance and you
  • Why defense?
  • Law enforcement as a metaphor for hacking
  • Defense concepts
  • Threat modeling
  • The cloud
  • Policy development
  • Security standards
  • PEN testing as defense
  • Physical security
  • Hacking countermeasures
  • Security products
  • Digital forensics and incident response
  • Six steps of Incident Response (IR)
  • Mobile device forensics
  • Anti-forensics
  • Setting up a testing lab



Course Description:

For those starting out in the field, learning and using popular open source tools is a great opportunity to get introduced to the basics of cybersecurity. Defense Essentials is a hands-on lab that provides understanding and insight on how to harden and secure weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems. Building on the knowledge from Hacking Essentials, this lab-based training class teaches you the fundamental skills required to defend your networks against most computer hacking attempts.

This live + online 2-day class helps you learn basic cyber skills and is taught with a combination of lecture, demonstration, and access to an individual Secure Sandbox. The Secure Sandbox includes 9 lab exercises with your own set of VMs that are safe for exploring new tools. This training provides the student with a hands-on, realistic, and immersive experience to learn the latest open source network defense tools and techniques.

Hacking Essentials takes place in Alphaville — the Michigan Cyber Range’s virtual training environment — which mimics a real city and offers five different locations, each representing a different security level and containing systems similar to their real-world counterparts. The environment features SCADA, security appliances, email, file sharing, active directory, and DNS.

There is no exam at conclusion of this lab; however, a Certificate of Completion is provided at the end of training.


Lab Modules:

  • Lab 9: Wireshark Basics
  • Lab 10: HTTP Protocol Analysis
  • Lab 11: SMB Protocol Analysis
  • Lab 12: Protocol Layers
  • Lab 13: Analyzing Capture of MacOf
  • Lab 14: Decrypting SSL Traffic
  • Lab 15: Detecting Vulnerabilities with nmap
  • Lab 16: Real Life Network Forensics
  • Lab 17: Log Analysis with Splunk



Who Should Attend?

People looking to enter into the Cybersecurity field or learn common network topology to better defend assets from cyber threats; Entry-level or novice practitioners seeking a better understanding of data traversing a network and available monitoring tools; Anyone interested in learning network basics and security measures, principles, and system hardening.

Common job titles for participants:
Auditors, Site Administrators, Security Professionals, Security Officers, and anyone who is concerned about the integrity of a networked data infrastructure.

Basic system administration, basic exposure to Linux, and basic computer knowledge.




WMCAT is located at the corner of First St NW and Seward Ave NW.

There is a ramp connected to the building (fee to park, not managed by WMCAT). Enter the ramp on Seward Ave NW (just south of First St) and go straight up to the second floor. There is an entrance to the building on the northeast corner of the second floor of the ramp. Enter here, follow the WMCAT signs, and take the stairs or elevator up to third floor.


There is limited street parking on First St NW and Seward Ave NW (some spaces metered and some not).

There are DASH lots on Seward Ave NW near Lake Michigan Drive ($2 a day).

Also, if attendees are coming from within downtown offices they can ride the DASH bus for free. The DASH West route drops off at Bridge St NW and Seward Ave NW, very close to our building. DASH Route


If parking on the street, DASH lot or taking the DASH, enter building at main entrance on First St NW and take elevator or stairs up to third floor.

WMCAT is the entire third floor of the building.



Please contact Anthony Tuttle, the Program Manager for the Cyber Hub at WMCAT:



November 18, 2020 @ 8:00 am
November 19, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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614 First St NW, Suite 300
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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