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    Default SecurityTube Python Scripting Expert Review

    So I signed up today and just waiting for the information to start the course. Figured I'd start a thread and post my review of each module as I complete it. I know some would disagree with starting with programming on the path to security, but it's the area I am most worried about so I am doing the "face your fears" thing. Plus I want to complete a few certs prior to starting my Masters. Let the journey begin!
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    I started this week on this course along with 2 others from my office. So far we are all enjoying the content. Vivek (the instructor) does a great job starting slow in module 1 and showing the basic concepts for working with python. If you are already a code monkey then module 1 may be kind of slow for you. If you have never written any code its a good pace. You may watch the first few videos and find yourself scratching your head but hang in there he does start to tie it all together in the later videos.

    If you are thinking about taking this course or waiting for your info to get started, the suggested environment used for the labs is Python 2.7 (and some work in python3) running on Ubuntu 11.10 server 64-bit. So if you are in a holding pattern waiting for your info you may want to download Ubuntu server and get it patched and configured. You can use Backtrack or any other environment but if you run 11.10 server the paths and such used in the video should all be the same.

    I only have watched the module 1 videos so far and we just received the download link for modules 4-9 this morning. So far the experience has been good.

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    Awesome, thanks for the info! So all the programming is done in the command line?
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    I picked up the course as well and watched the intro. Haven't had time to watch the rest. I'm hoping to do it over lunch for the next month or two. I'm looking forward to all the comments and reviews.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_Grinch View Post
    Awesome, thanks for the info! So all the programming is done in the command line?
    Its done in VIM.
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    Got an email this morning with all the needed information. Will begin the course on Monday!
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    I like it so far. Only a few videos into mod 1. I know nothing about computer languages and I am able to keep up and understand why the language works the way it does.
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    I agree with afcyung, I have a limited knowledge of python, but got through the first two videos and can already tell that I won't have an issue following along. Just need to get my development environment up and running...
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    I signed up for this too although I haven't really started yet. I did look at the first video in the first module and I just got my Ubuntu 11.10 environment up so I can exactly follow along with the instructor. Whether I'd go for the cert is debatable, but having a structured video tutorial seems like a natural for for the subject.

    For those who haven't signed up, I believe the individual videos will be released for free over time.
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    Thanks for the heads up everyone, definitely sounds like something I would want to do in the future.
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    I also want to note that is accent gives the training a distinct advantage. I find that he paces himself extremely well, which makes learning and following very easy.
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    Completed two more videos in Module 1 and he is very through in his coverage thus far. Very happy I picked up this course, but definitely going to be some work involved once I get onto the other modules. Setting up the environment was very easy, though it is probably best to set it up in bridge mode so it gets assigned a reachable ip. So far so good though!
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    The_Grinch - I picked up this course also. I took your recomendation and completed up to day 4 of the udacity course. I also completed the LPTHW before beginning. I seem to be able to grasp onto python unlike other languages. That makes me so happy. I also have some ruby, and ruby on rails The main thing for me is practice right now. I don't think I would have found this course without your signature block.
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    Thanks for the information!
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    Happy to help! I need to get back into study mode and start moving along with this.
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    I'm seriously with you on that, Grinch.

    The new job has me streched a bit thin right now though. Jeeze, always so much to do, 'eh? And my Sec+ & VCP classes start at the end of August!
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    Yup, it is funny how quickly life and work gets in the way!
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    Okay, I think I'm officially going to start this next week after I take CISSP. Enrolling now to get the study material. I figure this will a good way to keep my mind occupied during the the three to four weeks of waiting to find out if I passed.
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    Yeah, my goal is to complete this and then move onto OSCP. Hopefully those two will get me out of the support desk!
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    Yeah, my goal is to complete this and then move onto OSCP. Hopefully those two will get me out of the support desk!
    That's pretty much my goal too. It seems like the three things that people keep saying are helpful for OSCP are Bash, Python and Assembly.

    I know bash inside and out. So I'm not worried about that at all. So I'll use this for python and there is also a free primer on securitytube for Assembly. Does anyone happen to know anything about the format of the exam? Had trouble finding specific details on the securitytube site.
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    If you login to the student portal, module 9-01 is Exam Pattern and Mock Exam
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    It will probably be a few days until I have access. The only thing I'm wondering, is...hands-on practical or multiple choice?
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    Most definitely hands on, pretty sure he gives you a program to write.
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    Awesome...that's what I wanted to hear
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    So I just finished all the videos in the first module. I have to say, I'm hooked. I'm very excited to start getting into the actual security implementations. How's progress going for everyone else?
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