Hosted Penetration Testing Virtual Labs
What are the Proving Grounds (PG)?
Introducing the Offensive Security Proving Grounds (PG), a safe virtual network environment designed to be attacked and penetrated as a means of learning and sharpening your pen testing skills. These standalone labs provide a way for us to allow not only students, but also enterprises to practice in an environment similar to the PWK labs. This allows the user to practice and develop their pentesting skills in the safety of a whole new virtual lab environment, separate from the PWK labs, but still simulating what they would encounter on a real pentest. OSCP cert holders will appreciate what this new environment has to offer.
The PG were created using our years of experience running the Offensive Security Training Labs, as well as the large number of pen tests we have conducted over the years. This allows us to mirror interesting scenarios and introduce them into our hosted virtual labs. The virtual lab network is rife with both public and private vulnerabilities, each designed to deliver a specific educational experience to attacking participants.
Why the proving grounds?
Our certificate holders constantly ask us for ways to continue honing their skills. One of the highest rated components from students of the Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PWK) course has been the power of our integrated exploratory course labs. They’ve enjoyed them so much that they have asked us to create standalone labs.
Our hosted virtual lab networks are rich with various Operating Systems and attack vectors, allowing participants to utilize and hone a broad set of Offensive Security pen testing skills. Many vulnerable machines have non-standard configurations, often forcing participants to dig deep into the vulnerabilities in order to complete their task, rather than blindly using automated tools. This in turn provides for a richer and significantly more educational experience. Simply pointing existing attack tools at the targets and clicking “go” won’t work.
Who would use the Proving Grounds?
Pentesting professionals are the obvious role who would benefit from Proving Grounds, however, you might be surprised to know that pentesters make up around 25% of our student population. The importance of understanding how systems are penetrated in the real world has become important to many other adjacent roles.
The hosted virtual labs were created as a “next-stop” for experienced pen testers and those that have completed the OSCP examination. Built to be a challenging environment, our pen testing virtual labs can frustrate even the most confident of information security professional.
Virtual Labs offer a professional pen testing experience
Great care has gone into creating a network of over forty systems consisting of multiple operating systems. These systems are configured to represent a range of installations – from locked down modern servers to classic configurations still found in networks everywhere. The systems are deployed in a manner that mirrors real-world situations, complete with network segmentation and IPS protected “High Security” zones.
All the scenarios generated are based on real-world exploitations that have been conducted for various customers to ensure your exposure is as genuine as possible.
Just a few key benefits of the Proving Grounds
- Allows for interesting pivots and expanding possibilities
- Our labs recreate corporate environments
- Users can practice different techniques that may be relevant to a specific OS
- Our labs grow as we discover new exploits
- We use our Exploit Database and pentest assessments to ensure the proving grounds stay up to date
- Users get exposed to scenarios they would encounter in the real world
Penetration Testing Lab Types
Dedicated Hosted Virtual Labs for Corporations
A fully hosted virtual pen testing lab solution can be purchased on an exclusive basis. This provides a dedicated environment of your labs along with a management account to use as you see fit. The management account has a wide array of functionality such as the ability to revert all virtual systems at any time and control what systems are accessible per user. User account progress can be tracked by the management user to identify what systems have been compromised.
Shared Hosted Labs Access for Individuals
Currently lab access is only available for corporations, and not yet offered for individuals. For individuals interested in the Penetration Testing with Kali Linux (PWK) course but are worried they are not yet prepared, please take advantage of our Free Kali Linux Training. This training will help individuals gain a solid understanding of administrating Kali, leading towards the exciting KLCP certification and is a great starting point in preparing for the PWK. And best of all, its free!
Ready for our Hosted Virtual Labs?
Gain a hands-on, professional pen testing experience through the use of our virtual labs. Go above and beyond to sharpen your security testing skills and protect your company or organization. Contact us to learn more about access and availability to our pen testing virtual labs, the Offensive Security Proving Grounds.