Windows Internal Architecture
The Windows PC continues to be the primary productivity device in enterprises small and large alike. Due to its ubiquity, the Windows desktop remains the favorite target for attackers to gain initial access into an organization, move laterally, and maintain their foothold. Whether you analyze malware, perform security research, conduct forensic investigations, engage in adversary simulation or prevent it, or build security solutions for Windows, understanding how Windows works internally is critical to be effective at your task.
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This unique course takes you through a journey of Windows internals as it applies to user-mode execution i.e. applications and services. Everything is examined through the lens of security both from an offense and defense perspective.
For each topic that is covered, components, architecture, data structures, debugger commands, and APIs are discussed with the hands-on labs helping with observing things in action and thus solidifying the understanding of the topic.
This training course focuses on security-related topics and does not cover topics related to Win32 application development.
In the hands-on lab exercises, students dig into the user and kernel mode components of Windows using debugger (WinDBG/KD) commands and learn how to interpret their output to understand the behind-the-scenes operations of the system. Students also run various custom tools that poke at certain security features of Windows and observe their behavior. Hands-on lab exercises are performed on pre-captured memory dumps and on a live VM running the latest version of Windows 10 64-bit.
Live-Online & In-Person
Live Online, Columbia, MD, Client Site
Security researchers, malware analysts, threat hunters, incident responders, digital forensics investigators, red-teamers, blue-teamers and security software developers.
Attendees must have a solid understanding of operating system concepts and have a working knowledge of Windows. This course does not require any programming knowledge.
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I really enjoyed the course! It was interesting to see a different perspective on penetration testing and ways of progressing from recon to initial access to escalating privilege and lateral movement.
- Robert L., Washington, DC
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Upcoming Training Sessions
August 16-20, 2021 (Columbia, MD)
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