My Cover6 Solutions Summer Cyber Camp Experience

I attended the Cover6 Solutions Summer Cyber Camp (Attack & Defend Workshop) from August 24th – 28th. The course was taught by Tyrone Wilson who is also the Founder and President of Cover6 Solutions.

We foster a fun, collaborative, and open environment where we embrace trial and error, encourage creative thinking, and we treat failures as learning tools.

-Cover6 Solutions

The statement above is a perfect representation of what the class was like. It was held via GoToWebinar, and our microphones were unmuted to encourage participation and collaboration. Unfortunately for me, class was held during my work hours and I wasn’t able to actively participate. The videos are recorded however, so I was able to view them after class.

A room for the Cover6 Summer Cyber Camp was created in TryHackMe. The workshop consisted of instruction by Tyrone Wilson, and hands-on challenges in the Cover6 TryHackMe room.

The schedule went like this:

  • DAY 1
    • Home Lab Setup
    • Passive Information Gathering/OSINT
    • Windows & Linux OS Familiarization
    • Common Services, Threats & Attacks
  • DAY 2
    • Active Information Gathering
    • Vulnerability Identification & Analysis
    • IPv6 Overview
  • DAY 3
    • Wireshark Fundamentals
    • The Metasploit Framework
    • Exploitation
    • Post Exploitation
  • DAY 4
    • Windows Forenics
    • IDS/IPS Tools
    • Incident Handling & Response
    • Threat Hunting With Security Onion
  • DAY 5
    • Tools of the Trade
    • Capture the Flag (CTF) on TryHackMe

Tyrone also went over different job roles in cybersecurity, resume writing, and creating effective LinkedIn profiles.

The “Windows Forensics” portion consisted of Sysinternals and commands related to viewing information on Windows systems.

I’ve taken several online courses in the past, and this is the first one I’ve taken where the instructor was actively engaging with the students. Instead of just taking us step-by-step through each problem, he encouraged us to research and problem solve on our own first (something that in my opinion is very important to know how to do in this field). If we were completely stuck on a challenge, then he would walk us through it while at the same time asking us how we think it might be done. I thought this approach was great.

Some of the tools that were covered aside from those listed in the above schedule, were NMAP, Nessus, TCPDump, Mimikatz, and Netcat.

Another great thing about Cover6 training is that the learning doesn’t stop when the workshop is over. The Cyber Summer Camp included continued access to the course material (including updates), resume services, 30 days of TryHackMe access, access to Security Onion through Cover6, and access to Splunk and Boss of the SOC through Cover6.

In addition, Cover6 Solutions has excellent content on their YouTube channel.

To get a feel for what the workshops are like, check out this Cover6 YouTube video.

There is also an upcoming Cover6 Solutions SOC Analyst Prep Virtual Workshop which is based around the CySA+ certification.

I really liked the Summer Cyber Camp Attack & Defend Workshop. I thought that Tyrone was an excellent instructor and the hands-on portion was fun and challenging.