Course content: 18/18
Lab machines: 1/55
Last week I wasn’t able to finish as much as I had hoped, so I am pleased to report that this week I was able to complete more than I had estimated. The modules toward the end were relatively short, so I was able to make quick work of them and free some time up for my first crack at the labs. As you might have noticed, I have taken my first ‘real’ step by owning a lab machine!
Being able to get root on my first lab machine was without a doubt the best experience I’ve had so far in this course. Although it was one of the easier machines (I’ll admit that this was a deliberate choice), it was a huge confidence boost for me personally. I was relieved to know that I am at a level where I can finish this course, provided I put in enough time and effort. This has given me a renewed sense of motivation to continue forward in the following weeks.
The Port Redirection and Tunneling module was difficult and I still don’t fully grasp some of the concepts covered. In my opinion the module was too short for the complexity of the content, and as I don’t have a strong networking background I struggled a bit. If I find myself needing to use the techniques covered I will have to revisit this module again in order to fully understand them.
I don’t expect too much progress next week, as the Kiwicon conference is happening on Friday and Saturday. I’m also attending a Kiwicon training session on Wednesday titled Bluetooth Low Energy Hacking 101 which I am particularly excited for. So although I won’t have quite as much time to dedicate to the lab machines, I will still be learning a lot about InfoSec and offensive security in particular.