Free Infosec Curriculum for Teens – Hacker Highschool

Hacker HighschoolAs part of my continuing research into how to introduce kids and teens to infosec, I ran across this great non-profit site called Hacker Highschool run by ISECOM. You may have heard of this group before — they maintain the OSSTMM, or the Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual.

Hacker Highschool itself offers a series of PDF lessons with content and hands-on exercises that teach the fundamentals of information security. Although ISECOM designed the course for self-study with an email list for questions and answers, instructors can use the material in a traditional classroom setting as well. And the best part of all — it’s free. Now, if you are planning to teach this class to make a profit, they do ask for a mere $150/year license. That price also gets you access to their “cloud” lab for exercises.

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After skimming the material I can honestly say that it looks to be an excellent resource for giving kids, teens, and even some adults a basic background in the security field. Each chapter contains between 25 and 50 pages of detailed content, exercises, and other resources where students can learn more. Just to give you a feel for the content, here is the table of contents for the current curriculum. I’ve augmented it some in parentheses just to give you a better idea for the content in each chapter.

  • Lesson 01 – Being a Hacker (31 pages; what hacking is and tons of other resources on where to learn more)
  • Lesson 02 – Essential Commands (25 pages; all the basic command line operators for Windows [even the famous TracerT 😉 ], Linux, and OS X)
  • Lesson 03 – Ports and Protocols (25 pages; anything fundamental you can possibly think of related to networking, including topics such as the OSI model, TCP/IP, protocols, and IP addresses)
  • Lesson 04 – Playing With Daemons (29 pages; further networking but at the application layer, including http, smtp, irc, ftp, telnet, ssh, dns, and dhcp)
  • Lesson 05 – System Identification (32 pages; how to find out as much as possible about networked systems using tools like whois, dig, nslookup, traceroute, nmap, and netcat)
  • Lesson 06 – Malware (Viruses, Trojans, etc.) (12 pages; just your standard chapter on the different types of malware and countermesures against them)
  • Lesson 07 – Attack Analysis (47 pages; overview of different threats, examples of past threats, attack techniques, and mitigations such as IDSs, sniffing/Wireshark, and honeypots)
  • Lesson 08 – Forensics (53 pages; basic OS overview and where to find the goods as well as tools and techniques for doing forensics on them)
  • Lesson 09 – Hacking Email (36 pages; how email works followed by its vulnerabilities and how to attack and defend it using tools like PGP/GPG, dig, SEAK, and Maltego)
  • Lesson 10 – Web Security and Privacy (24 pages; how the web works, its common vulnerabilities, how to attack and protect it, and tools like netcat, Nikto, and proxies)
  • Lesson 11 – Passwords (13 pages; just some basic background on passwords and interesting topics like password cracking)
  • Lesson 12 – Internet Legalities and Ethics (14 pages; legal implications and laws dealing with “hacking” along with double-use technologies such as ECHELON and CARNIVORE)

To check this great free resources out, head on over to their main page.

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16 comments for “Free Infosec Curriculum for Teens – Hacker Highschool

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  4. November 28, 2014 at 9:22 pm

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