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Course Description

In an era defined by escalating cyber threats, we cannot afford to remain purely reactive. The battlefield is shifting, and it is time to step into the vanguard of this change with our "Offensive Cyber Security Ops" course. This course will arm you with the skills needed to anticipate, counter, and launch effective cyber operations, thus becoming a critical asset in your organization's security posture.

Our "Offensive Cyber Security Ops" course invites cybersecurity professionals and military personnel alike to delve deep into the world of offensive cyber security. We offer a robust offensive cyber security training, marking you out as a leader in a field increasingly vital to national defense and corporate security.

This comprehensive program navigates the intricate path from target selection to resource deployment for remotely hijacking control of targeted systems. You'll master the arts of performing reconnaissance, gaining a foothold, escalating privileges, and pivoting across networks. We will cap this journey with the critical tactics necessary to gain persistence.

The course goes beyond just theoretical exploration, we'll show you how these offensive and defensive cyber security strategies play out in real-world scenarios. We will analyze the trade-offs of different offensive network security strategies and delve into the risk calculus that underpins decisions in both offensive and defensive cyber security. This dual approach will give you a balanced understanding of cyber warfare, enabling you to assess targets effectively and gain control with minimal risk.

What's more, the course emphasizes the critical interplay between offensive and defensive cyber security strategies, providing you with a holistic view of the cyber landscape. This approach not only helps in formulating potent offensive maneuvers but also aids in bolstering your defensive strategies, offering your organization or unit a 360-degree shield against potential threats.

Offensive Cyber Ops is more than just a course - it is an investment in the future of your organization's cyber security offensive and defensive strategies. It’s an opportunity to equip yourself and your team with the skills to face and overcome the cyber threats of the 21st century.

Who Should Take This Offensive Cyber Ops Course?

  1. Cybersecurity Professionals: If you are a cybersecurity analyst, network security engineer, or information security manager looking to enhance your skills and stay on top of the latest offensive cyber security tactics, this course is for you. This course will enable you to anticipate, counter, and mitigate cyber threats, providing a greater degree of protection for your organization.

  2. Military Personnel: For those serving in the military, particularly in cyber warfare or intelligence units, this course provides the training needed to understand and engage in offensive cyber operations. We emphasize practical, real-world scenarios to make the training as relevant and effective as possible.

  3. Red Team Members: This course is particularly relevant for those involved in red team operations, where offensive cyber security skills are key. Learn how to effectively breach defenses, escalate privileges, pivot across networks, and maintain persistence - all within an ethical framework.

  4. Penetration Testers: If you are a penetration tester, this course will deepen your understanding of offensive cyber security strategies, making your testing more effective and thorough.

  5. IT Professionals: If you're an IT professional aiming to transition into a cybersecurity role, or simply wish to expand your understanding of cyber threats, this course will provide a strong foundation in offensive cyber security operations.

Example Course Schedule:

Day 1: Introduction to Offensive Cyber Security

  • Understanding the Cybersecurity Landscape: An overview of the evolution of cybersecurity threats and a deep dive into the concepts of offensive and defensive cyber security, illuminated with real-world case studies from leading offensive cyber security companies.

  • Fundamentals of Offensive Cyber Security Operations: Engage in an interactive discussion on target selection and resource deployment in offensive cyber operations, complete with an analysis of successful real-world instances. End the day with an assignment aimed at identifying an instance of a notable offensive cyber operation.

Day 2: Reconnaissance and Gaining a Foothold

  • The Art of Reconnaissance: Learn about different reconnaissance strategies, including passive and active methods, social engineering techniques, and the use of OSINT tools.

  • Gaining a Foothold: Explore tactics to infiltrate networks and systems, with emphasis on exploiting vulnerabilities, phishing, and other social engineering attacks.

Day 3: Escalating Privileges and Pivoting Across Networks

  • Escalating Privileges: Dive deep into methods for exploiting vulnerabilities and misconfigurations to gain higher-level access within the target systems.

  • Network Pivoting: Understand how to leverage initial access to breach deeper into networks and move laterally across the infrastructure.

