Proactive Network Defense


A three-day training course in network security, showing how to defend against cyber attacks of all levels of sophistication, up to and including APTs.


PND is an exercise-driven training course that will guide you through attacking a real network step by-step, so that you can gain a thorough understanding of a modern attacker’s mind-set and capabilities. We then teach you techniques that will help you to defend your network against attacks of all levels of sophistication, up to and including Advanced Persistent Threats.

How is it different to other courses?

  • The course is delivered by experienced security professionals, who perform penetration tests and APT attack simulations on a daily basis.
  • We focus on teaching offensive security techniques, so that you can fully understand the capabilities of modern attackers and therefore how to defend against them.
  • This is a practical, exercise driven course. We’ve simulated a real network for you to attack, which allows us to teach you the core principles that you could usually gain only through real world experience.
  • We teach you how to implement robust security that really works, not just security 101 like configuring firewalls and setting strong passwords.

Who should attend?

This is a technical course aimed mainly at those who are responsible for deploying and managing network infrastructure, but if you’re interested in understanding hacking and security, this is also for you. You won’t need any prior security knowledge, as we cover the basics on the way to advanced topics. You will need to know Unix and Windows basics (setting an IP address, installing software, copying, moving, deleting and reading files) and network fundamentals such as the difference between TCP and UDP, the format of an IP address, subnetting / CIDR notation, and to be familiar with the more common protocols such as ICMPHTTPDNS and SNMP.

Course highlights

  • You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of how modern attackers can bypass current perimeter security controls and break into an internal network
  • You’ll see how it’s possible to gain full control over a fully patched Windows 2012 domain
  • You’ll learn about security weaknesses in the common flavours of Unix (Solaris, RedHat, Debian, etc.)
  • Most importantly, you’ll learn how to build a secure network that can withstand a targeted attack

Benefits to your organisation

  • Helps to ensure that your network is resilient to an attack, against even the most advanced threats
  • Reduces the number and severity of the vulnerabilities that are introduced into the network
  • Increases your organisation’s overall understanding of security, reducing the time and cost of remediating vulnerabilities
  • Stimulates a positive attitude and an understanding of the importance of security within the infrastructure team


Download the Proactive Network Defense Brochure below for the full syllabus




MWR Training Proactive Network Defence UK


Interested in our PND course?

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In house courses

We also offer in-house courses for up to 50 members of your staff, which can be customized to suit your unique requirements.

For private courses in the UK, call +44 (0)1256 300 920.

For private courses in South Africa, call +27 (0)10 100 3157.

For private courses in the US, call +1-888-742-9528.

You can also send us a message and we will get back to you to discuss your requirements.

Accreditations & Certificates

MWR is an accredited member of The Cyber Security Incident Response Scheme (CSIR) approved by CREST (Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers).
MWR is certified under the Cyber Incident Response (CIR) scheme to deal with sophisticated targeted attacks against networks of national significance.
We are certified to comply with ISO 9001 and 14001 in the UK, internationally accepted standards that outline how to put an effective quality and environmental management systems in place.
MWR is certified to comply with ISO 27001 to help ensure our client information is managed securely.
As an Approved Scanning Vendor MWR is approved by PCI SSC to conduct external vulnerability scanning services to PCI DSS Requirement 11.2.2.
We are members of the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST), an organisation serving the needs of the information security sector.
MWR is a supplier to the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which provides commercial and procurement services to the UK public sector.
MWR is a Qualified Security Assessor, meaning we have been qualified by PCI to validate other organisation's adherence to PCI DSS.
As members of CHECK we are measured against high standards set by NCSC for the services we provide to Her Majesty's Government.
MWR’s consultants hold Certified Simulated Attack Manager (CCSAM) and Certified Simulated Attack Specialist (CCSAS) qualifications and are authorized by CREST to perform STAR penetration testing services.