I wanted to share some feedback from the classes, in case any of you are considering attending an upcoming edition. Currently I'm scheduled to teach at Black Hat Seattle on 9-10 December. I plan to continue offering my class through Black Hat as they expand their training location offerings.
Student feedback from NSM101 included:
- Great tools, fun labs, very prepared -- a lot of experience from interesting real world scenarios.
- This course was everything I hoped for and more. Very impressive considering the course is new.
- One of the best training classes I have ever taken.
- Richard hosted an exemplary class.
- I thought the class was excellent, and the content was relevant and informative.
- The instructor was there when help was needed. I can easily take what I learned here and apply it to my work.
- Excellent instructor and class. It is nice to learn from true pros who are humble and willing to help.
- Richard is an excellent speaker. His use of real world examples added value to each lab. The material was easy to understand and very well thought out.
- The stories behind the scenes and the practical notes (i.e., how to create a team) really helped.
- Great balance of hands-on and theory.
- Easy to follow and inspiring, even for an NSM beginner like me.
- Great companion to the new NSM book.
- This class was fantastic. I wish I could send my whole department.
- I look forward to using your book and teaching some of your techniques to my students.
In the "constructive criticism" category, several students recommended that I modify the class description to better suit the class structure. For example, some students didn't realize they would be using Security Onion in the class. A few students told me they would have sent more people from their team if they had a better sense of what the class was going to include. I will fix that for the Seattle edition and future events.
Overall I very much enjoyed teaching the new class. I will make a few tweaks to fix typos but otherwise I am ready to teach again in December. Once the registration form is active I will post it via Twitter.
If you have any questions, please post them as comments here or via Twitter to @taosecurity. Thank you.