Day 4: Gaining Persistence and Risk Calculus

  • Maintaining Persistence: Learn the sophisticated tactics necessary to ensure long-term access within compromised systems, while evading detection.

  • Risk Calculus in Offensive Cybersecurity: Understand the risk-assessment models used to determine the potential value and vulnerabilities of a target.

Day 5: Cyber Ops Training Simulation and Certification Test

  • Real-world Cyber Ops Training Simulation: Participate in a comprehensive simulation of offensive cybersecurity operations, applying the strategies and techniques learned during the course.

  • Offensive Cyber Security Certification Test: End the course with a certification test. Passing the test will provide you with an official Offensive Cyber Security Certification, validating your advanced skill set in this critical field.

Please note that the course price includes all course materials, certification fees, and access to our expert-led discussions and simulations. By the end of this offensive cyber security training, you will be well-equipped to tackle real-world cyber threats with proactive strategies and advanced technical skills.

As the digital battlefield continues to evolve and escalate, our military forces must be equipped with not just defensive capabilities, but also proactive, offensive strategies. This "Offensive Cyber Ops" course will provide that vital training, giving our servicemen and women the knowledge and skills to effectively engage in cyber warfare. The tactics and strategies explored in this course have direct applications in military operations, helping to safeguard our national security infrastructure and thwart potential cyber threats.

About Boston Cybernetics Institute

Boston Cybernetics Institute, PBC was created by former MIT Lincoln Lab cybersecurity researchers to give meaningful niche cyber instruction to a new generation of cybersecurity professionals.


We avoid the normal style of teaching with PowerPoint and lectures, opting to provide instead real-life engaging instruction that takes place in a customized environment. We have given our style of instruction to multiple DoD agencies, US commercial companies, and international companies.


Instructors at Boston Cybernetics Institute

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Jeremy Blackthorne

President of the Boston Cybernetics Institute

Jeremy Blackthorne is a Lead Instructor at the Boston Cybernetics Institute (BCI). Before BCI, he was a researcher in the Cyber System Assessments group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Blackthorne is the co-creator and instructor for the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) courses: Modern Binary Exploitation, Spring 2015 and Malware Analysis, Spring 2013. ​Jeremy has published research at various academic and industry conferences. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is an alumnus of RPISEC. He holds a BS and MS in computer science. ​ Blackthorne was an active member of the Student Security Club and CTF team, RPISEC, from 2012 to 2015, where he taught seminars on Reverse-Engineering, Exploitation, and various other Cybersecurity topics.


Clark Wood

security researcher and instructor

Clark Wood is a security researcher and instructor at the Boston Cybernetics Institute (BCI), focusing on Reverse Engineering, Exploitation, and CI/CD. He recently built a Reverse-Engineering and Exploitation platform for a DoD customer and is the Lead Engineer for BCI’s Government Services. Clark was formerly on the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he was a member of the Cyber System Assessments Group. ​Clark holds a BA in Economics from the University of Florida, a BS and MS in Computer Science from Florida State University, and a Master’s in Technology and Policy from MIT. ​


Rodolfo Cuevas

security researcher and instructor

Rodolfo Cuevas is a security researcher and instructor at BCI, where he focuses on understanding how design constraints can be used to limit the impact of an attacker on a system. His research combines the adversarial mindset with approaches influenced by Systems and Control Theory. ​ Rodolfo was a staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and began his career as a RADAR and Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) analyst. Later, Rodolfo transitioned to evaluating and Red-Teaming tactical and commercial cyber systems in support of DoD and other government programs. ​ Rodolfo holds a BS, M.Eng., and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University.


Reed Porada

security researcher and instructor

Reed Porada is a security researcher and instructor at BCI, focused on getting to the "so what" of both defensive and offensive cyber measures. Reed also leads BCI training in Cyber Systems Analysis, focusing on developing systems-thinking skills of developers up to managers. ​Reed was a staff member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory for ten years, where he was responsible for Test and Evaluation, Test Automation Research, Red-Teaming of Cyber Systems, and Blue System Architectures. Reed was a computer scientist at the Naval Research Laboratory focused on wireless communication systems. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MS in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Offensive Cyber Security Ops

Achieving Dominance in Cyber Warfare



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