Webcast: How to Build a Home Lab

This is a joint webcast from Black Hills Information Security and Active Countermeasures.

How many of us have tried some new configuration option, utility, or hardware on a production environment, only to crash a critical piece of the business? (me raising hand…) It’s amazing how quickly we learn not to do that! Now we have to decide – do we stop trying out new things because we’re scared of causing problems, or do we come up with a safe way to play and learn?

We’re going to cover how to set up a Home Lab – an isolated environment where you can test new hardware, programs, and applications. By keeping this totally separate from everything else, you get free rein to play without risk to your other systems – and without risk of breaking any company policies!

We’ll cover how to set this up, the equipment needed, and how to configure these. Best of all, you can use throwaway hardware to do it!

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Slides for this webcast can be found here: https://www.blackhillsinfosec.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/SLIDES_HowToBuildHomeLab.pdf

0:00 – You’re In Charge

2:06 – Ok. But Why?

7:18 – The Network Layout

9:43 – (John’s Spaghetti)

20:38 – Project Hardware

26:06 – Firewall

29:21 – Switch

30:53 – Wireless AP

36:49 – Sentinel

38:33 – File and Drive Image Transfer

41:04 – Laberv

43:41 – Guinea Pigs

44:46 – John’s Setup Porn

46:44 – HELK

47:35 – Beaker

48:13 – Creating Evil

49:48 – Recording

50:14 – Incrementally Opening Up the Firewall

51:50 – Software

53:31 – Packet Capture

54:25 – Network Monitoring

55:09 – Scanning

56:12 – Disk Imaging

56:43 – On a Budget – What’s Critical

57:04 – Closing Notes

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