Hello, programmers, security professionals, hackers and everyone who is interested in information security. I am taking security courses in my university but I found there is only lab so I have to learn by myself, there will not be any tutorials. So I want to ask you. Can anyone recommend any ethical hacking, it security courses? Has anyone attendend www.thehackeracademy.com. Does it worth its price? Thank you for any information beforehand.

  • There are a range of courses in many countries - you really need to look locally, speak to your course leader and discuss your needs from a course. Security Stackexchange isn't a suitable place to ask this sort of question (it comes under 'subjective') so I'll have to close. Have a look at security.stackexchange.com/questions/3592 though, which may be of interest.
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Oct 21, 2011 at 13:19

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first suggestion: this thread will get better responses over "https://security.stackexchange.com/", so get it moved there


I've been a self-learner of Security for long time, and from my own (and other security enthusiasts I know) experience I can say that you don't need to take any paid course to learn about Security..... actually that might give you a good boot-up but there are lots of free/open resources which would help you do the same.

I'd say start following blogs/tweets of good Security Experts that you can get hold of. Follow what's being discussed in Security Conferences (like DefCon, BlackHat, ShmooCon & more), you can even get loads of videos from these conferences on Youtube, Vimeo and their respective site.

I did started with a very basic intro guide (an open-content e-book) to hacking, but it's in its initial stages..... if you wanna keep a tab on it and follow up, the link is

Link: https://github.com/abhishekkr/eden_guide_to_hacking

until now I've covered:: part.0 Fundamentals, part.1 Hacking Cycle step.0 Acquiring Target, and part.1 Hacking Cycle step.1 Reconnaisance [Active Recon, Passive Recon]


apart from learning basics, also keep track of what's going on in Security Arena from portals like

Link: http://threatpost.com/en_us

Link: http://www.exploit-db.com/

and for any query you can always post it on https://security.stackexchange.com/


Google has example app with many vulnerabilities - Gruyere Many good papers on security can be found in BlackHat Archives


Security field has many different sides, depending on what you want to work with later you should pick courses.

They only course I can personally recommend is very technical, and it is on pen-test side, they will not teach you how to configure firewall or write security policy but instead you will see world from hackers perspective: OSCP


PS: Of course there are other courses that also great. I am sure there will be a lot of other abbreviations :)

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