Home Lab Setup Course

This course is a look at setting up a home detection lab.

1 hour, 9 minutes

Course description

A guide to setting up a home lab using open-source, free software. Students will see the available options on the market for virtualization (VirtualBox or VMWare Workstation/Fusion) and how to download/install various VMs for intrusion detection and testing purposes. This knowledge will allow the students to set up their own lab if they so choose, and have a greater understanding of what's available for a home lab setup.


Set up/provision Security Onion

Video - 00:10:00

For students who want to follow along: we will walk through how to set up and provision Security Onion within VirtualBox.
VirtualBox installation

Video - 00:13:00

For students who want to follow along, a quick how-to for installing VirtualBox.
Intro to building a security lab

Video - 00:05:00

An introduction to setting up your VM and downloading all the necessary tools.

Video - 00:07:00

Why it's important to document your lab setup and security detections.
Tools and technology

Video - 00:11:00

Walking through some of the tools and technology we will be using.
Lab use cases

Video - 00:06:00

Exploring the importance of knowing what you want to accomplish from your setup before you just start downloading software.
Detection lab overview

Video - 00:19:00

An overview of popular technologies available when creating a home lab for intrusion detection purposes.

Meet the author

Mark Viglione

Mark Viglione is a graduate of Penn State University. He has experience working at a Fortune 500 company as a cybersecurity engineer. Mark is the founder of Enigma Networkz, a SaaS cybersecurity data analytics company helping small to midsized organizations protect their environment from cyber threats. He is a member of Ben Franklin Technology Partner's client portfolio program and has been a speaker at Penn State Berks LaunchBox events. He has also authored various cybersecurity related coursework and labs.

Mark holds multiple cybersecurity certificates: SSCP (Systems Security Certified Practitioner), SANS GCIA (Certified Intrusion Analyst) and CompTIA CySA+ (Cybersecurity Analyst).

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