Bad, Good, and Super-Cringey Infosec Lab Environments golden dumps cvv, cheap dumps cc

I’ve had the (dubious) honor and privilege of witnessing a couple decades of IT educational lab environments. Even after well over a decade of full-time cybersecurity work, I often still have to re-certify on various tasks which require I complete a live lab or CTF (capture the flag). I build such environments myself. The way we train people to use the command line, explore tools, and learn about how security works has changed drastically, mostly for the better.
When I was in tech school and college ages ago, most training was still theoretical – on paper or fill-in-the-blank. Forward-thinking instructors might find a way to simulate systems and tasks in some manner, but it was a tiresome, manual process. Virtualized environments have been revolutionary for IT training in general. We now have the ability to build complex network environments that closely simulate reality, yet can be reset or manipulated by instructors at will. Gone (should be) the days of lab questions that required a single static response when reality allowed for many. Gone (should be) the days of unstable and unrealistic labs that require lots of physical intervention.
Unfortunately, problems persist across many educational and certification lab environments. I still find myself in CTF or certification environments which teach more about how to game or fix the lab than about the learning objectives. When I bring this up to other infosec professionals, I often get the same response: “well, we had to figure them out, and surviving made us clever…”. That’s certainly debatable, but in my opinion, it as much gate-keeping as, “we had to network in strip clubs” or “we didn’t have documentation outside of man pages”.
In an educational environment, learning objectives and expectations should be clear and quantifiable to both the students and the instructors. If the environment accomplishes those objectives for the intended audience then it did its job. If it does not, it failed. We have to recognize that not every student is the same type of learner as us, and not every student has the same technical background. Remember that it is the era of the tablet and many young people today do not own a home PC, much less one they may administer. Providing challenges for exceptional students is fine, but those challenges should not be a barrier to expected learning progression.
All that said, let’s talk about some essential characteristics of a good educational lab environment – whether it be a CTF, a classroom exercise, a certification test, or a cyber range:
I would gently remind all lab creators, administrators, and vendors that the success of their cybersecurity lab environments in meeting learning objectives reflects strongly on their organization’s professionalism and motivation to see their participants succeed. I’ve heard many complaints from instructors and lab facilitators at established institutions that they are not receiving adequate funding or resources to meet these basic standards. Labs are an indispensable part of cybersecurity training in 2020. There is no excuse for well-resourced educational organizations to not adequately support and fund adequate and professional-quality labs.
If you want to learn more about building great training labs and CTFs, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Building Virtual Machine Labs: A Hands-On Guide by Tony Robinson. It’s an easy read that offers step-by-step solutions for building something you can be proud of.
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