We know how hard it can be to figure out where to start in Cybersecurity - that's why we've curated this list! You can find learning resources, tools, walkthroughs, and more below
HackTheBox.eu - Generally more advanced boxes, however there are some easy boxes too
TryHackMe - A useful website for walkthroughs and instructional learning (which can be hard to come by in cybersecurity). Some of our favourite rooms are linked below (and you can find a full list here)
Immersive Labs - A collection of highly interactive labs, ranging from theory to guided tutorials of common tools - free for students!
Vulnhub + Docker Machines - Vulnhub is a website full of Virtual Machine images, ready to be hacked! Specific boxes that we enjoyed are listed below, along with some cool Docker images we've used for exercises!
OverTheWire Wargames - A collection of miniature challenges, mostly Linux based, and great for learning the basics
Hack this Site - A site similar to Wargames with a series of missions, in a range of difficulties
Hacksplaining - The basics of hacking with interactive examples and short quizzes
GTFOBins - A website that shows possible privilege escalation vectors through SUID/GUID binaries
ippsec.rocks - A searchable directory of hundreds of HackTheBox video walkthroughs
OWASP Top 10 - OWASP's list of the most critical Cybsersecurity risks
excess-xss - A comprehensive guide to Cross Site Scripting attacks
AWS UK-OFFICIAL Quickstart - AWS' Template for an Official-rated cloud network. A good example of secure cloud infrastructure!
Scraping Club - A great website full of web scraping challenges
Enumerating Active Directory - An interesting article on common commands when poking around a Windows Domain Controller
Burp Suite Tutorial from Comparitech
Udemy - A large catalogue of Cybersecurity courses
LinkedIn Learning - Cybersecurity Foundations - A course by Malcolm Shore, with more courses on his page
LinkedIn Learning - Python for Automation - A course by Sam Pettus, covering the basics of web scraping, Python HTTP requests, and more
Udemy Automation - Another automation course
Computerphile Password Cracking - A brilliant explanation of password cracking (featuring plenty of sexy GPUs)
Computerphile SQL Injection - A great visual explanation of SQL Injection
Computerphile Diffie-Hellman - A gorgeous visual explanation of a popular key exchange algorithm for all you cryptography nerds
CompTIA Exam Prep - A (long) video that goes over the crucial information for the CompTIA+ Qualification - even if you're not studying for it, this video is a great intro to networking!
Ippsec - A YouTube channel dedicated to walkthroughs of HackTheBox and other challenges
Juice Shop Solutions - A comprehensive list of solutions for the Juice Shop Challenges
Jack Barradell-Johns - Excellent writeups from our former Vice President!
WireGuard Setup - Set up your own VPN network with WireGuard!
Remember the Code of Conduct (and the Computer Misuse Act) when using these tools! They are for education only, to be used on systems where you have explicit permission
Once you're sure you're working ethically and within the law... have fun!
Nmap - A tool for enumerating networks, with lots of built in scripts for enriching information - this is the first step in most security assessments!
Gobuster - Insanely fast tool for discovering webpages on a domain - often the first step when exploring a web app
pspy - For monitoring processes on a Linux machine - useful for discovering interesting things post-exploitation!
Bloodhound - Brilliant tool for visualising exploitation paths in Active Directory, and suggesting exploits
Burp Suite - A powerful tool for capturing and analysing HTTP requests, and modifying them on the fly - this is an essential in your toolkit!
Wireshark - An incredibly powerful tool for analysing network traffic
Scrapy - A powerful web scraping framework
sqlmap - A tool for automatically detecting and performing SQL injection attacks
Metasploit - An extensive set of exploit implementations, downloadable for free via Metasploit Framework
Impacket - A collection of brilliant Python Scripts, perfect for pulling secrets out of Windows Machines (and much more). We used many of these scripts during our Enumeration Session
tomcatWarDeployer - For deploying malicious payloads to compromised Tomcat webservers
Social Engineering Toolkit - A suite of social engineering and OSINT tools, including phishing and fake login pages!
Ghidra - A suite of software reverse engineering tools, developed by the NSA
Cyberchef - A GCHQ released tool that's useful for encodings, cryptography and a ton of other useful tools!
jwt - A tool useful for decoding JWT tokens used in web applications
John the Ripper - A great password cracking tool, supporting hundreds of hash and cipher types
Regex101 - A lovely little regex checker, for help with all those greps
tmux - A video guide to tmux from Ippsec, a useful tool for terminal productivity
HTTPBin - A website for testing HTTP requests
CTF Tools - A work-in-progress repo with various cybersecurity tools, including a password cracker and a repeater, built by Mac
Red Teaming Toolkit - A collection of amazing repositories and tools for all your hacking needs
SecLists - Thought this list was long? This repo compiles an egregious number of passwords, URLs, and payloads for fuzzing, password cracking, and everything in between
ExtendsClass - A host of free online developer tools for testing Regexes, API calls, XML validation, and more!
Security of Advanced Systems - A research group @ UoS, focusing on security by design and security analysis methods
Verification - A research group @ UoS, focusing on formal methods and mathematically rigorous verification of software and hardware
Linux Pocket Guide by Daniel J Barrett - A detailed list of the most useful Linux commands, and how to use them!
Web Application Hackers Handbook by Stuttard and Pinto - An incredibly detailed book with demonstrations of a wide range of exploits
Network Security Assessment by Chris McNab - Another highly detailed book focusing on network security
Red Team Field Manual by Ben Clark - A Red Teamer's reference guide
NCC Group - A series of great blogs, including the excellent 'Black Team War Stories'
Hacker News - A curated list of technology news articles
Risky Business Podcast - A regular podcast taking a deep dive into Cybsersecurity news
NCSC - The official blog of the National Cyber Security Centre
AWS Security - General security articles from AWS
AWS Provable Security - Another AWS blog, focusing more on formal methods