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Merit – Hacking Essentials (Class)

November 11, 2020 @ 8:00 am - November 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm


Click Here to Register:   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hacking-essentials-tickets-115107860710
Deadline:                          November 5, 2020



Location:            WMCAT – 614 First St NW, Suite #300, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Duration:           2 days (16 hours)  |  Wednesday, November 11 – Thursday, November 12 (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 exploit methodologies and common exploitative tools.

  • Types of hackers
  • Hacker skills
  • The hacker’s mindset
  • Exploit-less exploits
  • Requirements for success
  • Six stages of Networked Exploitation (“Hacking”)
  • Penetration testing
  • Definitions and Concepts
  • Networking basics
  • Reconnaissance
  • Footprinting
  • Open source information gathering
  • Enumeration
  • Exploitation
  • Social engineering
  • Networked vs. physical exploitation
  • Application or service vulnerability
  • Sniffing
  • Password cracking
  • Web application hacking
  • Maintaining access



Course Description:

Understanding exploit methodology is proven to help Network Defenders (“Blue Teamers”) better protect networks and data. Hacking Essentials is a hands-on lab that provides understanding and insight about how to look for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems. This lab-based training class shows you how to use the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker, including (but not limited to): Armitage, Metasploit, and Password Cracking.

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 8 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 ethical hacking 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 1: Information Gathering with nslookup and WHOIS
  • Lab 2: Open Source Information Gathering
  • Lab 3: Active System Reconnaissance with nmap
  • Lab 4: Active System Reconnaissance with zenmap
  • Lab 5: Banner Grabbing
  • Lab 6: Metasploit Fundamentals
  • Lab 7: Metasploit Database
  • Lab 8: Exploitation with Armitage



Who Should Attend?

People looking to enter into the Cybersecurity field or learn common hacking techniques to better defend networks; Network Defense (“Blue Team”) professionals looking to expand their hacking (“Red Team”) skills/exploit knowledge.

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 11, 2020 @ 8:00 am
November 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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614 First St NW, Suite 300
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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