What is the difference between CAST 611 and other Hands On-Courses
As with any course there are other pen test courses on the market and in our opinion some are better than others. We find that these courses focus on the building of scripts and the writing of exploits aspect of penetration testing which can limit the audience and reach of the course.
The CAST 611 focuses on identifying and assessing the risk to your clients. This requires learning what areas of the network can be potentially penetrated by a threat, and then taking the data, analyzing it, and presenting in a usable form to the client.
Another thing that the CAST 611 does is prepare you for a number of different targets. The course range offers students many different targets, and the targets get progressively more difficult. Once a student accomplishes the goal of determining the weaknesses of the first targets, and then assessing that risk, they move to more complex ranges with more difficult targets.
The target designs are based on more than 25 years of real world experience from a professional pen tester whose task was also to work as a network defender. Students can expect to encounter decoys triggers and honeypot/honeynets that they will have to find. There are more than 12 targets at every level.
The CAST 611 has had many students who have completed or attempted other hands-on courses, and they have let us know that the changing targets are a significant challenge, and very few have mastered all the levels of the targets.