A peek at 'The Art of Hacking' course

Watch a video introduction to this unique course that teaches a wealth of hacking techniques to compromise the security of various operating systems, networking devices and web application components.

About this Course

Tech Type Premium
Duration 5 Days

Securing customer data is often crucial when deploying and managing web applications and network infrastructure. As such, IT administrators and web developers require security knowledge and awareness in order to secure their environment. Due to this requirement, operational staff often require hands-on training and experience to identify, control and prevent organisational threats. This introductory/intermediate technical class brings together Infrastructure Security and Web Application Security into a 5-day “Art of Hacking” class designed to teach the fundamentals of hacking. This hands-on training was written to address the market need around the world for a real hands-on, practical and hacking experience that focuses on what is really needed when conducting a penetration test.

This class teaches attendees a wealth of techniques to compromise the security of various operating systems, networking devices and web application components. The class starts from the very basic and builds up to the level where attendees can not only use the tools and techniques to hack various components involved in infrastructure and web hacking, but also gain solid understanding of the concepts on which these tools are based. This class combines a formal hacking methodology with a variety of tools to teach the core principles of ethical hacking.

  • Approaches attackers take when targeting organisations
  • Conducting penetration testing engagements step by step and leveraging open source and publicly available tools to gain access to vulnerable systems
  • Understanding how to exploit your own network before attackers do

Target Audience

  • System Administrators who are interested in learning how to exploit Windows and Linux systems
  • Web Developers who want to find and exploit common web application vulnerabilities
  • Network Engineers who want to secure and defend their network infrastructure from malicious attacks
  • Security enthusiasts new to the information security field who wants to learn the art of ethical hacking
  • Security Consultants looking to relearn and refresh their foundational knowledge


  • Basic familiarity with Windows and Linux systems e.g. how to view a system’s IP address, installing software, file management
  • Basic understanding of Network fundamentals e.g. IP addressing, knowledge of protocols such as ICMP, HTTP and DNS
  • Basic understanding of HTTP fundamentals e.g. Structure of an HTTP request, HTTP method verbs, HTTP response codes

The above requirements are not mandatory but are recommended due to the pace of the class. The Kali 101 course can be undertaken as a prerequisite to this course.

Learning Outcomes

  • You will be able to discover and fingerprint systems and services available within their infrastructure
  • You will be able to discover and exploit Windows and Linux operating systems through a variety of well-known vulnerabilities
  • You will be able to conduct password brute force attacks to compromise services and gain access to a host
  • You will discover the techniques for hacking application servers and content management systems to gain access to customer data
  • You will be able to conduct client-side attacks and execute code on a victim’s machine
  • You will be able to identify common web application vulnerabilities and introduce security within their software development lifecycle in a practical manner


  • The Art of Hacking (QATAOH) course written and updated for 2019 and benefits from the latest vulnerabilities in current and future platforms /systems. E.g. we do not talk about hacking windows XP and 2003 servers (unlike CEH) but talk about circumventing controls in Modern OS such as Windows 2012 / 16 servers. High impact vulnerabilities such and or mass compromise vulnerabilities are taught in the class.
  • Unlike CEH, where the focus is to run a tool to achieve an objective which helps attendees pass the exam, we focus on the underlying principles on which tools work and provide attendees an understanding on what is the root cause of the vulnerability and how does the tool work to exploit it. We also talk about how the vulnerability should be mitigated.
  • The class benefits from a hands-on lab which is hosted in the NotSoSecure cloud. Every attendee gets their own dedicated Virtual Machines upon which they practice each and every vulnerability in detail.
  • In terms of reputation, this course remains one of the most popular class's at BlackHat and other major events. The course is written and taught by pen testers and the training is based on real-life pen testing experience. The Infrastructure component of the class is featuring this year at BlackHat Las Vegas.

Course Outline

Day 1

  • TCP/IP Basics
  • The Art of Port Scanning
  • Target Enumeration
  • Brute-Forcing
  • Metasploit Basics

Day 2

  • Password Cracking
  • Hacking Unix systems
  • Hacking Application Servers on Unix
  • Hacking Third Party CMS Software

Day 3

  • Windows Enumeration
  • Client-Side Attacks
  • Hacking Application Servers on Windows
  • Post Exploitation
  • Hacking Windows Domains

Day 4

  • Understanding the HTTP protocol
  • Information gathering
  • Username Enumeration & Faulty Password Reset
  • SSL/TLS related vulnerabilities
  • Authorisation Bypasses

Day 5

  • Cross Site Scripting (XSS)
  • Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF)
  • SQL Injection
  • XML External Entity (XXE) Attacks
  • Insecure File Uploads

Become Certified in the Art of Hacking

Designed to teach and build real-world skills, the Art of Hacking also features an optional certification component. The class prepares candidates to enhance their credentials to achieve Certification. However, certification is not simply a multi-choice exam at the end of the class…

  • The Art of Hacking certification is provided by NotSoSecure and is designed to assess candidate’s applied, hands-on skills against over 60 competency-based learning objectives
  • Certification can only be achieved by completing the Art of Hacking “Capture The Flag” (CTF) An examination following completion of your Art of Hacking class; be it face-to-face, live-feed training or through e-learning
  • Certification is awarded against demonstrated skill level; if you pass you achieve Art of Hacking “Ninja” or Art of Hacking “Master”


Certification FAQs

Why create the Art of Hacking Certification?

  • Simple – there is a clear market demand for hands-on, skill-based hacking certification that has an independent certification body behind it.


How do I prepare for the Certification?

  • The best way to prepare is to purchase the Art of Hacking bundle which includes the complete course and Certification in one bundle.


What is the format for the Certification?

  • The format is a Capture-the-Flag (CTF) exam designed to be representative of real-world challenges. Your exam session is booked ahead of time giving you time to prepare – when ready, we issue you with the keys to our unique exam hack-lab and from there you take over. It is open book and real-world; you have to use your hands-on skills to hunt for the various treasure we have created and submit your findings into the examination scoring portal. If you get stuck, you may opt for hints, however - this will also deduct from your available points.


How are my Certification answers scored?

  • Those are graded for completion and accuracy and at the end of the exercises a certification will be awarded as follows:

    • Art of Hacking Ninja: score of 60 -79
    • Art of Hacking Master: score of 80+


How much is the Certification?

  • The Art of Hacking exam costs £350, only available via QA.


What do I get at the end of the Certification process?

  • You will know instantly whether you have passed and whether you are Ninja or Master in the Art of Hacking. Once your score and performance is verified, you will be sent an impressive Art of Hacking Certificate stating your new credentials.


How long is the Certification valid?

  • Certifications are valid for 3 years from issuance date. The re-certification and on-going knowledge maintenance programme will be announced in due course.


Is the Certification easy?

  • That’s up to you! The Art of Hacking Certification is all about you showing that you have developed real-world, hands-on skill. The challenges are based on the material you will have learned but it’s up to you to prepare and demonstrate you have understood each component. You can tackle many of the challenges in the order that you see fit.


Art of Hacking Exam

This is the one day Practical Online lab assessment for the Art of Hacking course (to be booked separately).


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