Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Malware Analysis Course on Pluralsight!

Since 2010, I have been running my Introduction to Malware Analysis course at various conferences and organizations, and have taught over 200 students. I've heard from many of my former students that they've used what they learned in the course to help them successfully combat malware in their organizations - some have even gone into the malware analysis field themselves!

I only teach my course once or twice a year; for the past few years it has only been at DerbyCon. The problem with that is the material sits unused for most of the year, with no one gaining benefit from it.

So, when I was approached by the great people at Pluralsight to record my course and put it online, I jumped at the chance. It was a long process to do, but well worth it. This week, the course was released under the name Malware Analysis Fundamentals.

Malware Analysis Fundamentals is an online version of my Intro to Malware Analysis course. The course takes you from knowing nothing about malware analysis to being able to manually analyze malware in a safe and consistent manner. Like my regular course, you still analyze real malware using the techniques used by incident responders everywhere.

The one thing that I found out while creating this was that its not possible to put everything from my sit-down course into the online version. If I did, the course would have been at least double the length and no one wants to sit through that! Therefore, Malware Analysis Fundamentals gets to the essence of the material and teaches the fundamentals needed to get the job done.

There is also more to come. I already have plans for other MA courses at Pluralsight, branching into more advanced techniques and courses on analyzing alternative forms of malware.

I hope you enjoy the course and I look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts on the course!