April 9, 2021

How to find people to learn from

High schooler interested in cybersecurity, i already know what courses to take and the path i should pursue but one of the things i know i should do is shadow somebody. Its been recommended to find one through the adults in my life but i don’t really have any that have those kinds of connections. How do i get myself out there to learn? Is it possible to shadow somebody online or is it specifically in person? Thankyou



You’re not going to have much luck “shadowing” someone actually in the field without some form of internship. NDA’s (non-disclosure agreements) and that type of stuff would have to be in place. No company (that takes security seriously) is going to allow random people a front seat into how their security functions without proper agreements in place.

The best place to learn CyberSecurity, is to learn IT/Networking stuff. How can you secure a network, if you don’t even know how to build/administer one? How can you hack a website if you don’t know how webservers and backend stuff like apache function?

While you’re in college, a good place to start is to find a business focused IT job. Random mom&pop computer repair shops won’t teach you anything. If possible, a job in your colleges’ IT debt would be a great start to get you hands-on so you can learn these kinds of technology, and from there you’ll understand how to secure them.

Consider making a home-lab at your house. Play around with setting up a functioning network, then creating VLANs, making NAT rules. Try to spin up some servers on a virtual machine and understand how that works. You’ll be exposed to this in typical sysadmin/networking type roles.


Gonna be hard to find people to shadow. Best thing is to further your self study and master it.

There’s also local Meetup groups for OWASP, join those and look to meet people there or at least listen to monthly security talks.

My recommendations are to get Network+, security+, and get an AWS Cert (CCP and associate solution architect), learn basics of ethical hacking (hands on, if you need courses I can recommend some) and learn bash and python, master Linux. I used Udemy/youtube for all my studies

Do lots of outside learning, schools are often behind. These are things I wish I did while i was in school but I was also working as a internships for my last two years so didn’t have time.

For a pentesting cert, I’d go for the OSCP, this is a tough cert but will open doors, the courses below will gear you for the cert! Plan a year of studying for the OSCP!

Here are some hacking courses that are cheap and you can do on the side that will take you from zero to hero!

– The Cyber Mentor – Ethical Hacking ([https://www.udemy.com/course/practical-ethical-hacking/](https://www.udemy.com/course/practical-ethical-hacking/))

– Tib3rius – Windows Privilege Escalation for OSCP & Beyond! ([https://www.udemy.com/course\windows-privilege-escalation/](https://www.udemy.com/coursewindows-privilege-escalation/))

– The Cyber Mentor – Windows Privilege Escalation for Beginners ([https://www.udemy.com/course/windows-privilege-escalation-for-beginners/](https://www.udemy.com/course/windows-privilege-escalation-for-beginners/))

– Tib3rius – Linux Privilege Escalation for OSCP & Beyond! ([https://www.udemy.com/course/linux-privilege-escalation/](https://www.udemy.com/course/linux-privilege-escalation/))

– The Cyber Mentor – Linux Privilege Escalation for Beginners ([https://www.udemy.com/course/linux-privilege-escalation-for-beginners/](https://www.udemy.com/course/linux-privilege-escalation-for-beginners/))

Then do some Hacking Labs – Here are some Options

– [HackTheBox – $20/M]([https://app.hackthebox.eu/home](https://app.hackthebox.eu/home))

– [TryHackMe – $10/M]([https://tryhackme.com/login](https://tryhackme.com/login))

– [VulnHub – $Free]([https://www.vulnhub.com/](https://www.vulnhub.com/))

– [Proving Grounds – $20/M]([https://www.offensive-security.com/labs/individual/](https://www.offensive-security.com/labs/individual/))

– [Virtual Hacking Labs – $99/M](https://www.virtualhackinglabs.com/)

Also, r/howtohack

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