Training Session - Pentest / Red Team

Adversary Tactics: Red Team Ops

May 12, 13, 14 and 15th

Course Abstract

As organizations scramble for a way to keep from becoming the next breach headline, they’ve begun looking for ways to simulate the sophisticated attackers they now face. Organizations that have started to adopt an “assume breach” mentality understand that it’s not a matter of if they’re compromised by these advanced adversaries, but when. The best way to test modern environments against these more advanced threats is with a Red Team that leverages the same tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) as the adversaries themselves. If you want to learn how to perform Red Team operations, sharpen your technical skillset, or understand how to defend against modern adversary tradecraft, Adversary Tactics: Red Team Ops is the course for you.

This intense course immerses students in a simulated enterprise environment, with multiple domains, up-to-date and patched operating systems, modern defenses, and active network defenders responding to Red Team activities. We will cover all phases of a Red Team engagement in depth: advanced attack infrastructure setup and maintenance, user profiling and phishing, host enumeration and “safety checks”, advanced lateral movement, sophisticated Active Directory domain enumeration and escalation, persistence (userland, elevated, and domain flavors), advanced Kerberos attacks, data mining, and exfiltration.

A focus will be on “offense-in-depth”, i.e. the ability to rapidly adapt to defensive mitigations and responses with a variety of offensive tactics and techniques. To drive this concept home, students will go up against live incident responders that will actively hunt for and block malicious activity in the environment. The responders will provide real-time feedback to students to demonstrate what artifacts attackers can leave behind, and how students can adapt their tradecraft to minimize their footprint. Come learn to use some of the most well-known offensive tools from the authors themselves, including co-creators and developers of PowerView, PowerShell Empire, PowerSploit, PowerUp, and BloodHound.


Day 1:

  • Red Team philosophy/overview
  • Engagement management
  • Covert infrastructure deep dive - setup, protection, maintenance
  • Initial external reconnaissance and OSINT
  • “Offense-in-depth”
  • Evading network detections and active incident responders (“hunting”)

Day 2:

  • Initial access
  • Host triage and offensive “safety checks”
  • Detection and evasion of host-based defenses
  • Maintaining your foothold (short vs. long term and userland vs elevated persistence strategies)
  • Privilege escalation methods through abuse of misconfigurations

Day 3:

  • User and network resource mining
  • Credential abuse
  • Active Directory enumeration and abuse - intelligence gathering, domain escalation, covert persistence, and BloodHound
  • Kerberos attacks in depth
  • Pivoting through the target network

Day 4:

  • Providing value to client
  • Blue team training objectives
  • Data movement and external exfiltration
  • Complete lab debrief

Who Should Attend

This course is not for beginners and includes a team-based, on-keyboard execution of a simulated red team engagement in a complex network scenario. Participants should be comfortable with penetration testing concepts and tools, Active Directory, and attacking Microsoft Windows environments.

What to Bring

A laptop with the ability to connect to the internet. The course VMs/lab environment will be cloud-hosted and accessible through a browser.


Trainers to be determined , SpecterOps

Specific instructors will be determined soon. The SpecterOps team consists of sought-after experts, who bring years of breach assessment (hunt) and red team experience from both commercial and government sectors.

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