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Cybersecurity Workshop: Crash Course in Penetration Testing + Capture the Flag

           *Crash Course in Pentesting + Capture the Flag*       

Join us for the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) Cybersecurity Workshop hosted from our Washington, DC location. This is a hands-on, practical workshop where you will put into practice those things you may have read or covered in a class. This is also a great way to keep your skills fresh if you're a veteran.

Every workshop addresses beginner and advanced topic material. Beginners are encouraged to watch and learn as much as possible even though you may not have a clue. Exposure to new tools and techniques by watching will advance your learning process a lot quicker than trying to learn on your own. You will get to ask questions and see how it's done in the real world. Advanced attendees are encouraged to share and help answer "noob" questions as much as possible so everyone can learn from them. 


The Crash Course in Pentesting workshop is designed for people that are new to the field or have an interest in getting into the field of Penetration Testing. The focus of the workshop is to give participants a “fingers on the keyboard“ introduction to both network and web application penetration testing. There will be very little theory – well over 90% of the class will be spent with the instructor Joe McCray walking the participants through attacking several hosts in the target network.

This workshop starts off quickly with network scanning and enumeration, it then moves into exploitation (both remote and client-side), and then finally post-exploitation relying heavily on the features included in the Metasploit Framework. Web Application penetration testing will be covered as well with focus on practical exploitation of sql injection, and cross-site scripting (XSS).


Network Pentesting concepts that will be covered:

• Penetration Testing Fundamentals
• Scope of Modern Pentests
• Compliance Testing (PCI, HIPAA, ISO 27000)
• Blackbox vs. Whitebox
• Full Scope

Web Application Pentesting concepts that will be covered:

• Transitioning from Network to Web App Penetration Testing
• Similarities & Differences
• What Makes up a Web Application Assessment
• Web Application Security Threat Classification
• OWASP Testing Guide

12p - 1p Lunch

1p - 6p Workshop

6p - 7p Dinner

8p - 10p CTF Competition

We are excited to have Joe McCray present this workshop. Joe is an Air Force Veteran and has been in security for over 10 years. Joe has been involved in over 150 very high level pentesting assessments and has some major hacking accomplishments that he can share with his classes. His extensive experience and deep knowledge, mixed with his comedic style has lead Joe to be one of the most highly sought after speaking experts in the industry. Joe makes speaking appearances and gives seminars at major events in the security community such as Black Hat, DefCon, BruCon, Hacker Halted and more. Joe is the recipient of the 2009 EC-Council Instructor Circle of Excellence Award and the 2010 EC-Council Instructor of the Year Award. Joe is the founder and CEO of an IT Security consulting firm that provides in-depth technical security assessments of your network, web application, and regulatory compliance gap analysis.


You must bring your own laptop. No less than 2GB of RAM.

Must be installed with Vmware Player or Workstation (trial version is fine). Mac users install Vmware Fusion (trial version is fine).

Download Kali Linux virtual machine in ISO format.

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Instructions Here


Knowledge of basic networking and IT.Good attitude, willingness to learn and share.

Remote Participation:

This workshop will not be offered remotely.



We only have room for 34 onsite so register early.

Refund Policy:

Refunds are offered if:

The workshop is cancelled

You cancel at least 1 day before the workshop; by 1200 pm Friday (10/11)

Use front door. POC:[masked]

Earn CPE's towards your certification

Food & beverages are provided

Free Parking

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  • Coconut

    I was very impressed ... got me hyped about learning some new things. I will be sure to attend other meets and maybe even complete in a CTF one day :) thanks for opening my mind to something new.

    October 15, 2013

  • Michelle

    Thanks to Lisa and Joe for putting this workshop together. I found it to be very informative!

    1 · October 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It was really fun and educational ! Thanks ! Nice to meet you all.

      October 15, 2013

  • Shelley

    This was a great one!! But pleeeease get a diet soda next time :)

    October 13, 2013

    • Lisa J.

      Got you covered! :)

      1 · October 14, 2013

  • Erin

    Hi Lisa, did Joe provide his slides to us after the workshop? I would like to look over them and see some of the links he listed in them.

    October 14, 2013

    • Lisa J.

      He'll send tomorrow. I'll make sure everyone gets a copy.

      October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time learning! Thanks Lisa and Joe

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait ! Did you hear about the trucker protest? I hope the beltway isn't blocked .

    October 10, 2013

    • Jahma V

      I think that's supposed to be Friday, so hopefully we'll be okay on Saturday.

      October 11, 2013

  • Becky W.

    Looking forward to the workshop.

    September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish there was the same course offered in Northern New Jersey :)

    September 30, 2013

  • Jahma V

    I'm so excited about workshop. I have watched several of McCray's videos on youtube and he's very easy to understand.

    1 · September 24, 2013

    • Lisa J.

      Joe is awesome!

      1 · September 24, 2013

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Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
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Additional notes: You must cancel at least 1 day before the workshop; by 1200 pm Friday (10/11)

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