Red Team: Getting Access w/ Michael Allen – (16 Hours)

Red Team: Getting Access w/ Michael Allen

Instructor: Michael Allen

Includes: Live presentation, PDF of all slides, hands-on exercises (labs), instructions for completing each lab, links to all the material and tools needed, six months of complimentary access to the BHIS Antisyphon Cyber Range, certificate of participation.

Getting a foothold is the first step in a successful breach—be it in the form of user credentials, email access, or code execution on a target system. This course will provide students with the fundamental skills and know-how to perform the most common attacks used to get an initial foothold during a red team exercise.

Since Microsoft products and services are the most widespread platform in use by organizations, Office 365 and Microsoft Windows will be the primary targets of student exercises. Core concepts will also be discussed so that students can apply the lessons learned to other platforms in the future.


  • Students will learn what OPSEC considerations to keep in mind when performing each step from reconnaissance to initial foothold.
  • Students will learn how to counter modern defenses that can interfere with each attack.
  • Students will learn how to set up an environment for testing each attack before running it against targets.
  • Students will get hands-on practice:
    • Performing reconnaissance to support each attack.
    • Setting up their own “botnet” with ProxyCannon to spread traffic across multiple source IP addresses.
    • Executing password guessing attacks such as credential stuffing and password spraying.
    • Phishing for credentials and sessions to bypass multi-factor authentication.
    • Setting up and using Azure Information Protection (AIP) to deliver encrypted phishing emails.
    • Creating “MalDocs”—Microsoft Office documents with embedded executable payloads.
    • Delivering executable payloads during a phishing campaign.


  • Aspiring red teamers
  • Penetration testers
  • Defenders / Blue teamers
  • Information security students
  • Anyone interested in learning fundamental attacks commonly used to get a foothold during red team exercises


Basic familiarity with information security concepts is all that is required to follow along with the presentation and course material. Additional prerequisites required to complete all of the hands-on exercises (labs) are included in the “Student Requirements” and “What a Student Should Bring” sections below.


The following prerequisites are recommended for students to successfully complete all of the hands-on exercises (labs):

  • Students should be comfortable operating from the command-line in Debian-based Linux distributions such as Kali Linux and Ubuntu.
  • Students should be comfortable operating from the command-line and running PowerShell scripts in Windows.
  • Students should be comfortable connecting to remote systems with tools such as Remote Desktop (RDP), SSH, and OpenVPN.
  • Students should be comfortable installing and running Windows and Linux Virtual Machines on their local computer.


Students will need to have all of the following resources to participate in all of the hands-on exercises (labs):

  • High-speed Internet sufficient for participating in a video conference/webinar
  • A modern x64 computer running Windows 10 with at least 8 GB of RAM – Students will need to run PowerShell scripts locally to deploy virtual infrastructure in their Azure environment. Students will also need sufficient hardware to run virtual machines on their own computer.
  • Full Administrator access to their computer
  • A credit card – Students will be signing up for cloud service accounts such as Microsoft Azure and AWS. These services require a credit card for signing up.
  • A mobile phone – Students may need to receive SMS messages to complete signups for cloud service accounts. Students will also require a mobile phone for multi-factor authentication during the labs.


  • A PDF copy of all slides
  • Links to all the material and tools needed
  • Instructions for completing each lab
  • Six months of free access to our Cyber Range


After years of hacking “just for fun,” Michael Allen turned his hobby into a career and began penetration testing professionally in 2014. Since then, he has also spent time teaching courses a Black Hat USA and earned a multitude of infosec certifications, including the OSCE, MLSE, and CISSP, among others. He joined the BHIS team in 2019 where he is proud to work alongside some of the best and brightest infosec professionals in the world today.



Tue, July 27, 2021 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST

Wed, July 28, 2021 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Thu, July 29, 2021 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Fri, July 30, 2021 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Event Type: Virtual

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