OSWP – WiFu Training
I figured that the article that I wrote about the OSCP training that I did a while ago went down really well, I’d write another aritcle about the Offensive Security WiFu course, and the OSWP challenge.
As you probably remember I loved the OSCP challenge, what could possibly be better than a “live hack” to pass an exam!
The WiFu course, walks you through a lot of theory to start off with, and some may be very tempted to skip this section of the material, all I can say is don’t. You will gain a wealth of knowledge on the theory of wireless networking by going through this section. I thought that I already knew quite a bit about wireless networking and the security there of before I took this course, and well, let’s just say that I didn’t.
The course mainly concentrates on how to use the aircrack-ng suite of tools, and it does this in a manner where you actually learn the best way to use these for their relevant purpose. Some people may say, “Why not just read the help/man pages?” Trust me, I read the help/man pages, and I was quite proficient with the aircrack-ng suite before I did the training, now not only am I confident, I also know exactly what I’m doing.
The price of the course is once again extremely reasonable, it comes in at a measly $350, which is honestly nothing for the knowledge that you will gain from doing the course and taking the challenge. They also give you a list of recommended hardware for the course and for me that in itself was worth it. The wireless card I now posses is a lot better than my previous one, and the range really is phenominal.
In regards to the challenge itself, it’s amazing, no bells and whistles, just cracking wireless AP’s in a safe environment, but it’s the stuff that you need to know if you’re planning on doing this in the real world at all. You’re allowed 4 hours to complete the challenge, and this is more than enough time to make the odd mistake here and there.
I’ve read quite a bit on wireless security over the past year or so, and well, I could have saved myself a lot of time and effort by taking this course first. I know that I have easily spent over $350 on books alone on this topic.
If you’re at all currently involved in wireless networks and/or security and you’re thinking about doing some training, make it this course, as it will cover what you need to know.