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Security Masters Dojo

Advanced and intermediate security training and technology enhancement for information security professionals.

Dojo trainings will be held on March 14-17, 2020.

CanSecWest: Security Masters Dojo Vancouver

To address the need for intermediate and advanced educational requirements that go beyond the introductory materials typically found in most currently existing training (which are often geared towards the novice level) for professionals who already have significant work experience, and want to further improve their skills, we have assembled a curriculum of hands-on, one day, training programs - delivered by industry renowned experts who are pre-eminent in their fields.

This is information security university level training for practitioners who already have substantial knowledge and wish to broaden their boundaries. It goes beyond introductory level material to focus and delve more deeply into technical subjects that aren't addressed in other currently available training.

Please mail secwest20 [at] to be put on the announcement list for the Dojo. But you would probably be better informed by following @dragosr twitter feed. :-)

This is the tentative 2020 Dojo list

(More Dojos will be added.)

Two Day Courses

March 14-15, 2020 Saturday/Sunday

9:00-17:00 Practical Firmware Implants by Jesse Michael and Mickey Shkatov
9:00-17:00 Applied Hardware Attacks: Rapid Prototyping by Joe FitzPatrick
9:00-17:00 Pentesting and Exploiting Corporate infrastructure - Advanced Edition by Vikram Salunke
9:00-17:00 Windows Kernel Exploitation - Foundations by Ashfaq Ansari
8:30-18:30 Advanced Windows Tradecraft in place of "Offensive PowerShell for Red and Blue team" by Nikhil Mittal
9:00-17:00 Black Belt Pentesting / Bug Hunting Millionaire: Mastering Web Attacks with Full-Stack Exploitation by Dawid Czagan

March 16-17, 2020 Monday/Tuesday

9:00-17:00 OPSEC for Security Researchers by Krassimir Tzvetanov
9:00-17:00 Active Directory Attacks for Red and Blue Teams - Advanced Edition by Nikhil Mittal
9:00-17:00 Finding Firmware Implants by Jesse Michael and Rick Altherr
9:00-17:00 Applied Hardware Attacks : Hardware Implants by Joe FitzPatrick
9:00-17:00 Pentesting and Exploiting Corporate Infrastructure by Vikram Salunke
9:30-17:00 IPv6 Network Security with Scapy by Guillaume Valadon
9:00-17:30 Hunting the Adversary: Applying Cyber Threat Intelligence by John Bambenek
9:30-18:00 Reversing for the JVM and Android by Marc Schoenefeld
9:00-18:00 Windows Kernel Exploitation Advanced by Ashfaq Ansari
9:00-17:00 Black Belt Pentesting / Bug Hunting Millionaire: Mastering Web Attacks with Full-Stack Exploitation by Dawid Czagan

Four Day Courses

March 14-17, 2020 Saturday-Tuesday

9:00-17:00 Practical iOS 13 Kernel Exploitation by Stefan Esser
9:30-18:00 Advanced Fuzzing and Crash Analysis by Richard Johnson
9:00-17:30 The Arm IoT Firmware Laboratory by Saumil Shah
9:00-17:30 Automated Reverse Engineering with Binary Ninja by Josh Watson
9:00-17:00 Practical Baseband Exploitation by Nitay Artenstein

Two Day Dojo Registration Price (not incl. tax)

Date Cost($CAD)
Sep-Oct $3100
November $3300
December $3400
January $3500
February $3700
March 1-13 $3900
Door Price$4100

Four Day Dojo Registration Price (not incl. tax)

Date Cost($CAD)
Sep-Oct $6000
November $6200
December $6400
January $6600
February $6900
March 1-11 $7100
Door Price$7400

Courses may be canceled if the student numbers do not reach a required minimum.

Dojo Course Curriculum


Our course format is oriented towards maximum information transfer and learning retention.

Research into learning retention rates has proven:

Teaching Method Knowledge Retention
See/Hear - Lecture 5%
Reading 10%
Audio Visual / Video 20%
Demonstration 30%
Discussion Group 50%
Practice by Doing 75%
Teaching Others 90%
Immediate application of learning in a real situation 90%

Patterned after martial arts combat training, the Security Masters Dojo will focus on real world applications of new skills which can help you advance in the field of information security. You will learn difficult to aquire skill sets from the world's top practitioners. A series of tests will challenge and verify your skills in each course area. But you can rest assured that if you study and persevere, by attaining and overcoming the challenges, you too will indeed become a world class expert in information security - with an exclusive skill and knowledge level few have reached.

Our instructors are each considered to be the world's top experts in their field. Many have been responsible for the creation of some of the most famous and useful security tools and methodologies you probably use frequently in your normal security tasks. All have given many introductory courses and are experienced instructors. They are knowledgeable in what students need to advance their skills. Many have created course material that other instructors still use. Each has taken that wisdom and knowledge of training and refined it into material to take your understanding to the next level. Our goal is to empower you to be the experts in your organization so that you can help your company be an information security powerhouse. Let our sensei transform your skill to the next degree of intensity.

Each two day class is offered in two sessions per dojo and features one or two expert instructors teaching a small group (maximum of ten people are allowed to register per session, class max 20). Courses have a strong hands-on laboratory component and prepared exercises for you to perform.

To accomodate this, each class may have prerequisites for software loads and a laptop is mandatory. The individual class guides will list material the students are expected have knowledge about coming in to the course and software tools that need to be pre-installed before attending so you get the maximum benefit from the focused intermediate or advanced level course. Please pay particular attention to the prerequisites, as the material listed there will not be reviewed in the courses, and will be necessary to get the maximum benefit out of these educational programs.

The small size (20) means that space is limited, so you must book early, but you will be assured that the low student-instructor ratio will mean that you will each get specific attention to assisting your individual learning process.

Our sensei masters have said "Hai!" to the challenge of improving your skills. I hope you choose to say so too and rise to the challenge of increasing your information security knowledge.



Dragos Ruiu (a.k.a. Dojo Mama-San)