The OffSec Learning Library is continuously growing with the addition of new content. To enhance user experience and ensure easy navigation, we have developed a content designation system that clearly differentiates content difficulty levels and their relation to other content within the OffSec Learning Library.
Below is a brief overview of the OffSec Content and Course Designation System:
|Essential/Introductory Level Content||-|
|Foundational-level Content||200-level Courses|
|Advanced-level Content||300-level Courses|
|Expert-level Content||400-level Courses|
Note: An "OffSec Course" is a carefully curated learning path created by OffSec, culminating in a proctored exam and certification.
From now on, only “OffSec Courses” will be assigned a numerical difficulty level, while other content will be classified as Essential/Introductory-level, Foundational-level, Advanced-level, or Expert-level.
Below, you will find the Content Designation System to the following:
Refers to foundational knowledge that is not exclusive to cybersecurity, but is crucial for understanding and excelling in the field, such as basic computer science concepts, networking fundamentals, programming languages, and operating systems.
- Essential Content: This category focuses on the foundational knowledge and skills that are not exclusive to cybersecurity, but are crucial for understanding and excelling in the field. Essential Content includes topics such as basic computer science concepts, networking fundamentals, programming languages, and operating systems. By learning these core concepts, learners can build a strong foundation that will help them grasp and apply cybersecurity-specific topics more effectively. Essential Content is akin to learning math to excel in physics, as it provides the necessary background knowledge required for a deeper understanding of the subject.
- Introductory Content: Introductory Content is specifically tailored to introduce beginners to the field of cyber security. This category will cover the basic principles, concepts, and terminology related to cybersecurity, such as threats, vulnerabilities, and risk management. Learners will learn about different types of cyber attacks, security controls, and defense mechanisms to protect systems and networks from potential threats. Introductory Content aims to provide an initial understanding of the cybersecurity landscape and the challenges faced by professionals in the field, setting the stage for more advanced topics and skill development.
This category is designed for learners who already have a basic understanding of cybersecurity concepts and are ready to build upon that knowledge. Foundational-level content will dive deeper into specific topics and techniques, such as penetration testing, web application attacks, and blue team techniques. Learners will obtain essential skills needed to identify, assess, exploit, and defend vulnerabilities in various systems and networks, while also understanding the legal and ethical aspects of cybersecurity.
Advanced-level content is intended for learners who have a solid foundation in cybersecurity and are looking to further refine their skills and knowledge. This category will cover more complex topics, such as advanced exploitation techniques, reverse engineering, and malware analysis. Learners will also be introduced to specialized tools and frameworks used by professionals in the field. This level requires a higher degree of critical thinking and problem-solving abilities, as well as hands-on experience in cybersecurity.
This category is tailored for cybersecurity professionals who have extensive experience and are seeking to master the most sophisticated aspects of the field. Expert-level content will delve into cutting-edge techniques, research, and tools used by industry experts. Topics may include advanced persistent threats (APTs), zero-day exploit development, and advanced evasion techniques. Learners at this level are expected to have a deep understanding of cybersecurity concepts and a strong ability to apply their knowledge in real-world situations.