Getting Started with Packet Decoding w/ Chris Brenton

Getting Started with Packet Decoding w/ Chris Brenton
4 Sessions – 4 Hour Classes

Instructor: Chris Brenton

Includes: Certificate of completion; six months of BHIS Antisyphon Cyber Range access for those who pay $195 or more

This is a Pay What You Can course. Please see this course’s registration page for the Pay What You Can discount codes.

One of the core disciplines of security is understanding how systems communicate over the Internet. This skill set is crucial to spotting abnormal behavior and attack patterns. In this class, we will go beyond the fundamentals of how IP communicates and dive into the subtle nuances. This will help the student identify anomalous patterns when they occur.

Much of this class is spent focusing on the IP, ICMP, UDP, and TCP headers. We will step through each of the fields within each header to ensure that the student understands how the data within that field plays a role in communications. This knowledge is deepened by observing the behavior in packet decodes, some of which are normal traffic while some are common attacks. The goal is to give the student a foundational knowledge of IP communications that they can immediately apply to their daily workflows.

This class assumes that you are new to decoding network traffic. There are no prerequisites beyond being able to load and run a virtual machine (VM) on your system and some familiarity with working at the command line. The class is filled with hands-on exercises, many of which are walk-throughs of packet decoding tools that will guide you through the process. Full labs are then used to reinforce what you have learned.


Beginner, Junior Analysts and Network Engineers


Chris has been a leader in the IT and security industry for over 20 years. He’s a published author of multiple security books and the primary author of the Cloud Security Alliance’s online training material. As a Fellow Instructor, Chris developed and delivered multiple courses for the SANS Institute. As an alumni of Y-Combinator, Chris has assisted multiple startups, helping them to improve their product security through continuous development, and identifying their product-market fit.


Tues, August 17, 2021 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST

Wed, August 18, 2021 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Thu, August 19, 2021 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Fri, August 20, 2021 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

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