7Safe’s Certified Security Testing Associate (CSTA) course has been certified under the GCHQ Certified Training (GCT) scheme. The GCT scheme was established by GCHQ to help professionals and organisations navigate the increasingly saturated cyber training market and quickly identify courses that meet the highest standards of both content and delivery. The course is delivered at 7Safe’s Cyber Development Centre in Hertfordshire and throughout the UK. The certification was awarded by APMG International, GCHQ’s independent certification body responsible for ensuring training providers match GCHQ’s high standards.
This 4-day infrastructure ethical hacking course was developed and maintained by 7Safe, PA Consulting’s technical security practice, over a decade ago in response to market demand from clients wishing to develop their own capability to support their organisation’s in-house cyber team. The course provides a comprehensive understanding and practical hands-on journey into the hacking mind-set, examining and practically applying the tools and techniques that an external threat may use to launch “infrastructure” attacks on their organisation. The course is regularly updated by our penetration testing team with the latest insights and knowledge gained from helping clients protect their IT infrastructure. 7Safe’s CSTA course has also been accredited by CREST and the IISP and provides skills that are readily transferred to the work place.
Richard Allen, Education Business Development Manager at 7Safe, said: “Gaining GCT certification for our CSTA course provides added reassurance to our customers that the training they will receive meets the highest standards, both in terms of content and delivery. As a training provider we’re conscious that there is an abundance of cyber security training courses on offer, and it can be difficult for customers to identify highly competent trainers and good quality, up-to-date courses. The GCT scheme addresses this issue – providing customers with a choice of rigorously assessed training courses, thus they can feel confident that they’ll receive training which is consistent with industry best practice.”
Steven van der Baan, CSTA Instructor and Penetration Tester, said: “We are delighted GCHQ has certified CSTA. Our courses have been developed to give organisations self-sufficiency in technical skills – such as initial information gathering, target scanning and enumeration through to gaining access, exploitation, privilege escalation and retaining access – that enable them to counter many of the threats that they face. The GCT certification assures attendees and their companies that they are getting the best return on their investment in training and are as protected as possible in an uncertain threat landscape.”
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About 7Safe Limited
7Safe provides cyber security and digital investigation advice, education and technical services to all technology-enabled organisations and can help your organisation to discover, develop, maintain and grow your cyber security and information investigation capabilities.
Certified Security Testing Associate (CSTA) – This four day infrastructure ethical hacking course is 7Safe’s most popular core-level technical course for people from a wide variety of network related and security roles across all industry sectors looking to develop their own capability to support their organisation’s in-house cyber team. The course is a hands-on journey into the hacking mind-set, examining and practically applying the tools and techniques that an external threat may use to launch infrastructure attacks on their organisation. Throughout the course, the various stages of that attack, or equally a penetration test, are explored from initial information gathering, target scanning and enumeration through to gaining access, exploitation, privilege escalation and retaining access. While practical in-depth hands-on exercises using various tools reinforce the theory, delegates experiment with a Windows 2012 domain (server and workstation) plus a Linux server. The course demonstrates cyber-attack techniques but this is always done with defence in mind and countermeasures are discussed throughout, enabling delegates to identify the threats and understand the strategies, techniques and policies required to defend their critical information.
What is the Benefit of choosing a GCT Course?
• Individuals and organisations can easily and quickly identify high quality, relevant training
• The course materials have been rigorously assessed against the exacting standards of GCHQ
• The quality of the trainers’ delivery and the course administration has been quality checked
• GCT is based on the industry-respected IISP Skills Framework
• GCT is invaluable for anyone seeking to acquire or improve their cyber security skills, including those seeking CESG Certified Professional status.