HackerOps w/ Ralph May (16 Hours)

HackerOps w/ Ralph May
4 Sessions – 4 Hour Classes

Instructors: Ralph May

Includes: Slide deck and links to all the material and tools needed with instructions, all the source code for all the labs, six months of free access to the BHIS Antisyphon Cyber Range

To conduct an advanced attack, you need more than just a collection of simple scripts. In addition to talent, you need a large amount of managed and unmanaged code. The more code and resources that are required to conduct an engagement, the more time we need. Time is some-thing we don’t have a lot of on an engagement.

Today, to be an advanced and effective attacker, you need to move fast, and that speed re-quires a move to a DevOps style of managing infrastructure and code. With cloud resources and APIs to manage these resources, the days of manual setup are long behind us.

Where do we get started? And how does it all work?

In this training, we learn the fundamentals of DevOps and how we can code our TTPs. Coding TTPs allows for new tactics and improved OPSEC to be shared without the cost of knowledge transfer and manual setup. This class will introduce students to Terraform Ansible and Docker with the goal of writing TTPs to use and share.

In this class we will learn the fundamentals of Terraform Ansible and Docker with an emphasis on how we can use these tools to code our TTPs. After we have the fundamentals, we will start coding and get comfortable with YAML and will review how to create resources and customize TTPs. Lastly, we will work through multiple labs and examples that you can take with you for your next engagement.


After having taken this course, students should have:

  • A thorough understanding of advanced attack infrastructure
  • A full methodology for building red team resources
  • Instructions and sample code on how to build out full attack infrastructure and how to integrate TTPs.


  • Penetration testers
  • Red teamers
  • Ethical hackers
  • General security practitioners


There is no particular skill level necessary to take this course.


Students should have general Windows / UNIX command line skills in order to complete all of the hands-on labs.


  • A credit card (You will be signing up for cloud service accounts such as Microsoft Azure and AWS. These services require a credit card for signing up.)
  • Before registering, please check that both Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure services are available in your country. (Note that if you cannot sign up for these services you will not be able to participate in the labs)
  • A computer with:
    • x86-compatible or x64-compatible 2.0 GHz CPU minimum or higher
    • 8 GB RAM or higher required
    • 40 GB available hard drive space
    • Windows 10 (This training utilizes VMware Workstation Player to run two different VMs)
  • Internet access


Ralph May is a security analyst and penetration tester at Black Hills Information Security. Before joining BHIS, Ralph spent the last five years delivering penetration tests on a wide range of security assessments. These assessments include physical, wireless, network, social engineering, and full simulation red teams. Before focusing on security, Ralph worked as a system administrator and as a network engineer for both civilian and government employers. Ralph is a US Army veteran who previously worked with the United States Special Operations Command (USSOC) on information security challenges and threat actor simulations.
Ralph has contributed to multiple open-source security tools and spoken at numerous security conferences. He’s a lifelong learner and finds joy in discovering how technology truly works. When Ralph is away from the keyboard, he likes the outdoors, boating, exercising, and spending time with his family.


Tues, November 2, 2021 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET

Wed, November 3, 2021 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Thu, November 4, 2021 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Fri, November 5, 2021 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

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