Q: How does the ABL Cyber Range lab helping students get the cyber jobs they want?
A: hands on cyber experience learning cyber job skills put’s students at the front of cyber job line.
Recent Success: Lab Assistant Marc Rodriguez, has spent the past 6 months gaining cyber range lab experience to help get a cyber job. He has worked and volunteered at the ABL Cyber Lab Range helping other students. He has countless hours of practice with cyber lab tools. Using NMAP, Metasploit, Aircrack, burp suite and wireshark, many others as part of building cyber job experience. Marc uses the cyber job tools to scan, probe, identify and enumerate vulnerabilities for exploitation. As a result he can apply his hands-on job skills to workplace experience. The training is designed to develop critical thinking skills. Marc now understands “what’s going on” in the attacks and why the attack works. This provides the best chances for defending against common and more complicated attacks. Marc has also studied for 4 months and has pass his CEH and Security+ certifications. Combining both real world application of cyber job tools he can apply what he knows to situational team conversations. He can also demonstrate how he applies his cyber job skills to cyber job scenarios.
A Cyber Job winning formula = Months of hands-on practice builds valuable skills + Industry certifications confirm specific areas of knowledge.
Results: this week, Marc now works as a Cyber Analyst for a major University here in Arizona.
Continuing the Mission: this past Saturday (aka. Cyber Saturday’s), Marc held a Cyber Lab MITM (man in the middle) wifi attack walk-thru. Marc used the ABL Cyber Practice Range QuickStart Guide and demo’ed the process. The students then used the same Guide and repeated the MITM attack.
The ABL Cyber Range trains many useful tools like Aircrack, and is a safe place to practice and gain experience. You need to read and then do the MITM hacking activities. The cyber range lab has 6 Wifi Access Points to hack and experiment with using different tools and scripts. The cyber range internal servers host a dozen other server VMs (virtual machines) with vulnerable websites and applications to hack. Pentesting takes practice, starting at the beginner level cyber range. Once completed, students go on to upper intermediate cyber range exercises. After completing these two ranges, you will better understand how to defend against the “plays” used in the bad actors playbooks.
Cyber Saturdays at the Range lab provides students topics on tools or exploiting specific vulnerabilities. Students comment and engage with the presenter. They brainstorm ideas to create options for using other tools to cover their tracks or speed up the processes. Some students discuss their real world cyber job experiences so everyone gains for their lessons learned.
Since everyone is encouraged to start with the basics, even more advanced attendees find the refresher valuable and are surprised at all they had forgotten over a few years. And the newbies quickly gain the confidence to keep moving and with progressively more powerful and interesting activities. The ABL Cyber Range support team is available for students inside the local Tempe AZ lab, and online for our VPN users.
Get Hired: cyber certifications get you the interview, hands-on skills win the job
Our students are getting hired in IT and Cyber Security Jobs. Why are they winning? The ABL students going out on job interviews are prepared and ready to show what they have learned both gaining cyber-certifications, AND they are able to demonstrate the skills to apply that knowledge on the job. That’s the winning comb!