SHELL-AFFECT CERTIFIED – INTERMEDIATE
Once you are certified SAC-I, you’ll have proven and shown
the following skills and competencies:
Development of own methodology
Preparation of structured and detailed documentation
Strong analytical and creative thinking skills
Linux & Windows Administration
Manual & automatic vulnerability identification and analysis
Manual and automatic exploitation
Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)
Professional Documentation & Presentation
Linux (Ubuntu, Kali, Debian)
Windows (XP up to Windows Server 2019)
Web server (Apache, Python, IIS)
Databases (MySQL, PostgreSQL, MSSQL)
Domain Name Systems (DNS)
Mail Services (POP3, IMAP, SMTP)
Manipulation of Network Traffic
OSI Model & TCP/IP in-depth
Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES)
Open Source Security Testing Methodology Manual (OSSTMM)
OWASP Top 10 (2017)
GNU Debugger (GDB)
The Certification Process
We aim to make the process as simple and straightforward as possible.
The entire process is divided into 4 phases with each phase holding a maximum number of points to collect.
You can collect 100 points maximum throughout all of the phases and you only need 80 points to pass the certification.
Phase 1 – Course material
First, you’ll learn the course material. Essentially like the “study period” in Phase 1, students complete exercises that earn points.
To achieve the full score of 30 points, students must complete 60 exercises
that require creativity, problem-solving abilities, and personal commitment.
Phase 2 – Lab Environment
During this phase, you’ll build your local network environment.
You can collect a maximum of 40 points in this stage if your penetration test is a
success. You’ll receive 5 points for only one access with user privileges, and
another 5 points for only one access with administrator privileges.
Phase 3 – Live Presentation
In this phase, you’ll share your successful penetration test with the instructors via a live 60-minute presentation through a screen-sharing service.
You’ll receive points during the test for:
- Content and complexity
- Logical and clear methodology
- Presentation method
You can achieve a maximum of 10 points for each criterion and in total can receive 30 points for this phase.
Phase 4 – Rank (Bonus)
In this phase, students will collect bonus points to help them get over the 80 point threshold to pass the certification.
When the students reach the rank “Script Kiddie” on the HackTheBox Platform, they will receive an additional 5 points.
Also, if they have reached the rank “Hacker”, they will receive another 5 points.
A maximum of 10 points can be earned at this phase.